How to download a photo album on Facebook

How to download a photo album on Facebook

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In the early days of Facebook, people uploaded 20 photos from one event. They created and named an album and stopped there. Nowadays, most users pay more attention to how many photos they post in one album, but the photos keep accumulating.

How to download a photo album on Facebook

You may want to delete those albums one day, but first you want to save the photos to your computer. Fortunately, you don't have to download one photo at a time because Facebook allows you to download the entire album.

There are several ways to download an album from your Facebook profile; the steps below will help. We will also discuss whether you can download other people's albums from Facebook and how to resolve specific privacy settings.

How to download an album from Facebook

Even if you have not created any Facebook albums, the platform will automatically create "Profile Photos" and "Background Photos" albums. Therefore, you can download these photos collectively.

So, no matter how many albums you have on Facebook, the following steps are required to successfully download them to your computer:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account and go to your profile page.
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  2. Click "Photos."
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  3. Find the "Albums" tab.
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  4. Select the album you want to download and click the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner.
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  5. Select "Download album" from the drop-down menu.
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  6. Click "Continue."
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Facebook will immediately start creating a ZIP file containing all the photos in the selected album. Note that the size of the album will determine how long this process will take.

When the ZIP file is ready, Facebook will inform you that the download is possible. You will be asked to enter your Facebook password before the download is complete.

Important: While individual photos can be saved to the Facebook mobile app, album downloads are only possible via a web browser.

You can repeat the download process for each album you want to save on your computer.

How to download all your photos from Facebook

If downloading one album at a time still isn't efficient enough, you can try another solution. With just a few clicks, you can download all your photos, including albums, timeline posts and more.

Here's what you need to do to download all your Facebook photos:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account and go to "Settings."
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  2. Select "Your Facebook information" from the panel on the left.
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  3. From the list of available options, go to "Get your information" by clicking the "View" button.
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  4. In the "Choose file options" section, select the format, media quality and date range for the download.
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  5. Click the "Deselect All" button in the "Select downloadable information" section.
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  6. Check only the "Posts" box.
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  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the "Request Download" button in the "Start Download" section.
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Again, Facebook will take a few moments to gather the information. If you have many photos and videos, the process may take longer. When it prepares the ZIP file, you will receive a notification.

In addition, the download of all posts will include any photo effects used and status updates you have written. Also, when choosing the file format, you can choose between HTML and JSON.

If you want to download every profile picture, select "All time" from the "Date range" menu.

Finally, you can check other available boxes when downloading all posts from Facebook. For example, you can download all saved items and posts, polls, events, messages, comments and reactions, Reels and more. Basically, Facebook allows you to download and store everything you've done on your profile.

How to transfer albums from Facebook

Did you know that you can move your Facebook albums to another location without downloading them first? It's a fairly simple process, but you'll need to make sure you have enough space in Dropbox or Google Drive to move all your albums.

If that's not a problem, follow the steps below to learn how to transfer a Facebook album:

  1. Open your Facebook profile and select the album you want to transfer.
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  2. Click the three dots on the album.
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  3. Select "Move album" from the drop-down menu.
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  4. When a new window appears, select the desired location. For example, you can move an album to Google Photos or Dropbox.
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  5. On the next page, you can choose whether you want to move the entire album or all photos. Or choose a specific date range.
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  6. You can choose the same options for your Facebook videos.
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  7. Click the "Next" button.
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  8. Select the "Connect" button if the selected platform is not already connected to your Facebook.
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  9. Click the "Start transfer" option.

How to download individual photos from Facebook

If you're not familiar with downloading a single photo from Facebook, we'll walk you through all the options.

Undoubtedly, the easiest and most effective option is to right-click on any photo and select "Save image as". You can choose where to store the photo and that's it.

But another option gives the same result and is just as efficient and simple.

  1. Select a photo on your Facebook or one of your friends' profiles.
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  2. On the right side of the screen, select the three dots next to your or the person's name.
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  3. Select "Download" from the drop-down menu.
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  4. Select a storage location on your computer and rename the file, if necessary.

The photo or video you select will be automatically saved to your device.

You can also download images using Facebook iOS Or Android application. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your mobile device.
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  2. Find the image you want to download.
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  3. Tap the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner.
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  4. Select "Save" from the drop-down menu.
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The photo will be automatically downloaded to your phone's gallery. Note that you cannot affect the resolution of the photo; usually the saved image is not of the best quality.

Of course, another clever solution is to take a screenshot of the photo and save it in the screenshot folder.

How to hide timeline photos on Facebook

Instead of downloading photos from your Facebook profile and deleting them, you can also hide specific images from other users. This way you don't have to deal with downloading or uploading albums, but still customize your photos and albums to your liking.

Here's how to hide a photo on your Facebook timeline if you've already published it:

  1. Find the photo on your Facebook timeline.
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  2. Select the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner.
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  3. Select "Edit recipients" from the menu.
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  4. Press "Custom" in the pop-up window to exclude specific users. Or select "Only me" if you want to hide the photo from everyone.
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  5. Select "Done."
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But if you want to customize who sees your photos in the future, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Facebook settings page.
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  2. In the "Your activity" section, select "Who can see your posts".
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  3. Choose whether only your friends can see posts, or select "Friends except..." to prevent specific users from seeing your photos and other posts. Alternatively, select "Only me" if you want to hide them from everyone.
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Additional frequently asked questions

Can you move photos from one Facebook album to another?

Yes, it is possible. All you have to do is open the photo in the album, click the three dots and select "Move to another album" from the menu.

Can I add photos to an existing Facebook album?

Yes, you can. By clicking the "Add photos" button in a specific Facebook album, you can attach new photos to an existing album. You can also delete images you don't have in the same album.

Can you create a Facebook album with existing photos on your timeline?

Absolutely, you can. Perhaps the photos you upload have a common theme and you want to combine them in an album. First you need to create an album, name it, and then transfer the photos to the newly created Facebook album. Or you can create an album first, and then transfer the photos from your device.

Easily manage your Facebook albums

Facebook albums can serve as a practical and sentimental documentation of your life and activities over the years. Sometimes we post photos on Facebook and delete them from our devices. Fortunately, entire albums can be downloaded from Facebook, but only through a web browser.

You can download individual images and customize other album settings using the Facebook app. In addition, if you want to download all of your Facebook posts, including all images, the download process is quite simple and offers several customization options.

Finally, you can create new albums, transfer photos to other platforms and move photos from one album to another.

Do you upload a lot of photos to Facebook and create albums? Let us know in the comments section below.

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