With so much controversy around Facebook lots of people are thinking of leaving the social media platform, the reason we hear most often about why they aren’t jumping ship is “Years of Photos, I don’t have them organized/stored anywhere else”
Facebook has made it surprisingly easy to take your data with you, however, once you get it, you should make sure it’s secure.
If you choose to download all your Facebook Data you’ll have access to a folder called Photos. The Photos tab contains every photo you’ve ever uploaded to Facebook, as well as related metadata, like the IP address from which each photo was uploaded and all the comments and likes for each photo.
One thing to note, when you download your Facebook data/photos it won’t include photos you’re tagged in, it only includes photos you upload yourself. Also, if you recorded a video on Facebook but never actually posted it, Facebook still has it.
How to Download All Your Facebook Photos
This is also a tutorial on how to download all your Facebook Data
1. Head to your Facebook profile. Click on the drop-down menu on the right-hand side and select Settings.
2. Select Download a copy of your Facebook data
3. ‘Start My Archive’ You will have to enter your facebook password an in about 30min I got an email with a link to a compressed zip file.
5. To access the photos you’ll have to ‘Extract All’, this will uncompress the folder and allow you to access its content.
6. Now that the folder is unzipped you can click on Index, it will open a tab in your browser. From here you will be able to access all of your Facebook data. Since we are primarily concerned with Photos, click on this tab.
7. The Photo Tab is roughly divided into albums, (it took me a minute to figure this out since the albums are not in chronological order). If you want this section to be more organized it might be worthwhile to take the time to rename your photo albums with names that include more details.
8. Now you’ve got all the photos you’ve uploaded to Facebook as well as the rest of your Facebook Data. When you select an Album to open, simple click on the link below the cover photo, you can see that the comments of on the album are also present.
Once you are in the folder the data the data from the photo will be present. If I had uploaded this photo directly from my phone, the latitude and longditude would also be available.
If you are wondering if you should download the photos individually, the quality is the same if you download the photo individually from Facebook, as an album or individual photo.
Here are the details from the same photo, the details on the right were from the data dump we did above the right was an individual download. The photo size and quality will be the same as the settings you uploaded the photo to Facebook.
How to download Facebook Albums
1. On Facebook Select Photos and open the album you wish to download. Once it’s open select the gear symbol on the right.
2. Select Download
3. 10 minutes later a notification appeared that my album was ready for download. Click on it, your download will start immediately.
4. In your Downloads folder, a Facebook album will appear, you’ll find all of your photos, you will need to extract or unzip the folder to access its contents
I took the time to rename the folder since I would not be able to tell from the current name what was inside.
It’s not quite the same as browsing your photos on Facebook, the search features and navigation ability are lost. However, if you’re serious about leaving Facebook and aren’t pulling the plug because they’ve got all your photos you just lost that excuse.