I've been uploading via Instant Upload (a.k.a Auto Backup) from my Android phone now for about a year. There are many photos and now I want to download them all to my computer. However, I can't download them all because they are not in an album and I can't move all to an album since there is no way to "Mark All/Every photo".

So how could I solve this?

  • The technique in this answer should allow you to select all of the images relatively painlessly.
    – ale
    Sep 1, 2012 at 16:35
  • @AlEverett, that worked really well. I didn't know that you could select photos by dragging a box around them. Thanks for the answer! Sep 1, 2012 at 17:59

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Visit Google Takeout. It’s a service by Google where you can download "all" your data of any Google service. Choose "Google Photos". This should contain all your uploaded images.

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    Choose "Google+ Photos" now. Works great.
    – talyric
    Jun 11, 2013 at 14:58
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    Can an OP or admin mark this as best answer? Just used Google Takeout and it works great! Dec 12, 2014 at 16:24
  • I hope this works for me too, I have like 40Gb of photos (a lot of our wedding and then the last 14 yrs on there too). I do have local copies but we are trying to ensure we have a copy of everything everywhere. Sep 30, 2015 at 18:39

To finish of the thread: According to Al Everett:

In this answer you can find a way to select all photos in Instant Upload. Instead of Deleting them you can add them to an album and afterwards download the entire album.

  • The technique to select all photos does not currently work with Google+ photos. But Google Takeout (above) works well.
    – talyric
    Jun 11, 2013 at 14:57

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