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How to Back up Your Facebook Photos

Submitted by on Thursday, 25 August 2011No Comment

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Google’s attempt to take down social networking king Facebook with the launch of Google+ (it’s very own social network) may have not done the damage it originally anticipated, but one day Facebook will fall off it’s throne. That’s not to say that we don’t like Facebook. The site is fantastic. But one day it will be no more—after all, as the expressions goes, all good things come to an end. But when Facebook finally does turn over its crown to something better, you don’t want to risk losing what made Facebook so special and personable in the first place—all of your photos. Thus, you should start diligently working to ensure that you back-up all of your photos so that you can have them stored in a safe place. What you do with your photos is up to you—you can store them on disks, hard drives, hosting sites, or transition them to another social networking site. But the important thing is that you save them. To learn how to do this, continue reading below.

First know that there are two different options for back-up photos: the long way and the short way. While the short-way is perfect for those that are inpatient and on time constraints, note that there are some security issues with this option. Nothing too major, but still could cause an issue (we’ll dive more into this later). That said, use the option that you think is better suited for you.

Option One: Long Route

We say this is the long route but by no means does this suggest that you have to click right and save every photo individually—that is extremely tedious and would take several days depending on how much of a photo buff you are. But if you have a slow internet connection and a substantial amount of photo albums this route may take an entire day to complete. To extract your albums all you need to do is log-on to Facebook and then follow these steps: Go to Account>Account Settings>Download your Information. The downloading process will run in the background so make sure not to turn off your computer. Once the download is complete, you will get a notification. You will then be able to locate you albums in a zipped file in the “photos” folder. Unzip the file to view the pictures. It’s important that you realize this method only uploads Facebook albums, not tagged photos. If you want to download tagged photos then you must go back and do those individually. But since most people don’t like the tagged photos of themselves anyway, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.


Option Two: Short Route

This second option is much quicker (takes about an hour) and will download ALL of your photos, including tagged ones. However it does pose a potential threat: since you’ll be using an app to help you extract and back-up your images you are giving the device access to information like your IP address and the installation of cookies. Typically IP addresses and cookies are used for marketing purposes and not for malicious activity, but you should delete the app once it has completed its job so that you don’t jeopardize your safety or security. That said, can be of great assistance. All you need to do is go to the site which can be found here and log-in to Facebook.  Click “Find My Photos,” then scroll to Download. Then click “Download all photos.” This app will save your photos in a zipped folder or a pdf (whichever one you prefer). Unzip the folder to access your images.

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