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Facebook will now let users transfer pictures to Google Photos: Here is how

The Google Photo transfer tool which was first announced in the US and Canada is now available for users across the globe, Facebook announced on Thursday.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | June 5, 2020 | Updated 14:37 IST

Highlights

  • Facebook is now making it simpler for its user to transfer pictures to Google Photos.
  • The transfer tool which was first announced in the US and Canada is now available for users across the globe.
  • With the Google Photo’s transfer tool, Facebook users can create copies of all the pictures and videos

Social media giant Facebook is now making it simpler for its user to transfer pictures to Google Photos. The Google Photo transfer tool which was first announced in the US and Canada is now available for users across the globe, Facebook announced on Thursday.

With the Google Photo's transfer tool, Facebook users can create copies of all the pictures and videos that they have on Facebook and transfer them to a Google Photo account which is linked to their Facebook. The feature was first enabled in various parts of Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

"People can access this new tool in Facebook settings within Your Facebook Information, the same place where you can download your information. We have kept privacy and security as top priorities, so all data transferred will be encrypted and people will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated," Facebook said in a statement.

Here is how you can transfer your Facebook pictures to Google Photos

—Go to the Settings option after you log in to your Facebook account

— In settings, you will have to find "Your Facebook Information"

— After selecting "Your Facebook Information", tap on "Transfer a copy of your Photos or Video" and then verify by entering your Facebook password.

The transfer will only happen when you set Google photos as the destination. Once the transfer is complete, users will get a notification about the same.

Talking about the new transfer tool, Steve Satterfield, Director of Privacy and Public Policy, Facebook had said, "We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively. To foster that trust, people and online services need clear rules about what kinds of data should be portable and who is responsible for protecting that data as it moves to different services. We hope this product can help advance conversations on the privacy questions we identified in our white paper. We know we can't do this alone, so we encourage other companies to join the Data Transfer Project to expand options for people and continue to push data portability innovation forward."

Facebook had mentioned at the time when the tool was first launched in Ireland that privacy and security are its top priorities and so "all data transferred will be encrypted and people will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated."

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