Everyone who uses Google services knows that Google has copies of your data, your search history, Gmail, YouTube history, then far more. But did you recognize you’ll also download a replica of this data for yourself? Yep, and it’s very easy.
The service, called Google Takeout, has actually been around for a couple of years now, but it’s surprising what percentage of people still don’t realize it. It’s a full-featured way of downloading all of your Google data across all Google services. Here’s a full list of everything included in Takeout:
- +1s on Google+
- Android Pay
- Chrome data (Autofill, bookmarks, etc.)
- Drive (All files)
- Fit data
- Play Books
- Google+ Circles
- Google+ Pages
- Google+ Stream (all posts)
- Hangouts on Air
- Location History
- Maps (your places)
- My Maps
- YouTube (history, playlists, subs, videos)
The cool thing here is that you simply can pick and choose what you would like , including sub-options within many of the categories. for instance , you’ll choose specific calendars or Chrome settings to download. It gets pretty granular.
If you’re into it, let’s dig in. You can go to Google Takeout directly. If you’d like better to take the scenic route, you’ll also get there by getting to your Google Account, choosing “Manage your Google activity,” scrolling right down to the “Control your content” section, and selecting “Create archive.”
Now that we’re all on the same page (literally), here’s what to expect from Takeout.
The very top option is where you’ll manage your archives, but if this is often your first time using Takeout, there won’t be anything there. Just keep it in mind for future reference a set of your archive downloads will show here. For this piece, however, we’re more curious about what’s down below.
By default, all of the choices are toggled to the “on” position, but there’s a button at the very top to “Select none.” If you simply plan on downloading a few of things, this is often the simplest way of doing that. If you would like the entire shebang, leave it as is.
You’ll also notice that many of the options have a little dropdown arrow next to the on/off toggle. This is where you’ll select various options or get more information (if it’s available) about each selection.
For example, the +1 option simply tells you that the info is provided in HTML format and zip more. But the Blogger options allows you to choose specific blogs to download, assuming you’ve got quite one.
So I definitely recommend rummaging through each of those options especially those you recognize you’re getting to want to grab in your download and choose everything that’s important to you. i actually like how granular you’ll get with these settings.
The only other thing I’d note here is that there are a couple of various file types that your data will download as. Hangouts data comes in JSON format, Keep comes as HTML, Calendar in iCal, and so on. the first exception here is Drive data, which features a few options for various sorts of documents:
Again, pick and choose what works best for you. Once you’ve skilled all the choices and set everything up, click the “Next” box at rock bottom .
This is where you’ll choose your file type, archive size, and the way you would like to urge the download. The default is about to download the archive as a zipper file with a 2GB maximum size. If you persist with zip, but need a larger size, it’ll automatically be converted to zip64, which can not be supported by older operating systems. If you select to go away it at 2GB, the archive are going to be weakened into as many 2GB files as necessary.
If you’re looking to tug all of your data and know it’s getting to be an enormous file, you’ll want to travel with the tgz or tbz options, both of which default to 50GB archives. And just about any good archiving program (like 7-Zip) are going to be ready to extract these files.
Once that’s decided, you’ll got to define your delivery method: get a download link by email or add the file to a selected cloud data-storage medium . Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive are all supported.
Then, just click the “Create Archive” button.
A progress bar will show you ways far along everything is, both in percentage and data total. Naturally, the time it takes to create your archive will depend upon what proportion data you’re actually collecting the more files, the longer. If you’re downloading everything, it could literally take days to compile.
Once it’s finished, you’ll get an email letting you recognize it. If you choose to urge the download by email, a link is going to be here. Otherwise, you’ll also get to the download by heading back over to your Takeout page and selecting the “Manage Archives” button at the highest.
Finally, just click the download button beside the option you want to pull down. Done and done.
NOTE: Archives are only available to download for a week, after which they’ll be removed and you’ll have to re-compile them.
After the file is finished downloading, plow ahead and extract it. the basis folder will have a couple of options one folder for every service you included in your archive along with a page called “index.html.” this is often essentially the table of contents for your archive.
Using this page, you’ll check out each file or set of files individually. Just click on the choice you’d wish to see more info about, and a quick description will show up at rock bottom of the page, along side a link to open the file. It’s also noted that these links will only work if you’ve actually extracted the files.
Lastly, it’ll be noted on both the download page and therefore the index page if there are any errors. If that happens, you’ll always try downloading the precise service’s data again individually by following the download steps about and only selecting that one particular service.