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Migrate from Google Photos

Transfer Files

  1. Go to Google Takeout
  2. Click Deselect all then check only Google Photos.
  3. Trigger the export of your Google Photos Data.
  4. Depending on the number of photos, it can take a few days for your data to be exported
  5. Download your data and extract all archives into to your originals or import folder
    • the folder should include the photos themselves, alongside json files for each of the photos
  6. Start indexing or importing


The following metadata is read by PhotoPrism from each photo's JSON file

  • Title
  • Description
  • Geolocation Info (lat/long)
  • Date/Time Taken
  • Date/Time Created
  • Date/Time Updated

Transfer Albums

Google Photos albums won't be automatically imported yet as we're trying to find a way to deal with auto-generated albums users may not want to import.

The community has created a bash script to import albums from a Google Takeout. For more information and support, see the project page on Github:


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