Facebook has today expanded the availability of its data transfer tool for users in the US and Canada, after launching it last year in a limited capacity as part of its open-source Data Transfer Project. It allows users to quickly move media such as videos and pictures to Google Photos.
Facebook’s Director of Privacy and Public Policy Steve Satterfield said over the past couple of years. The company heard calls from policymakers and regulators asking it to facilitate choice, make it easier for people to choose new providers and move their data to new services. The photo transfer tool is part of the Facebook Data Transfer Project, and will soon add support for more services apart from Google Photos.
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The more extensive Data Transfer Project consists of three main parts – a set of shared data to represent each content type, a system to handle authentication and a task manager to ensure everything put together accurately. To begin transferring your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos, you will first need to go to “Your Facebook Information” in Facebook Settings.
Next, select the “Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos’ option and verify your identity by entering your Facebook password. In the next screen, you will have to choose Google Photos as the destination from the drop down. After you enter your Google Photos password, the transfer will begin, and you will receive a notification once the process is complete.
Facebook has said that Google Photos, which has recently updated its logo, is only the first service the platform is partnering with for photo transfers but hinted the users could transfer Facebook data to other online services in future.
Members of the project are also looking at letting users transfer data such as emails, playlists and events in the future, the company said.
Although the feature is new to the US and Canada, Facebook had rolled it out to several countries, such as Europe and Latin America, starting last year.