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Transfer photos from Facebook: on Google Photos directly from the app

The new tool will be available worldwide in the first half of 2020

Transferring photos from Facebook will be possible thanks to a new tool that will allow you to upload images and videos directly to Google Photos.The tool will be released initially in Ireland and will be available worldwide in the first half of 2020.

was created as part of the project of data transferopen-source, a technological partnership between the main social networks and digital companies, designed to make information hosted on a social media service available on other services.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are all part of the "Data Transfer Project" and other companies are expected to join in the future.

"We believe that if you share data with a service, you should be able to move it to another"Said Steve Satterfield, director of Facebook privacy.

"This is the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while encouraging innovation".

Facebook claims it wants to create practical solutions for portability of the data that people can trust, using them effectively.

it is already possible for people to download all the data that Facebook holds as a single archive file.

Transfer photos from Facebook

The company says that while the new tool based on open source software, the data will be encrypted during the transfer from Facebook to Google Photos and to any other platform added in the future.

"We know we can't do it alone, so we encourage other companies to join the data transfer project to expand options for people and continue to push forward with data portability innovation"Said Satterfield.

Transferring photos from Facebook will surely be useful for Google Photos users they do not automatically back up photos from their smartphones. In fact if you are a Facebook user, and Google Photos backs up your photos, it is likely that most of the photos published on the social network has already been backed up on the Google service.

People will be able to access the new tool in Facebook settings.

"We are currently testing this tool, so we will continue to refine it based on feedback from the people who use it and our conversations with interested parties", Concluded Satterfield.