You probably know that websites, including Google, track and store your data. This data includes your documents, websites you have visited, places you have been, and much more. You can ask Google to download this information for free. Why? Why not? After all, this is your data and you can do it using Google Takeout from Google Data Liberation Front.
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You can use Google Takeout to filter your data and even download it in zip format. It allows you to import and export your data from the long list of Google services. That is, you can download your images, videos, spreadsheets, and other forms of data stored with Google. Head over to the Google Takeout website and follow the instructions below to get started with the process.
Google Takeout: what is it and how does it work?
Google Takeout was launched in 2011 as a project of Google’s Data Liberation Front. The project was Google’s answer to the most requested questions: “How to download a copy of everything Google knows about you.” Since users realized how data works on the Internet, several Internet users began to search for this information on Google. The American multi-domain company finally came up with the solution to allow users to download their data.
Now, Google users can simply visit Google Takeout to download their data. It even allows you to customize how you want to extract the data. For example, you can download all the documents that you have created in Google Docs and leave all the other data. Similarly, you can download your notes, contacts, Chrome bookmarks, Google Maps, and everything Google knows about you. Here is a quick tutorial to download your data using Google Takeout.
Google Takeout: How to download your data from Google
With Google Takeout, there is a learning curve that you must overcome. Although it sounds simple in words, the actual execution is a bit complicated. For example, there are 50 separate services whose data you can access or download. Since all the data will not be necessary, you must filter the information that you really want. Once you learn the basics of Google Takeout, you can customize how you want to download your data. From changing dates to filtering certain apps, Google Takeout lets you customize the data before downloading it.
Here’s a quick look at how to select, filter, and download your Google data using Google Takeout.
Step 1: Access the data with Google Takeout
The first step is to access your data on Google Takeout. Here are some quick steps you need to take to access your data on Google.
- Open Google Chrome or any other web browser currently installed on your computer
- Log into your Google account and visit Google Takeout
- You can also click here to visit Google Takeout directly
- Once you are on the website, click Select data
- Choose the data you want to download (by default, all data is selected)
- Once you have selected the data, click on the ‘Next Step’ button (available at the bottom)
- On the next screen, select the file type, the data, the frequency and finally select the destination of the data
Step 2: delivery method
Now that you have the basics about Google Takeout clear, let’s take a look at some delivery methods to download your data from Google.
- There are several ways to download your data with Google Takeout
- You can choose to receive a download link in your email ID or opt for a cloud storage service
- To use this feature, click on the ‘Delivery method’ option to reveal the drop-down menu
- Available options include a direct download link delivered to your email, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box
- Depending on the service you want to opt for, click on the Frequency option and select ‘Create export’
Step 3: data frequency
Data Frequency allows you to automate the download of your data from Google. The function will allow you to choose the frequency to download the data. Here’s a quick look at how the data rate works.
- On the delivery method screen, click the frequency option
- Now, you can opt for a one-time download or other two-month downloads during the one-year period.
- This method will create six separate exports every two months for more than a year.
- The data frequency method will help you save space on your computer by dividing the data in one year
Step 4: maximum file size
You can set the maximum file size to make the download process more efficient. The process allows you to download your data in partitions. Here’s a quick look at how it works.
- On the Delivery method page, select the zip file or a tgz file extension (using these extensions your data will be downloaded in a compressed file format)
- Now using the drop down menu choose the maximum file size
- You can choose from 1GB, 2GB, 4G, 10GB, and 50GB (by default, 2GB is selected)
- Once you have selected the file size, click on ‘Create Export’
Step 5: download your data
As a final step, you must download your data to your computer. As mentioned above, there are several methods to download data. Here’s a quick look at the process for downloading your data using Google Takeout.
- Click on the ‘Create Export’ button
- Depending on the size of your file, the export may take a few minutes, hours, or days.
- Once the data is ready, you will receive a download link to your email address (if you select the email option)
- If you have selected any other option, Google will share a confirmation link to the same email address stating: “You are done!”
- Click on the download link and enter your Google login credentials to authenticate the process
- Follow the onscreen instructions from there and download your data to your computer
Google Takeout: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is there a limit to Google Takeout?
Yes, there is a limitation on how and when you download your data. Per the terms and conditions, Google Takeout has been limited to 2-3 files per day. Which means that you cannot download your data from Google more than three times a day.
What data can I download from Google Takeout?
Google Takeout allows you to download your data from various Google services. By using Google Takeout, you can download data from services like Google Play, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, and more than 45 Google services that you use on a daily basis.