How To Download All Facebook Photos With Your Tag

facebook backup intro   How To Download All Facebook Photos With Your TagOne of the best features of Facebook are the photos albums, which allows you and all of your friends to upload an unlimited number of pictures to share with your personal networks.

You can also create Facebook “tag” photos, which means a person’s profile is linked to the specific picture they appear in.  This gives you the very useful ability to quickly view pictures of specific people – all without ever having to dig through a photo album.


While it’s great having all of these pictures online, you aren’t guaranteed that they will always be available.  You can easily lose access to these photos if Facebook removes an album, if the internet is unavailable, or if the friend who uploaded the photos decides to remove them.  It is possible to save Facebook pictures individually, but that can be incredibly tedious if you have a large amount of photos you’d like to download.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to download all of the Facebook tag photos that you and your friends are in with a great application called PhotoGrabber.

Getting Started

To begin, simply head over to the PhotoGrabber homepage and download the application for your operating system.  PhotoGrabber is available for both Mac (PhotoGrabber-OSX) and Windows (PhotoGrabber-Win), so make sure to download the right .zip file.

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After you’ve downloaded the file, Windows users should extract its contents to a new folder on your computer and Mac users should unzip and drag PhotoGrabber.app into your Applications folder.

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One very nice feature of PhotoGrabber is that it is a standalone executable file and requires no installation.  Once you’ve extracted the files, all you need to do is run pg.exe (just make sure to keep it in the same folder as the rest of the extracted files).

Downloading Facebook Photos

Now that you’ve downloaded and extracted PhotoGrabber, double click the PhotoGrabber executable to get started.  When you first open the program, you will be presented with a login screen.  Click the large Login button to be taken to a Facebook authentication page.

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Click Allow on the Facebook authentication page which will allow PhotoGrabber to have access to your content.

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Now that you’ve authorized PhotoGrabber to work with your account, head back to the application.  Click I want to download…

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PhotoGrabber will now display a list of all of your friends, including yourself.  To download all pictures tagged with your name, simply select Myself then click the large Begin Download button.

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Before the download begins, you will need to select a directory where you would like to save the tagged photos.  Click OK and the download process will start.

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Facebook photos are fairly small and download quickly, but the duration of the download will vary based on how many pictures have been tagged.  It took approximately 20 minutes for me to download 1,000+ photos, but your experience may vary based on the network connection.

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When the photos are finished downloading you can browse to the folder where they were saved to view them!

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You can repeat this exact same process to download any tagged pictures of your friends, just select their name instead of Myself at the download selection screen.

Using the PhotoGrabber application for Facebook is great for keeping a personal copy of photos from Facebook and is an excellent way to protect them for the future.

Do you have any other tips for saving your personal content from Facebook?  Share it with us in the comments!

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Henx

This is a great app. I see people using this more to untag themselves from crazy pictures than backing them up tho lol.

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osama

great app…http://www.backupify.com is also a web backup utility for major websites

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Evan Wondrasek

Hi Ian,

You bring up a good question. I’m no lawyer, so unfortunately I can only point you in the direction of more information. Facebook’s Privacy settings can of course be used to stop people from accessing photos (including using this application).

PhotoGrabber’s Privacy/Security information: http://code.google.com/p/photo

Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities: http://www.facebook.com/terms…. You’ll probably want to look at section 2. Sharing Your Content and Information, subsection 1:

1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

Any lawyers in the house want to give us some input?

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Ian Homer

How about the legalities of the use of this application then? Not everyone who uploads to Facebook will expressly allow others to grab their (or someone else’s images they have on licence, say from a professional).

A quick scan of the above reveals nothing said about this and respecting copyright holders work.

The end user would be liable if they infringed using this app and could conceivably face significant financial penalties through the courts.

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Evan Wondrasek

Hi Ian,

You bring up a good question. I’m no lawyer, so unfortunately I can only point you in the direction of more information. Facebook’s Privacy settings can of course be used to stop people from accessing photos (including using this application).

PhotoGrabber’s Privacy/Security information: http://code.google.com/p/photograbber/wiki/Privacy

Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities: http://www.facebook.com/terms.php You’ll probably want to look at section 2. Sharing Your Content and Information, subsection 1:

1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

Any lawyers in the house want to give us some input?

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Jack Cola

I use the Firefox Addon Facepad to download my photo’s.

And have used this to make a complete backup of my facebook profile.
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/h

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alhasib

I have been playing with PhotoGrabber on the Mac for a few weeks now and I have to say it does one job and it does it well. I use the FacePAD extension for FireFox to download a single album, but PhotoGrabber comes in handy when you want to find pictures of a specific person across multiple albums (and accounts).

My only complaint about this program is that it does such a good job, it downloads any picture that you are “tagged” in. Since many people on FB tag you even though you might not be in the picture, you end up getting a lot of misc extra pics. (On the other hand, I guess it is my FB friends faults for mis-tagging people).

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Jack Cola

I use the Firefox Addon Facepad to download my photo’s.

And have used this to make a complete backup of my facebook profile.
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-backup-archive-all-your-facebook-data/

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David

For linux KDE users, gwenview has a plugin.

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geffmax

It is great to have this idea, lemi make use of it ….thax to the makeuseof.com group.

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geffmax

It is great to have this idea, lemi make use of it ….thax to the makeuseof.com group.

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Eddie

this is a good app, though when i downloaded, it only took 347 pictures from my facebook, athought i have 690 photos by other people and 773 in total, how do i get them all, or at least the ones by friends?