As more and more Facebook users become aware of the platform’s privacy flaws, it’s tempting for many to think about leaving the site altogether. However, most can’t commit because Facebook holds so many of their photos and memories. Now, though, Facebook has made it easier for users to pack up their photos and transfer them to Google — creating a potential opening for privacy-concerned users to grab their data and jump ship.
Facebook has made it surprisingly easy to decouple your photos from the platform. First, click on the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the desktop version. Then, click “Settings & Privacy” and “Settings.” From there, click “Your Facebook Information.” In that menu you will be able to select “View” next to “Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos.” Then, you’ll be able to select “Choose Your Destination” — though the only current choice is Google Photos. Once you’ve confirmed that you want a transfer to take place, it can take a while for all of your data to port over, but you’ll receive a notification once the process is complete.
In many ways, this feature is surprising; Facebook isn’t typically in the business of making it easier for users to leave its platform. However, if maintaining possession of your photos was one of your major sticking points to deactivating your account, the thought of logging off forever just got easier to swallow.
The Choice of Tech Experts Worldwide. Try 90 days free of Bitdefender 2020 and experience the highest level of digital safety.
Private Internet Access is an award-winning, cost-effective VPN solution. The use of an anonymous and trusted VPN is essential to your online privacy, security and identity protection.