Google’s shutting down Album Archive — here’s how to back up your photos
If you’ve regularly used Google Hangouts or any of Google’s other messaging apps, which are now sunsetting in favor of Google Chat, I’ve got bad news: Google is shutting down Album Archive, an image or video gallery that older Google services have been shared over the years. So it’s time to back up the content if you haven’t already.
Google sent an email to users this week warning them that “as of July 19, some content only available in the Album Archive will be deleted.” This includes some Google Hangouts data currently stored within the Album Archive, background images uploaded in Gmail’s theme picker before 2018, and small thumbnail photos, album comments and likes. Flag on the Album Archive support page The service is said to no longer be available after 19 July 2023.
Google is urging users to download a copy of their Album Archive data via Google Takeout. That way you can get a download link by transferring your email or data to one of the best cloud storage services like Google Drive, IDrive, OneDrive or Dropbox.
While the email makes it pretty clear that some of your data stored within the Album Archive will be gone for good after July 19, the support page suggests that you may still be able to access it even through other Google services after next month. Users can “view and manage” content after July 19 on other Google services such as Blogger, Hangouts (now Chat), Google Photos, and their default Google Account, the support page reads. If you go the email route, be aware that the Google Takeout download link is only valid for seven days.
Clearly some people are confused by that discrepancy between the email and the support page. Either way, after a Google recommendation and a copy of any images or videos currently stored in the Album Archive, you couldn’t go wrong. At least it could take a nice trip down memory lane. While you’re at it, why not check out the best photo storage and sharing sites to help you keep track of everything? And if you’re a smartphone videographer in the mood for one of the best camera phones, we also have a list of the best photo organizer apps so you can endlessly scroll through your camera roll.
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