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How to Mass Download All of Your Shutterfly Photos

Nancy Messieh 13-06-2018

While Shutterfly is an affordable option for ordering photo prints, up until recently there wasn’t a way to export your photos to your computer, or anywhere else for that matter. Getting those photos back out of Shutterfly was a pretty painful experience that just didn’t work very well. The latest update out of Shutterfly changes all of that.


Shutterfly launched a completely revamped and much more user-friendly interface that makes it easier to share your photos with others, to create new albums, and more importantly, it makes it much easier to download your photos.

How to Mass Download All of Your Shutterfly Photos

Once you have access to the revamped Shutterfly interface, you can view all your photos by going to the Shutterfly website and navigating to My Photos. Once there, you can view your entire library of photos, or you can view specific albums you’ve created.

Your entire library is divided by date, so each month and each specific date has a button next to it with a checkmark and the number of photos in that collection.

  1. If you want to download your entire library, click each of those buttons to select all the images associated with each month. You can also be more selective, choosing to download images from a specific date or even just click the images themselves you want to download. How to Mass Download All of Your Shutterfly Photos Shutterfly Download Images 1
  2. Once you’ve made your selection, in the menu that appeared at the top, click the Download button. How to Mass Download All of Your Shutterfly Photos Shutterfly Download Images 2
  3. You’ll see a message letting you know that you’ll receive an email when your images are ready for download.How to Mass Download All of Your Shutterfly Photos Shutterfly Download Images 3
  4. That email will contain a link to a zip file that allows you to download all the images you selected with one click. How to Mass Download All of Your Shutterfly Photos Shutterfly Download Images 4 e1528822018529

If you don’t have access to the new Shutterfly just yet, you can use the Chrome extension Shutterfly Exporter, but will have to create a Shutterfly Share Site first in order for the extension to work. It also is not the most user friendly method for bulk downloads as you have to manually click save on each dialog box that opens up when downloading your photos.

Shutterfly used to have an Archive DVD option to purchase with up to 1,000 of your images saved on it, but the service was discontinued a while back. With Shutterfly’s new download options, the site can finally be considered a serious contender among the many popular photo storage sites Free up Massive Space on Your Phone with 7 Photo Storage Services Thanks to smartphone photography and high-definition video phones run out of storage space very quickly. But there are popular cloud storage options and auto-upload features which can help us get some space back. Read More out there.


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  1. Casey
    August 27, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    I was wanting to download all my photos back to my Mac so they would be in my cloud and auto organized by date.... unfortunately when I downloaded several hundred of pictures, they were all dated with the current date instead of the original date of creation.... so frustrating!!! Has anyone experienced this and possibly found a way around it?

    • H.R.Drake
      October 18, 2018 at 5:23 am

      Download a program called Exifer, I got it from cnet's download site, it can bulk change the file date on all of your photos back to the original-photo-taken-date (as long as that info hasn't been stripped off the file by some other application).
      It worked great for me.

  2. Lori
    July 1, 2018 at 1:18 am

    When did they add this download feature with the emailed zip file?