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Google Photos is a great place to back up and store your precious photos and videos. You don’t have to keep everything in online forever, though. We’ll show you how to download your Google Photos albums.

It’s only possible to download Google Photos albums from the desktop or mobile site. Unfortunately, it can’t be done from the iPhone or Android application. Regardless, it’s very simple to do, and the process is the same on desktop and mobile.

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First, go to in a web browser such as Google Chrome. Select the album you’d like to download.

Select an album to download.

Next, select the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.

Select “Download All” from the menu.

Select "Download All."


A new tab will open briefly, then you will begin to download a ZIP file of all the photos and videos. From there, you can unzip the file to see its contents.

Unzip the folder.

It’s as easy as that! This is a great thing to do as an extra measure of security. Just in case something happens to your library in Google Photos, you’ll have offline backups for safekeeping.

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