LAST UPDATED: June 7, 2020, 01:45 P.m. EDT: In April 2020, Facebook announced a tool called “Facebook Data Transfer tool” to provide better Data Transfer portability to Facebook Users. However, this tool was launched only for the users of the United States and Canada. But now, Facebook has announced the expansion of this service. On Thursday, Facebook made this tool available for the other country users too.
What is Facebook Data Transfer Tool?
Facebook Data Transfer Tool is a new tool launched by Facebook to transfer Facebook photos to Google photos to take an online backup. This was done in a view to retaining the nostalgic memories of Peoples with old photos of friends and relatives.
This tool was first made available for Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America last December, for trial purposes. Data Transfer Project is a collective effort from some of the biggest tech companies (Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter, etc) who vowed to make data transfer easier between different platforms.
Today, we are reaching 100% rollout of our photo and video transfer tool that enables people to port their photos directly to Google Photos.
— Alexandru Voica (@alexvoica) June 4, 2020
How to access Facebook’s Data Transfer Tool?
In order to access this tool, Facebook users need to log into their account on app or PC.
Facebook Data Transfer tool for PC:
- After logging into your Facebook account, click on the down arrow at the end of the upper menu bar and select “Settings.”
- Select “Your Facebook Information” option.
- You will be asked to choose the destination. Select “Google Photos”.
- Click on “Transfer a copy of your Photos or Videos”, Done!
Facebook Data Transfer tool for the Mobile app:
- Open the Facebook App.
- Go to settings.
- Select “Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos”
- Choose “Google Photos” as a destination, Done!
Facebook’s director of privacy and public policy — Steve Satterfield, said:
At Facebook, we believe that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another. That’s the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while also encouraging innovation. Today, we’re releasing a tool that will enable Facebook users to transfer their Facebook photos and videos directly to other services, starting with Google Photos.
Right now, Google photos is the only available option for data transfer. In future, people will also be able to transfer photos to other companies that join the Data Transfer Program.