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How to Use Google Takeout

as I attempt to De-Google my digital world...

I used Google Takeout to get as much as I could from the various Google services. It was a lot including my YouTube videos, Google Photos, old Blogger posts and more.

they say

"Google Takeout provides a handy way to download your data or move it to another device. It is the simplest way to move your stuff from Google's digital domain into your own."

Users can select different services from the list of options provided. As of 24 March 2016, the services that can be exported are as follows:

Google+ +1s, Circles, Pages, Streams and posts

Chrome Sync bookmarks

Google Calendar appointments

Google Contacts

Google Drive files

Google Fit

Google Photos

Google News

Google Play Store

Google Play Console

Google Play Movies

Google Play Music

Google Play Games

Google Play Books metadata and notes

Google Groups

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts On Air

Google Keep

Google Tasks

Google Location History

Gmail data

Google Maps My Maps, saved places and reviews

Google Profile

Android Device Configuration Service

Google Home App

Input Tools

Classic Sites

Google Voice billing history, greetings and voicemail recordings

Google Wallet

YouTube videos, subscriptions, chats, own comments, playlists, history, live chat messages

Google Pay

Search Contributions

Data Shared For Research

Shopping Lists


Google Home


Hands Free

Street View

The user can select to export all of the available services or choose services from the above list. Takeout will then process the request and put all the files into a zip file.

Takeout then optionally sends an email notification that the export is completed, at which point the user can download the archive from the downloads section of the website. The zip file contains a separate folder for each service that was selected for export.

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