Using Google Takeout to import Google Photos to Mylio

With Mylio version 3.15 and later there is a more complete method for importing your Google Photos. This method asks you to go to takeout.google.com to download a .zip file (or files) of your images. This article is a complete guide taking you step-by-step through this process.

Using Google Takeout to Download your photos

  1. Open a web browser and go to takeout.google.com.
  2. Google Takeout is a tool to download more than just photos so for the sake of this process we need to use the “Deselect all” option near the top and then scroll down to the Google Photos section.
  3. Check the box in the Google Photos section. You can also use this section to specify if you want any Albums excluded. Photos must be in an album to exclude them from the export. Any photos that are not in an album will still be exported.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and select “Next step”.
  5. Select “Send download link via email” as the delivery method.
  6. Select “.zip” and the size limit for your download under the “Filetype and size” section.┬áDepending on your internet service, smaller download sizes may be best but would result in more individual .zip files being created.
  7. Finally, select “Create export” to finalize your selection.
  8. When the files are ready, Google will email you a link to download them. Once downloaded, you can proceed into Mylio and start importing (see the next tab).

Import Google Takeout. .Zip files

  1. Once you have your .zip files downloaded, open Mylio and select the Import button in the top-right.
  2. Select “Online Servies” and then “Google Photos library”
  3. The next screen will explain the process to download your photos from Google Takeout. Select “Locate Takeout Files”. A window will open for you to select the folder that your .zip files are in. Be sure to select the folder that the .zip files are in, not the .zip files themselves. For most people, this will be your computer’s Downloads folder if you followed the steps in the previous tab. Even if your Downloads folder has other files in it, Mylio will only look for and import the .zip files from Google Takeout. For more details, see the “Files not found” tab on this page.
  4. Once you select the folder that contains the .zip files Mylio will check the folder and show you a short summary of the proposed import. Confirm by selecting “Begin Import” and selecting (or creating) a folder in Mylio to import your images to.
  5. After the import completes, your Albums from Google Photos will be shown in Mylio’s Album view and all photos will be organized by year inside the destination folder that you selected in Mylio’s Folder view.

Files not found

If you select a folder that does not contain Google Takeout .zip files then you will receive the message shown below. This commonly happens when the incorrect folder is selected or the .zip files have been unzipped by your filesystem and now appear as separate folders in macOS Finder or Windows Explorer.

If this happens the folder containing the original .zip files needs to be located using the “Choose Again” option. If you unzipped the Google Takeout files then you may need to compress them again using your filesystem.

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