Organizing Personal Photos


Updated Sep 19th, 2022

The cloud providers are really amazing and they serve a need but I would prefer to export and organize my own photos

I am slowly turning into an old person.

Again I think it’s great that my wife has everything backed up on an iPhone she can go back years and it’s just saved on her Apple cloud

But I’m a control freak and I like having my own files on a hard drive organized the way I want to have it organized and I don’t like there to be duplicates.

April 2021 I wanted to back up all of my images from the last couple years give them off of my phone get them onto my hard drive get them backed up on a duplicate hard drive and even in the cloud. But I wanted to get them off Google photos.

I did everything manually by hooking my phone up to the computer but This didn’t feel foolproof. I also requested a full download from Google which a link will be emailed.

I will download this as a backup to ensure I didn’t miss anything and I have everything for deleting all photos in Google photos.

Then going forward I don’t think it’s a bad idea to say collect two to three months worth of photos in your phone and then go through this process but two years is way too long.

I would like to get into a routine where I’m not doing it you know once a month necessarily but I’m doing it frequently enough where I’m familiar with the process of downloading it to my hard drive organizing it backing it up deleting it from Google cloud and starting fresh.

Requesting Backup from Google Photos

Settings > Export your data > Backup

This triggers google takeout but only for photos. I select email link and updated the max file size to 50GB.

Be prepared for the downloads to get a while, like a few hours depending on how much data you are moving obviously.

After requesting I try not to take any photos until I can download form the link and then download manually from the phone. After I download manually from he phone I will clear the device.