Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Google Takeout: How to Backup Your Google Stuff via Google Takeout

Do you like takeout?  Or as the Brits say "take-away?" Well, if you use Google services like Gmail, Google Docs, Hangouts, etc., Google has a semi-secret service called "Google Takeout." It will back up your data, and you can download it as a ZIP file.
How to Use Google Takeout

Very useful and nifty if you 

a) get locked out of your Google account or hacked
b) Google goes crazy and does even more nefarious things than usual with your so-called "private" data (privacy... how quaint).
c) you want Microsoft-formats of your stuff.

If you depend - as I do - on Google services, Takeout is a fabulous thing to know about.  (They don't do a great job promoting it, of course).

Using Takeout to Backup your Google Files



  • Log in to your Google account (just go to http://www.google.com/) and make sure you see your name / picture in the top right - or click on the blue LOGIN button on the top right.
  • Go to Google Takeout by clicking on https://www.google.com/settings/takeout
  • Follow the instructions to select everything, or just certain things to "backup."
Google will then email you the archive as a ZIP file, and presto - you're backed up in case of a total meltdown of the worldwide Internet.