With the ending of Christopher Newport University support for Google Photos, you will need to transfer your photos out of you University Google Photos account to another Google account, another photo storage provider, or your own storage. 

Moving to Another Google Photos Account with Partner Sharing

If you want to continue to use Google Photos, you'll need to move your photos to a personal Google Photos account.  The easiest way to do this is through Partner Sharing.  To set up Partner Sharing, click the gear at the top right corner of Photos.

Settings link

Click Partner Sharing.

Partner sharing

A box will pop up asking you if you want to limit to photos only after a certain date, leave that at "off".  Additionally, you'll be asked whether you want to share all photos or just photos of certain people; choose All Photos.

Show all photos

Click Next, and you'll be asked for an e-mail address to share your photos with.  Enter one associated with a personal Google account and click Next

E-mail non-CNU account

You'll see a confirmation.  Click Send Invitation, but you are not done!

Sharing confirmation

You'll then receive an email at your personal Google address asking you to accept the invite.  Click View Invite.

View invite

You'll then be asked to accept the invite.  Click Accept.

Accept invite

It will then ask you if you want to share your personal photos back.  Choose "Not Now"

Click Not Now

Once you do that, you'll see the photos.  In the corner you'll see "See these photos along with your own" .  Click that.

Click see these photos along with your own

In the box that pops up, choose "Save all photos" and click Done.

Save All Photos

Moving to Another Service with Google Takeout

If you would prefer to use another service to store your photos, or if you just want to download them to your computer, you can use Google Takeout to do so.

Downloading Photos with Google Takeout

To move your photos out of Google, you'll need to download them with Google Takeout.  Start by going to takeout.google.com.

*****IMPORTANT: so that you don't download everything in your Google Account, including e-mails, you MUST click "Deselect all" at the top

Deselect all

Scroll down to Google Photos and check that box.

Check Google Photos

Then, scroll all the way to the bottom and choose "Next step"

Next Step

Double-check that only 1 item is selected.

1 of 56 selected

Make sure "Transfer to:" says "Send download link via e-mail" and click Create Export.

Create Export

You will be e-mailed a link when your export has completed.  Click Download your Files.

Download files

On the page that comes up, click Download, and a zip file containing your photos will be downloaded to your computer.


If you want to upload to another service, you'll need to unzip the file.  On Windows, right-click it and choose "Extract All"

Extract all

If necessary, select a location to extract to, and click Extract.


On a Mac, just double-click the zipped file.

Double-click zip file

Importing to Amazon Photos

NOTE: Amazon Photos is not contracted, controlled, or supported by Christopher Newport University.  This information is provided solely for your convenience.

If you have a personal Amazon Photos account, you can upload your photos to that service.  Go to amazon.com/photos.  Then, click on Add and "Upload folder".

Upload Folder

Double-click on the folder that you extracted, then double-click on Takeout.

Takeout folder

Then, single-click on Google Photos to select it and click Upload.

Google Photos Folder

You'll get some error notifications because your Takeout folders actually include text data that is incompatible with Amazon Photos, but your photos will be uploaded.

Uploads with errors

Importing to a Personal iCloud Account

NOTE: Personal iCloud accounts are not contracted, controlled, or supported by Christopher Newport University.  This information is provided solely for your convenience.

If you have a Mac with a personal iCloud account, you can upload your photos there.  Launch the Photos app on your Mac.

Apple Photos

Open Finder, then double-click on the Takeout folder.

Takeout folder

Drag the Google Photos folder into your Photos app.

Drag into Photos

You'll get notified about incompatible files, but that is just because your Photos export includes additional information that isn't compatible.

The photos will by synced with iCloud.

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