Google+ is finally gets its shutting down date. According to the official announcement, this 8-year old social media platform will no longer available after April 2, 2019.
Google plans to delete the entire content made by its users, including posts, profiles, photos, videos, likes, and community posts. However, Google+ offers you to download your data before the deletion schedule begins.
Here are the steps you can follow to download your entire Google+ data using Google Takeout service.
How to download your Google+ data
1. On your desktop browser, go to Google Plus Takeout Page
2. Select which Google+’s product you want to backup, and then click Next.
3. Select the file format you are preferred. Windows user might be better to choose .ZIP over the .TGZ since Windows Explorer can open it.
4. Select your maximum archive size. For an older operating system is better to not pick any higher than 2GB. Please note that if your data is greater than 2GB, it will be split up.
5. Select where you want to store your file. Google+ offers you to send the archive to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, or just a download link via email.
6. If everything has set up, click Create Archive.
7. In this step, you just have to wait until the archiving process completed. It may take several minutes or so depending on the archive size, and the archive size reflects your activity on Google+ platform.
8. Finally, click the Download button to save your data to your disk. You may have to type your password to ensure that is you.
What’s inside the ZIP file?
According to my data, there are 4 types of file category such as:
- HTML – can be easily rendered by browsers like Chrome or Firefox.
- VCF – contained your Circles list and can be opened using Microsoft Outlook or Gmail.
- PNG/JPEG – as the extension is so familiar, you can see your uploaded photos here.
- CSV – contains metadata of the photo you uploaded.
After April 2, 2019, Google+ will be shutting down its entire service including Google+ comments, badge, and other related features.
The deletion process would take several months. Hence, you may still able to see your profile page along with the post. Check out Google+ Shutting Down FAQ for a more detailed explanation.