I post a lot of pictures to Facebook because it’s the quickest way to share with my friends and family. But now that I am getting older, I’m realizing a few things. First, Facebook changes things up all the time, and I’m starting to get a sinking feeling that I have no idea what that means for the future of all the photos I’ve entrusted them. And second, now that I’m a new father I’m realizing just how important those photos are to me. I want access to them on my own devices so I can tell my personal story to friends, family and baby boy as he grows up. So I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t trust Facebook to preserve these memories for me — I need to back them up for myself. And I bet I’m not the only person who wants to backup Facebook photos.
In the past, I’d grab photos from Facebook by browsing through my albums, then downloading each one individually. But those days are over. A cross-platform app called Mylio can import and backup Facebook photos, maintaining the same album structure and tagging, and do it all in minutes. And best of all, Mylio is FREE!
What is Mylio?
Mylio is an app for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android that helps you consolidate all your pictures (and videos, PDFs and text files) into a single library that’s viewable on all your devices. Apple Photos and Google Photos does something similar using their cloud services (iCloud and Google Drive), but Mylio uses something called peer-to-peer communication to let my devices interact directly with each other to make sure my library stays in sync. (That also means my photos aren’t up on somebody else’s server if I don’t want them to be). Even better, Mylio has a list of import features to help me get my photos from a variety of sources, including:
- Folders on my computer (Copy or Source)
- External hard drives and SD Cards
- Digital Cameras
- iOS Camera Roll and Android Media Library
- Other Applications
- Online Services
There it is… Facebook Albums. So let’s get started.
First, I recommend starting with Mylio on your computer (macOS or Windows) if you can, because your computer is the most likely place you’ll have enough space for all these juicy photos to live in their full-resolution glory.
- Download Mylio @ http://mylio.com/download/
- Open your downloads folder and open the installer.
- On macOS, the DMG file asks you to drag Mylio into the Applications Folder.
- On Windows, run the EXE file installer and follow the instructions.
- Open the application.
- Choose ‘Don’t have an account? Sign Up.’
- Enter an Email Address you expect to have for a long time, and enter a password.
- This is your Mylio account login information, and you can use it later to synchronize your library on other devices, so write this down!
- Open your email, find the message from Mylio, and click the activation link provided.
- This is what success looks like!
Backup Facebook Photos
Now you have what you need to backup Facebook photos. Here we go…
- Select ‘Import’ from the Navigation Panel (the left side of the screen).
- Select ‘Online Services’.
- Select ‘Facebook Albums’.
- Mylio will automatically ask you for your Facebook user email and password.
- Once signed in, Mylio will display your albums on Facebook and allow you to select the ones you want to import. Selecting an album will highlight the text and put a blue check mark next to it.
- Click ‘Continue’.
- You will be asked to confirm the organization and location for your saved photos.
- I recommend the default of ‘Keep existing organization’ so your imported folders match what you see in Facebook, making it easy to find what you are looking for.
- You can choose an existing folder if you have one, or create a new one called ‘Facebook Photos’.
- Click ‘Import Now’.
- You will now see the destination folder you chose, and watch as Mylio grabs everything and fills your new folders with all your Facebook Images. Yay!
Wait, There’s More!
Mylio just read any tagged people in your Facebook photos and will now display them automatically in Mylio’s ‘People’ view for convenience. Even better, this data gets added to Mylio’s automatic Face Recognition tool, helping you quickly find all the other images of people you know that you add to your library form other sources. Awesome!
What happens when I post images to Facebook after this import? No worries. Just run the Facebook Import in Mylio again, and only the newly added photos will be copied into Mylio. You can continue to backup Facebook photos with Mylio by following the same easy steps. Awyeah!
To experience the real magic of Mylio, install it on another device, sign in with the same account information while connected to the same WiFi network. This will let Mylio synchronize your library to other devices, allowing you to view, organize, edit and share from anywhere, on any device you like. Boom.
Want more info on synchronization? Check this out.