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How to save and download your photos and videos from Google+ before it shuts down

How to save and download your photos and videos from Google+ before it shuts down

First, you need to log in to your Google+ account, and then go to the ‘Download your data’ page from where the Google+ data will be pre-selected. Click on the Next button, and then choose a file type. Then you have to choose how you want your data delivered to you. Then you need to click on Click ‘Create Archive’.


For example, these services will not be affected:

  • Google Photos
  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • Google Maps
  • Google Drive
  • Your Gmail email address

About Google Account

Your Google account won’t be deleted in any way and other Google services won’t be affected either.

Steps to download specific Google+ data

  • Go to the Download your data page. You might have to sign in.
  • Next Step types of content you want to download, like Google+ Stream, click the Down arrow.
  • Click ’Select Specific Data’.
  • Specific data you want to download.
  • Click ’OK’.
  • Click ’Next’.
  • Choose a file type.
  • Choose how you want your data delivered.
  • Click ’Create Archive’.

Choose Your Data

Now, scroll down to find Google+. You will see there is no single option for Google+ user data. Instead, there are several different pieces of information available for download: Google+ +1s on websites (your +1 recommendations); Google+ Circles (your contacts); Google+ Communities (your community data); Google+ Stream (all your posts); and Profile (your profile data).

This data is delivered in various formats. Your +1s will only be available in HTML, while your Profile data can only be attained in JSON. Meanwhile, you can choose between vCard, JSON, CSV, and HTML for Circles data. You have also the option to choose specific Communities or Stream data to download, and select between JSON and HTML.

Click download, scroll to the bottom, and click Next.

Download Your Data

Click on Create Archive at the bottom of the page, the information you selected for download will be gathered up and sent according to your specifications. Depending on how much data you requested, your files could arrive within a few minutes or take a few days, according to Google. I barely used Google+ over the years, so my data hit my inbox in less than a minute.

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Once you’ve chosen the formatted files you want to download, you still have some decisions to make. You can download your files in either the zip or tgz compression format. According to your requirement, you can choose the maximum size of your files. If the archive turns out to be larger, the data will be split up into several files (and no, you don’t get to decide which files are put into which archive). The maximum for any archival file is 50GB, but if you choose a size larger than 2GB, you’ll get a warning: “Zip files larger than 2GB will be compressed in zip64. Older operating systems not supported to open this file format. Many external applications that can be used to uncompress zip64 files.”

At last, select where you want you to save your data. You can download the files to your computer — in which you want, Google will email you a link when the data is ready — or you can have the info uploaded to one of several cloud storage services, including Google Drive and other more cloud systems.

That’s it. Hit the “Create Archive” button at the bottom of the page, and you’ll get a screen notification that your archive is being prepared.