If you’ve been dreaming about moving your Facebook photos and videos to another service, you may want to wait a bit longer. Facebook is about to make this process a lot easier than today’s technique: downloading all your data, sorting through your media, and sitting there while your computer takes forever to upload it to another cloud storage service.
The company recently announced an upcoming feature that will let users transfer all of their Facebook photos and videos to other photo services, starting with Google Photos. The tool is still in the testing phase, and will first be available in Ireland before expanding to the rest of the world throughout 2020.
While an explanation of how the transfer works—and how long it may take—will have to wait until the tool is officially available, it sounds like the whole thing will happen within Facebook’s interface. You should be able to easily and “immediately” move your photos and videos to other services, likely after you’ve linked them with your Facebook account.
Facebook didn’t offer any scintillating security details for the transfer process in its announcement post. Additional data privacy information about Facebook’s push for data portability is included in a white paper the company published back in September. The paper details information Facebook says it learned from its “conversations with policymakers, regulators, academics, advocates and others” that will inform its future data portability tools and policies.
As for the photo transfer feature itself, we’ll keep our eyes out for more information and will be sure to post about the tool once it’s available next year. In the meantime, it’s probably best to hold off on any big data migrations until Facebook unleashes its tool for everyone to try.