It’s estimated that there are almost 1,200,000,000 Internet users that have a Google account and use one or more of Google’s products. Over the years Google has released a humongous number of services and applications or just bought the services from the other networks, like Instagram. If you are using one of Google products, you are storing data on them, by uploading pictures, music, links, chats, mail and a LOT more. And all under the watchful eye of The Data Liberation Front and Google’s Terms of Service.
I Store What?
A LOT. When you are using a Google product you can sign in using your Google Account credentials. Just one account, one password to use or sign in to any of your products.
Are you using Google’s GMail? Your data (your emails including attachments) are stored on Google’s data centers located (mostly) in the US. Not only your mails, but also your contacts, addresses – everything.
Youtube? Instagram? Blogger? Picassa? Google+? Maps? AdSense? AdWords? Google Docs? Google Drive? The list is endless. and still growing.
Your vacation pictures, the pictures and comments you type in your Google+ stream and almost everything else you upload (and share on the Internet) is out there.
Have you ever been searching for that one picture you posted of you and that one time meeting with Miss Boobalicious back in 2003 and you have lost it because your hard drive crashed? You CAN get it back, provided you posted it somewhere in ‘The Google Cloud“. Google data backup to the rescue. [Insert Mighty Mouse theme song here...].
“Can I have a healthy burger, hold the mayo, the bacon, the cheese and the pickles?”
Yes. Google has a Takeout, where you can order some – but not all – of your data. It collects the data you have posted on one of the Google services and packs it in neat compressed zip files for easy download and restoring. The data is collected per product, per day, so you can actually see what you have been up to on a certain day. Maybe you’ll find one or two surprises…
Drive up to the drive through window and let’s order!
“‘Morning, I’m Beth, can I take your order please?”. “Uhm yeah, I want a Google+ Profile, with Circle Sauce, a large YouTube, a double Contacts and a large Picassa.”. “Ok, that will be $0.00, sir.”. She blond or what? For FREE?
For FREE is just the right amount of money you want to spend on this order. After all it’s YOUR data.
Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours. ~ Google Terms Of Service.
I could write an extensive step by step walk through, but I won’t. Thanks to the wonder of moving imagery I can show you how and what to do, to get a backup of your Google Data from their different products. I’m lazy. Get your Google data backup – back.
I downloaded my data from all of the Google services that support Takeout. It resulted in three zip files, 388KB, 1.9GB and 2.1GB. Making these kind of zipfiles takes some time on the Google servers. You can start the process of zipping your data and ask Google to send you an e-mail when it’s done.
All you have to do to download the zipfiles is to get back to Google Takeout and download the files. Because of security reasons you have to enter your Google account password again. Be sure to have a REAL burger while you’re waiting for the download to be finished. You can unzip the files onto a convenient location of your hard drive and have fun going through your old posts and see what an ass you have made of yourself over the past years… Have Phun with your Google data backup.
[UPDATE} If you are interested in doing the same for your Twitter account, here is an excellent walk through by Mayura to guide you through that process!