Google to shut down Album Archive on July 19: Here’s how to back up your data

Nishita Gupta
Nishita Gupta July 10, 2023
Updated 2023/07/31 at 5:46 AM

Technology giant Google has announced that it is shutting down its Album Archive feature. It will no longer be available to Google users starting July 19, 2023. For those unaware, the Album Archive feature allows users to view and manage content from different Google products.

Google is sending an email to its users with the subject line – An update to Album Archive. In the email, the tech giant is informing users that starting on July 19, 2023, Google Album Archive will no longer be available. Users are recommended to use Google Takeout to download a copy of the data.

Here’s what the email states:

You’re receiving this email because you’ve viewed Album Archive recently or you may have some content that is visible in Album Archive. Starting on July 19, 2023, Album Archive will no longer be available. We recommend that you use Google Takeout to download a copy of your Album Archive data before then.

Today, Album Archive lets you view and manage album content from some Google products within Album Archive.

However, some content that’s only available in Album Archive will be deleted starting July 19 including

1. Rare cases like small thumbnail photos and album comments or likes

2. Some Google Hangouts data from Album Archive

3. Background images uploaded in the Gmail theme picker prior to 2018

If you would like to access this data, please make a copy of this data using Google Takeout. After Album Archive is no longer available, you can still use those Google products to view and manage some content directly – learn more.

Thank you,

Your Album Archive team

How to back up your data?

With the Album Archive feature going away, users are advised to download a copy of their data via Google Takeout. Google will either send them a download link through email or transfer data to one of the best cloud storage services like Google Drive, IDrive, OneDrive, or Dropbox.

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