Facebook announced late last year that it was launching its photo transfer tool, but it was only used worldwide this week, according to slash Gear, amedia outlet. The tool was originally launched in Ireland as a way for Facebook users to move all the photos and videos they add to their profile to Google Photos without having to download the archive first.
To use it, users need to log in to Facebook and go to the “Your Facebook Messages” section of the Settings menu. Users then need to find the “Transfer photo or video copy” option, and then re-enter their Facebook password, which will start the transfer. There is currently only one potential option, Google Photos, for which users will also need to enter their account information, and the transfer will continue. Facebook says it will offer more export options in the future.
Users can choose to transfer their Facebook photos or videos, but not at the same time. Clicking “Continue” takes the user to a Google login page where the user selects the Google account for the Facebook media content they want to export. If a user has more than one account — for example, a personal Gmail and a work account — be sure to choose the right one.
Google will ask users to confirm whether facebook is allowed access to their Google Photo Gallery. Users need to click “Allow” to do this.
The user is then taken back to Facebook with a “Confirm Transfer” button. By clicking this button, the user will see the transfer request in the Activity panel — or if the user does not want to transfer, they can choose to stop. If the user also wants to transfer another media type — video, if the user starts selecting a photo, or vice versa — you need to click Back and then re-enter the photo transfer tool from the list.