Facebook Will Let Users Transfer Pictures Directly to Google Photos

The tool is then expected to roll out to users in the rest of the world sometime in the first half of 2020. The idea is an internet where eventually, people aren't locked into a single platform and can move their data freely from one service to the next.

Facebook has launched a new tool which allows you to easily transfer your photos and videos to another service, although it's only available to folks in Ireland initially - although a wider rollout will happen soon enough. Facebook has today announced the release of the first data portability tool that will enable users to transfer/ back up their Facebook photos to Google Photos. Now the social media company will let you do just that.

'That's the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while also encouraging innovation'.

The tool is now being rolled out in Ireland, but will be made available worldwide in early 2020, the company said today in a blog post.

"We want to build practical portability solutions people can trust and use effectively", said Mr Sattterfield.

Lawmakers in the United States are pushing a bill that will improve online data portability. Users who have the option available to them will see the tool in Facebook's settings under Your Facebook Information.

All data transfers will be encrypted and users will be asked for a password before the transfer is initiated, the company said in a blog post.

"For example, a company using the Data Transfer Project framework can send an existing data type to a new service by simply creating a new Data Transfer Project importer for that data type", said Software developer William Morland.