(Pocket-lint) - Facebook launched a "photo transfer tool" last year designed to let you easily transfer images and videos from your profile on the social network to Google Photos and other storage services. Facebook first trialed the tool in specific regions like Ireland; now, it's rolling out globally.

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What is Facebook's photo transfer tool?

At launch, Facebook's photo transfer tool allows you to transfer your personal media stored on Facebook to Google Photos. Previously, it was far more laborious to do this, as you had to by hand. In a blog post, Steve Satterfield, Facebook's director of privacy and public policy, said the tool is rooted in the principle that "if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another".

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How to use Facebook's photo transfer tool

While logged into your Facebook account on the web, click on the down arrow in the menu bar and select “Settings and Privacy.” Then, select Settings and go to the tab that says “Your Facebook Information.” From there, click "View" next to  “Transfer a copy of your Photos or Videos.”

You will be asked to sign in to your account and choose a destination for your photos and videos. Right now, the only option is Google Photos. You can also select photos or videos to transfer over. Make your pick, click next, and sign in to your Google Photos account. You will have to give Facebook permission to add to your Google Photos library. Finally, confirm your transfer. That's it.

You can also stop your transfer and view activity from the photo transfer tool. 

  1. Log into your Facebook account on the web.
  2. Click on the down arrow in the menu bar.
  3. Select “Settings and Privacy.”
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Go to the tab that says “Your Facebook Information.”
  6. Click "View" next to  “Transfer a copy of your Photos or Videos.”
  7. sign in to your account and choose a destination for your media.
  8. Select photos or videos to transfer over.
  9. Click next and sign in to your Google Photos account.
  10. Give Facebook permission to add to your Google Photos library.
  11. Confirm your transfer.
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Can you use it with other storage services?

Google Photos is simply the first storage service that Facebook is linking to - there are plans to expand it to account for others who are part of the "Data Transfer Program". This initiative was established in 2018 between Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter.

Want to know more?

Check out Facebook's blog post on the tool.

Writing by Maggie Tillman.