How To Get Photos From Facebook Into Google Plus [Mac & Windows]

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google plus picturesYou’ve probably heard about Google Plus recently. You may love it or hate it or still be yet to try it, but most of us tech fans seem determined to give it a go. However, one of the big problems with any new social network is getting things set up just right. Google profiles used to have a section for Flickr photos, but Google is now determined to make us all use Picasa in order to use Google Plus.

So, how do we get pictures into Google Plus easily? Well, one developer has made it simple to get photos from Facebook into Google Plus. It’s a neat program for Mac OS X or Windows which works by downloading all your Facebook photos so that it’s easy to re-upload them to a new social network, be that Google Plus or something else which comes along. This will be very handy, since many of us have at least a few decent photos in Facebook. It’s quite straightforward to use – we’ll show you just how easy it is now using the Mac OS X version.

Get Photograbber

It does what it says and says what it does: Photograbber will get your photos from Facebook and put them on your hard drive. Download, unzip and install as per normal for your operating system.

Using Photograbber

When you open Photograbber you’ll be faced with a simple window which says “Login“. When you click this, you’ll be taken to a Facebook authentication page in your browser so that you can allow Photograbber the access it needs to get your photos.

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Once authenticated, you’ll be given an authentication code which you’ll manually have to copy and paste back into the Photograbber program.

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The Photograbber program actually allows you to download any photos you have access to on Facebook. So, you need to ensure you choose “Myself” from the list of people. There’s a few other options you can choose from here too, such as whether to download all of your albums or just any photo you’re tagged in, whether to download all of the album if you’re tagged in one photo (eg. to get all the photos from a party you were at). You can also choose to get all the comments and tagging information if you like.

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When choosing a location to put them, ensure you create a folder to put them in, since this process will create many folders and their “date modified” will be according to the last photo added, not when they were downloaded.

It takes a while to collect information on which photos to download and then to get them downloaded. This is definitely a good time to turn on Caffeine and run off for a cup of tea yourself.

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When it’s done, you’ll find all of your photos in easily identifiable folders where you chose to download them. You can then upload albums into Google Plus via Picasa as you wish.

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More Photo Downloading Tools

If you’d prefer to look around at other photo downloading services, here’s a few you might be interested in:

Have you uploaded photos to Picasa because of Google Plus? Did you use Photograbber? Do you find you’re choosing a different set of photos to display or are you using the same ones? Why?

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Comments (13)
  • Gunit2799

    sweet

  • Ciarán Phillips

    An alternative to that is http://www.moveyourphotos.com which lets you move any album you can view on facebook to google+, not just your own!

  • Ciarán Phillips

    I’ve made my own firefox plugin available at http://www.moveyourphotos.com which lets you move not just your own albums, but any album you have permission to view on facebook. You can also move the photos you’re tagged in!

    The site doesn’t look like much just yet but I’d appreciate it if you gave the addon a try. Hopefully I’ll find some time soon to design a nice site layout

  • Ernest Ramos

    There is a Chrome plugin called Move2Picasa and it worked perfectly for me.  It’s much easier to use since all you need to do is authenticate it with both services and it downloads and uploads all your photos simultaneously.

    • Angela Alcorn

      Yeah, there’s a lot of new tools around. That one looks really good.

    • Ernest Ramos

      One thing I noticed, it downloads low-res versions only though.  So if you keep high res versions of your images in FB, it won’t be as good when it gets to Picasa.

    • Angela Alcorn

      That’s worth noting – thanks for sharing!

  • Jordan C

    There is also PhotoFetch http://www.photofetch.co which is an easy to use Mac app that lets you download any album of you or your friends. Available on the mac AppStore

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