Facebook data transfer tool that lets you transfers media to Google Photos is now available for all

This tool is part of the Data Transfer Project that Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter formally announced in 2018.

Facebook has announced that its data transfer tool, which sends images and videos to Google’s cloud service, is now available to everyone.

Alexandru Voica, tech communications manager at Facebook, posted on Twitter about the “100 percent roll out of photo and video transfer tool”.

Facebook Data Transfer project.

Facebook Data Transfer project.

Voica in March had said that Facebook was rolling out the tool in the UK and EU. “The tool is based on open-source code developed through our participation in the Data Transfer Project (DTP),” he said.

The company first introduced it in late 2019 in Ireland and later offered it in Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America in March. The tool was further expanded to the US in April.

This tool is found in “Your Facebook Information” section of the settings on the app. This feature, however, does not allow users to transfer all photos and videos at the same time to Google.

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter in 2018 formally announced the Data Transfer Project (DTP), which allows users to download and transfer their data between services easily.


The DTP relies on a series of Adapters that can unravel propriety APIs into easily understandable data packets. Adapters are available in two forms, import and export data adapters, and authentication adapters for verifying and protecting users.

It is meant to reduce scrutiny from antitrust regulators, who worry that internet giants are using locked-down data to discourage competition.

Now, with the introduction of the transfer tool, users will not have to keep their FB account open to preserve their photos and videos for lifetime.

The tool will eventually work with other services. However, for now, the social media giant has started with Google.

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