Technology giant Google has announced discontinuing its Album Archive feature, allowing users to view and manage content from various Google products. Starting from July 19, 2023, Google Album Archive will no longer be accessible to users. In an email sent to users, Google recommends utilizing Google Takeout to download a copy of their data before the shutdown.
Email Notification to Users:
Google is sending an email with the subject line “An update to Album Archive” to users who have recently viewed Album Archive or have content visible in it. The email informs recipients about the upcoming shutdown of Album Archive, effective from July 19, 2023. Users are advised to use Google Takeout to back up their Album Archive data.
Contents of the Email:
The email highlights that Album Archive is currently used for viewing and managing album content from select Google products. However, certain content exclusive to Album Archive will be deleted after July 19. This includes small thumbnail photos, album comments or likes, specific Google Hangouts data, and background images uploaded in the Gmail theme picker before 2018. Users are encouraged to create a copy using Google Takeout to retain access to this data. Google reassures users that even after Album Archive is no longer available, they can still view and manage some content directly through Google’s other products.
How to back up data?
To ensure data preservation, users are advised to back up their data using Google Takeout. Google will either provide a download link via email or facilitate the transfer of data to popular cloud storage services like Google Drive, IDrive, OneDrive, or Dropbox.