Google Takeout – Download your Data from all Google Services at Once

Google recently introduced Google Takeout, a new service which helps you to download all your data hosted on Google which includes your Picasa albums, Google contacts, your Buzz updates and even your Google+ updates.

The downloaded data is useful in many ways, for example, all the photos uploaded on the Picasa, in every album can be dowloaded in one go. The downloaded albums are arranged in folders.

  1. Head on to Google Takeout and sign in to your Google account.
  2. Under the Choose services tab you can choose what all data you want to download, you will also get the estimated size of the files.
  3. After that, click on Downloads tab and hit Download (you need to re-login).
However, the data from Docs, YouTube, Orkut etc cannot be downloaded using Google Takeout but there’s another service by known as Data Liberation which gives step-by step method to download your data from each Google service.

[Geek Tip] – Avoid typing long file path name in command window


You need to reference a filename in the Run box or Command Window but don’t want to have to type out a long pathname.


  1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the file you need to reference.
  2. Open the Run box or Command Window
  3. Drag the file from the explorer window to the run box or command window.

You now have the full path and filename ready to use. No more typing!