How to download photos from Facebook to Google Photos

Photo portability, have you thought about that? If you previously needed to backup and download all images on Facebook and then take them to the cloud, the network made things easier and launched a tool that allows you to transfer photos and videos published on the platform directly to other services, such as Google Photos.

“At Facebook, we believe that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another”, said Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policies for the social network. Also according to him, the platform is building a new generation of data portability tools.


As Satterfield recalls, for almost a decade, the social network has allowed people to download photos from Facebook. However, the new photo transfer tool is based on the code developed through Facebook’s participation in the open-source Data Transfer Project and will be available globally in the coming months.

How to download photos from Facebook to Google Photos

People can access the tool in Settings, in the same backup section, in Your Facebook Information. All transferred data is encrypted and, before a transfer is initiated, you are asked for your password.

  1. Access and log in to Facebook;
  2. Click on the menu and click “Settings”;
  3. There, access “Your Information on Facebook”;
  4. The option should appear under “Download your information”.
  5. Didn’t it show up? Direct click;
  6. Confirm your password to enter;
  7. On the “Download a copy of your photos or videos” page, choose Google Photos. In the future, there may be more options like iCloud or another cloud;
  8. You must choose between “Photos” and “Videos”, one at a time;
  9. Then, confirm the operation on your Google account;
  10. Also confirm on the final Facebook screen (yes, confirm and confirm and confirm).

Transferring all your photos can take a long time and will be “In progress” for a few minutes or hours, depending on the size of your photo or video file.

The tool began testing in Ireland in December 2019 and is expected to reach all users. If it hasn’t appeared for you yet, use the direct link from the tutorial above.

*With information: Facebook