Google photos - how to do a download dump?

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Having installed and used the Google photos app on my iphone to download all optimised photos from icloud onto the phone then upto google photos, and then deleted those photos from icloud to recover space, how can I now download the entire google photos and videos uploaded to google photos, back onto my computer in one big data dump?  

I cannot seem to find this option anywhere and having also installed google photos uploaded on my computer, it only offers to backup photos and not download them.

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I see there is a feature which can be ticked/checked in google drive settings, which says "Automatically put google photos into a folder in MyDrive".  Only problem with that is that it creates sub folders with the year names.  Is this the only way to download them?  its hardly a sync'ing way of doing it unless you install google drive app on the PC
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IT Manager
Top Expert 2010
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Google Drive is not the only option.

You can use Google Takeout.

https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3024190?hl=en-GB

...and you can choose how your archive is delivered and there are four ways to obtain your photos.

  1. Send download link via email
  2. Add to Drive
  3. Add to Dropbox
  4. Add to Microsoft OneDrive
Adrian CozmaArt Director

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I believe that you can select everything and share it to am email address. Then open it up on your PC, select everything and download. That should put all the images and videos into one folder.

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Thanks, I will take a look at that.

On a separate note, does anyone know whether if you were to upload other photos (not taken on your iphone) into your Google photos account, whether Google photos simply puts them also into chronological order to sit alongside the iphone photos uploaded, in the relevant date period?  Does it look at the meta data to do this?

The reason I ask this question is because in the iphone photos moments selections, I see photos there from an earlier date that are not shown in the albums and I was wondering why.
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Adrian CozmaArt Director

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When you upload photos, they are sorted out by the date they were uploaded. The metadata is read in order to make suggestions and to reorder your search requests.

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Can you pls qualify that last response as Im not sure that is correct.  If that was the case, then the photos which I have previously uploaded a few months ago (but the photo itself taken a few years ago) is appearing in my iphone moments, in the correct date in which it was originally taken, along side iphone photos taken on the same date.
Adrian CozmaArt Director

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Just double checked and, indeed, I need to eat my words :)
The first thing it does is upload the images as most recent, it then looks at the metadata and reorders them accordingly. I`ve done a test with some GoPro footage from two years ago and it reorders it accordingly.

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Jackie Man,
Is this the only way you know that it can be done?  Problem is if I dont have enough space on my google drive I will need to increase to the next storage level.  Is there not a way to download it like in a streaming format?  Also what are the max size of each download, 1gb zipped?
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010
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The maximum size is 50GB zip file in zip64 format and you can select "Send download link via email."

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In short, there is no need to increase to the next storage level and the downloaded photos are in the original format, not streaming format. But, it will take a long period of time to prepare the archive. (I am testing how long it will take.)

Update: Google server is fast. It takes 14 mins to prepare 18% (5.21GB) of my data.

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Excellent suggestions, thank you for your help.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

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Thanks you for accepting my comment as solution and hope it will work out for you.

Update: The preparation of the archive might be interrupted if your Internet connection is not stable and the process has to start again. I have restart the archive preparation and it is about 47% complete only. Hopefully, my test can be finished within an hour and I can backup my photos download to an external hard disk.

Anyway, it is all free service and need to wait. :)

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Does google change the file name or consecutive number of the file image when it was originally on the iphone and backed up to google drive?  Also is there an easy way to find out how many photos and videos are stored in google photos?
Jackie Man IT Manager
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Does google change the file name or consecutive number of the file image when it was originally on the iphone and backed up to google drive?

Will update you when I have downloaded the archive. My archive are huge with a size over 35GB and the preparation are still at 58% only. So, one thing for sure is that Google allows you to backup photos and videos more than your free quota of 15GB. I have 17GB (extra 2GB) free storage after completing a security checkup in February 2016.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/9/10940046/google-drive-free-2gb-space-security-checkup

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Also is there an easy way to find out how many photos and videos are stored in google photos?

I do not have a clue and it is likely that such figures are for internal use of Google for business analytics only,
Jackie Man IT Manager
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Please post another question if you have further question. Thanks!

Update:
The preparation of the archive might be interrupted if your Internet connection is not stable and the process has to start again.

Not true as the preparation is still in progress at Google Server no matter there is visual change in the preparation page.

Send download link via email
The preparation of my archive took about 40 minutes and I have made two archives on restart of the preparation.

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Thx for the update.
Jackie Man IT Manager
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I am downloading the archive zip file now and it will take more than three hours to download.

Afterwards, I extracted the zip file using 7zip and the archive are made up of folders either with the label of date in the format of YYYY-MM-DD or the name of the photo album and the photos inside are of the original format with the metadata from the digital camera or the smartphone,

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