Google+: Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

Google+: Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

Summary: While we sit and ponder about whether or not to switch from Facebook to Google+, transferring photos isn't actually that difficult.

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Making a full transition from Facebook to Google+ is not easy. There are Chrome extensions developed for publishing news feed items on both sites (along with Twitter) simultaneously, but there are a few other major features that are cumbersome to move. The largest obstacle is likely to be photos.

However, I found that it can be done without much effort.

Now, determining the easiest way is rather subjective. There are several other tips floating around, including this one from ZDNet Australia (via CNET), which involves downloading all of one's content from his/her respective profile.

I tried that approach, and it failed repeatedly. Either I received an email from Facebook saying it wasn't possible due to some technical error or I received an email that my info was ready to download, but when I clicked on the link, it didn't work.

And when you think about it, if you have to download all of your photos to your computer again, why not just upload whatever you have saved on your hard drive, cloud space or whatever? Of course, that would take forever as well.

Then I found a tip on Lifehacker about a free Chrome add-on called "Move Your Photos." I figured I'd give it a shot. (Don't forget you'll need the Google Chrome browser to make use of this extension.)

Once I clicked on the Move Your Photos icon next to the URL address bar in Chrome, I was prompted to enter my Facebook log-in info. From there, it took me to a very basic looking page with every Facebook album I've ever published (and not deleted) divided up with thumbnails.

With this method, this next part is actually the step that involves the most work. If you want to transfer absolutely everything to Google+, you can just head to the bottom of the page and hit Upload. That's simple enough.

But if you want to pick and choose albums, and even photos within those albums, you'll need to scroll down the page and click on photos and albums you don't want uploaded. The default option is to just transfer everything.

If you have thousands of photos (I had over 8,000), this could take about 10 minutes, depending how selective you are.

Now here comes the most time-consuming part, but it's really not that painful. There is a flaw with Move Your Photos. Picasa offers 1GB of free storage space, which equates to a lot of photos - especially ones from Facebook in which the resolution has been stepped down.  But the extension repeatedly stopped and informed me with an error message that my limit had filled, which was definitely not true.

Fortunately, there is a simple way around this. All I had to do was click OK on the error message and then hit Upload again at the bottom of the page. I had to do this several times, sometimes every 20 minutes or so. So if you have many photos like me, you might want to do this when you have to sit close to the computer for a long period of time. This could also take up to several hours, but there is a "Pause and Save" option. (I said this would be easier, not quicker.)

But do NOT log out of the add-on's site. If you do, you'll have to go through the whole selecting and clicking-on-photos process again. But if you refresh the page and stay logged in, you should be fine.

Note, however, that using this method with the Move Your Photos add-on does not transfer any face tagging, comments or descriptions attached to photos and albums. You'll have to go back and do that yourself if you're really set on it.

Nevertheless, this was the most painless way I've found to successfully transfer photos from Facebook to Google+. All the photos went into the right albums, which was all I really wanted.

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  • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

    Shame on Facebook for hoarding user's data. You need to learn something from G+. They are driving for keeping the data open, making the right privacy decisions and giving control to the users. I cannot believe we had to deal with such horrible social networking... I cannot believe G+ did not exist earlier! Bye Facebook forever
    browser.
  • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

    Not sure I agree that Google is that fair. I've had a perfectly honest and legitimate invite to Google+ over a month ago... I am still awaiting to be let in. However, I am reading dozens of users with the same invite were allowed in. And there are just too many grannies, pap-paps, aunties, uncles and so on that took years to break down and get a computer and use facebook. They are not interested in any alternative. I think for that reason alone Google+ will never out-do facebook....
    SpankyFrost
    • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

      @SpankyFrost I recall people saying Facebook would never out-do MySpace.
      cj100570@...
    • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

      @SpankyFrost I agree, I know a lot of friends that have G+ accounts now, but none of them are using it. It's kind of one of those things that's like "Awesome, I'm in! Now what...." I want G+ to succeed, but I think it's going to have a real hard time getting people to switch over to something new.
      brent@...
    • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

      @SpankyFrost I finally got in with my G+ invite but many of my friends couldn't. I did find a workaround. Have a friend who is on G+ post something on their stream just to you at your email address. It will send you an email of the post with a link to reply or comment. When you reply or comment, you're automatically in. This has worked for me many times. If you're interested, email me at my username at gmail dot com and I will do it for you.
      cherylrw
      • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

        @cherylrw Thanks for the offer cherylrw but I suppose I'll wait to see what happens in the next coming months whether Google+ will take off, or die off. As Brent states above, I think the Google+ hype is over; unless they do something outrageous to get the populace attention. But I personally think that it will linger around WITH facebook... kinda like the late 90's, early 2000's when the alternatives to easy communication was either ICQ or AOL chat... those 2 were the most popular and both had awesome features... but they died off when the garbage facebook came along... very sad.
        SpankyFrost
      • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

        @cherylrw do it for me tkx
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    I still decided to just re-up everything to Picasa Web and link to my G+ from there (mainly because I consider FB photos to be worthless for anything but FB viewing due to resizing and re-compression), but this will be a very helpful guide to link to friends who are still wary of trying to learn the ropes at the new place. Thanks for the info!
    SenorAlejandro
  • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

    Thanks for the tip on moving photos
    loggie48mxg
  • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

    what about privacy settings? I'm pretty sure I have different privacy settings on my facebook albums. Will these privacy settings transfer to Google+?
    jorgerios_21@...
  • RE: Google : Learn the easiest way to move photos from Facebook

    Thanks for sharing this useful info...:)
    greenmous