Facebook launches a new tool that makes photo transfer to Google Photos quite easy

The tool is currently available for Ireland users only.

Social media giant Facebook has launched a new tool that makes the transfer of photos a breezy task. Known as the Data Transfer Project, it is backed by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and others. According to Facebook, this project would first begin with Google Photos initially while other services that could be included in the future.

This Data Transfer Project also includes participants such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and others. Facebook says it’s starting with Google Photos initially, but other services could be included in the future.

Facebook is testing the said tool in Ireland first, which will be refined for other countries based on feedback from users. It will first be released in Ireland and will be available worldwide in the first half of 2020.

Facebook launches a new tool that makes photo transfer to Google Photos quite easy
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“For almost a decade, we’ve enabled people to download their information from Facebook. The tool is being released initially in Ireland and will be available worldwide in the first half of 2020. The photo transfer tool we’re starting to roll out today is based on code developed through our participation in the open-source Data Transfer Project,” explains Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policy at Facebook.

The American social media giant says the tool is based on a code developed via its participation in the Data Transfer Project which is a collaborative effort that started last year Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have committed to building “a common framework with open-source code that can connect any two online service providers, enabling a seamless, direct, user initiated portability of data between the two platforms”.

The tool will prove helpful for users who use Google Photos but don’t prefer automatic backups. So, if you use Facebook and Google Photos and do frequent backups, then the photos posted to the social network will be backed up on Google’s service.


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