The Email Notice
Google, the search giant, is set to shut down its Album Archive service next month. The company has started sending emails to users informing them that “some content that’s only available in Album Archive will be deleted starting July 19.” Google Hangouts, Gmail theme picker, and other defunct messaging apps contributed data to the Album Archive. This includes background images uploaded before 2018, small thumbnail photos, album comments, and likes.
Impact on Users
Album Archive users are now urged to back up their valuable memories and data before July 19th using Google Takeout. This tool allows them to download a copy of their images and videos stored in the archive via a link sent to their email or by transferring the content to cloud storage services like Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, or Dropbox.
For those who are still unaware of the consequences of not backing up their Album Archive content before the shutdown date, they risk losing important memories and data that might be impossible to recover. Moreover, Google Takeout download links generated via email are only valid for seven days; thus urging users to act promptly.
There is some confusion among users due to the discrepancy between Google’s email notice and their support page. Even though the email clearly states that data will be deleted starting July 19th, the support page suggests that it may still be possible for users to access certain content “beyond July 19” through other Google services like Blogger, Hangouts (now Chat), Google Photos, and their default Google Account.
While this disparity raises some uncertainty about whether all of the stored images and videos will be completely erased come July 19th, it’s better for users to err on the side of caution and use Google Takeout to back up any relevant content to avoid losing valuable data.
With the Album Archive set to sunset next month, users are bound to seek other platforms for storing and sharing valuable photos and videos. This could lead more people to explore alternative photo storage and sharing sites, as well as photo organization apps, to better manage their digital memories.
As Google prepares to sunset its Album Archive service, users are advised to back up their precious memories using Google Takeout before the specified date. A reminder of the importance of backing up, archiving, and managing digital content; alternatives such as cloud storage providers and photo organization apps can help ensure the security and availability of cherished moments and memories for years to come.