If you still haven’t downloaded your old images from Flickr, now you have until March 12 to make it happen.
In April of last year, Yahoo sold Flickr to SmugMug. After the acquisition, SmugMug announced it would no longer be offering free unlimited storage for users, and would instead be limited unpaid users to just 1,000 images of storage per person.
Flickr isn’t going away, but a lot of your photos will be if you don’t follow its new limitations: 1,000 photos, period. These photos can be any size you want, but you only get a thousand of them. The era of the free terabyte of Flickr storage is coming to an end.
If you weren’t already at 1,000, Flickr made it so you couldn’t upload more than that 1k cap in January unless you spring for a Pro account. For free accounts that already have over 1,000 photos stored, it planned on deleting those excess photos starting February 5th, starting with the oldest ones.
A day after the deadline, the company decided to give users another month to make those downloads happen. The extension is due in part of complications many people had in downloading their pics Monday night, hours before they were set to disappear, USA Today reports. As it turns out, more people procrastinated on downloading those pics than they originally anticipated, causing server issues.
If you have a lot of pictures stored on the service, now’s the time to get your act together. No, seriously. Right now. Stop reading this and download your photos already.
To download your pictures, log in to your account and then go to “User Account” followed by “Settings.”
At the bottom of the next page, you’ll see a “Request my Flickr data” button. Click that and wait.
Flickr will compile all your images into a Zip file, or more than likely several Zip files depending on how many images you have. Once it’s created those compressed files, it will email you and let you know they’re ready to download.
And when you do download those pics, make sure you’re backing them up somewhere other than just your home computer so you don’t have to worry about losing them again.