Google now allows Photos users to transfer single photo albums to the competing storage services Microsoft OneDrive and Flickr. Previously, users could only transfer their entire Photos library to the services.
Presentating the individual photo albums gives users according to Google more control over what they can do with their data. For example, users can choose to back up specific albums to another storage service. Another advantage is in situations where the user’s Photos library is larger than available storage capacity at the service to which the images are exported. In those cases, Google would decide for itself which photos will or will not be transferred. Now the user can decide for himself, by choosing which albums to transfer.
The transfer of the individual photo albums is part of Takeout, which allows users to export data from Google products such as Gmail, Drive and Photos. According to Google, users use Takeout to back up data, get an overview of what’s in an account, or to be able to move data without having to download it first. It also makes it easier for users to try out a new service and is not limited when transferring due to a possible data limit of their Internet connection.
Takeout is possible thanks to the Data Transfer Project, an initiative of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. With this initiative, the tech companies want to make it easier for users to move their data between different services. There are two million exports a month through Takeout, with over 200 billion stocks exported in 2019.
On Reddit iOS users incidentally, complain about how the Google Photos app handles permission to the photo library. During the iOS14 bètaversion, it was possible to use Google Photos with selective access to the photo library. However, since the release of the full release, that is not possible. Users will then be notified that the Photos app can only be used if Google has permission to see the users’ entire photo library. Why Google chose this is not clear.