Friday, 22 March 2019

Google+ Is Shutting Down, See How To Download Your Data Now

Google had late last year declared that they were closing down consumer Google+ in August 2019 because of absence of frequent use of the platform and an API bug that was found that spilled its users data. Another bug was discovered in December 2018, so Google chose to shorten the shutdown date for consumer Google+ to April 2019.

Google has begun messaging Google+ clients who have their information saved there to download their information before it is erased as a result of its shutdown.

In the email sent to Google+ users, Google sated as follows:

"You’ve received this email because you have content in Google+ for your personal (consumer) account or a Google+ page you manage.
This is a reminder that on April 2, 2019 we’re shutting down consumer Google+ and will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted."

With the above mail, your Google+ account will no longer exist effective 2nd April, 2019. Google+ will close down and will start erasing content from consumer Google+ accounts. videos and images from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will be erased completely. Additionally,  effective 2nd April, 2019, all your comments using Google+ on all websites will be erased.

Although from the above email, Google said none of their other products, for example, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, or YouTube will be affected by the shutting down of consumer Google+.

Frequent users of Google+ will have to download their Google+ information as soon as possible. If probably you do not download your data from GooglePlus on or before 31st March, 2019 you won't most likely lay hands on it again forever.

How to Download Your Google+ Data

  • Visit Google Takeout: It helpfully gives you a chance to download any of the information from your Google account that you need all from one area. Click this link 

  • Select Google Data You Want To Download: In order to download only your Google+ data, "Deselect all', to uncheck everything. Scroll down and select the once you what to download. Use below screenshot as guide.

  • Adjust Format for Downloadable information: You have the opportunity to choose how you want to download your information. For instance, you can save Google+ Circles at vCard file which is quite effective as you can import them into contact applications. Then again, you can change to a HTML file or as comma-seperated value (CSV). After everything, click the "create archive" button.

  • Chose Where and How Your Data is Stored: You can save your data as a .compress or .tgz file with the sizes running from 1GB to 50GB. Google will accumulate the information out of sight once the procedure begins and it can consequently be transferred to cloud sources, for example, Google Drive or Dropbox.

On the other hand, you will be sent a download link via email once your information is ready for download.

You should note that downloading your Google+ data may require sufficient time, you are advised to begin before March 31, 2019 so as to avoid deletion of your Google+ data.

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