Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Download Entire Album from Google Plus

UPDATE :

Great news! Recently Google has introduced the ability to download complete albums from Google plus. So, from now on, if you wish to download an album from Google plus, you just have to follow three simple steps (and not a cumbersome workaround that was earlier mentioned in this page).

Here's how :

1. Browse to the album that you wish to download.

2. On an album page, click  on the “v” button.

3. Click on the “Download album” option to download all the photos in the album in a .zip file

Download Album From Google plus

Extract the photos from the downloaded .zip file and enjoy the album from your local hard drive :)


By now many of you will know about Google+ : the latest social networking site by Google. Features such as Circles, Hangout, Sparks has made it stand apart. Moreover, Google+ makes it incredibly easy to upload, share and browse images. Sadly, till now Google+ doesn’t offer an option to download an entire album. That’s where original "Picasa Web Albums" comes in.

Here's the trick :

1.  Make sure that you have Picasa installed in your computer

2. Go to the profile page of the person who has uploaded the album

3. Now copy the series of digits from addressbar [see screenshot below]


4. Clear the addressbar or open a new tab/window and type :

      https://picasaweb.google.com/

5. Paste the series of digits you copied at the end of the address along with ?noredirect=1. Hit enter.

Note : If the URL has ?Authkey or ?locked=true in it, then instead of adding ?noredirect=1 write &noredirect=1 at the end, and it will work.


6. Enter your Google+ username and password (if prompted).

7. This will open up the "Picasa Web Album" of that person. Locate the album you wish to download.

8. Click on the album and it will open up. Click on the "Download" button and select "Download to Picasa".


9. Firefox : In case a "Launch Application" window pops in, select "Picasa"
    Chrome : In the "External Protocol Request" window, click "Launch Application"

10. Click "Download"

Note : Picasa web album provides an option using which a user can restrict visitors from downloading his\her photos. Even if an album is "public" but this particular option is ticked, you'll find the download options greyed out.

The only workaround that I can suggest is ask the album owner to go to https://picasaweb.google.com/, then click on Settings->Privacy and Permissions, and check the box that says "Allow any visitor to download my photos."

Also check :

98 comments:

  1. This is perfect until this is allowed in Google Plus! Thanks you! For anyone who is unable to sign in to picasa web albums from the Picasa application (on your OS, not in the browser), when you ask to download the album, you probably can't login because you have two-step verification turned on for your Google account. Just generate an application specific password and copy paste into the picasa password even though it doesn't specify that it is asking for an application specific password.

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  2. @Yesss : Thanks for the information. Really helpful :)

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  3. it doesn't seem to be working anymore, I just tried and it redirected me to google+ :(

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  4. @Anonymous : Fixed ! Check step 5. Hope it helps :)

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  5. Hi There,

    This is indeed a terrific workaround.I have followed all your steps as you have mentioned above.But when I click the Download to Picasa option,nothing seems to be happening.Please could you guide me as to where I could be going wrong.I've been doing the above steps like the umpteenth time with no results:(

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    1. The same happened with me , but I was happy to see a picasaweb link instead of plus . Took me some time to figure out that its a silly JS issue with firefox & / or picasaweb . I went to the age old browser (Internet explorer) and hurray the link just worked ! :D

      PS : Seriously hate those who code for 'a' browser and neglect web standards

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  6. @Rene :

    Picasa web album provides an option using which a user can restrict visitors from downloading his\her photos. Even if an album is "public" but this particular option is ticked, you'll find the download options greyed out.

    The only workaround that I can suggest is ask the album owner to go to https://picasaweb.google.com/, then click on Settings->Privacy and Permissions, and check the box that says "Allow any visitor to download my photos."

    Let me know if it helps.

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  7. Thank you so much. These instructions were simple to follow.

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  8. I found this to be very useful - was able to use this procedure to download an album. Thanks.

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  9. It worked! Thank you so much! downloading albums from google + was such a pain! :))

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  10. Awesome! worked like a charm..Thanks very much.

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  11. Google Plus includes profiles which are currently in beta and only available to select users. The profile is similar to that of Facebook or Twitter, if you already have a Google account you can still use the plus one button on websites you just won't have access to the profile where you can add your picture and bio along with other information

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  12. It really worked for me,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thank you very much

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  13. thanks a lllllllllllooooooooooottttttttttt

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  14. You are my hero! :D ?Noredirect=1 indeed! How on earth did you figure that out!

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  15. GRACIAS
    ahora podre bajar muchas fotos
    :D
    THANKS!!

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  16. Worked like a charm, thanks for the workaround

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  17. thanks.......it works wonderfully.....

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  18. finally, when this option will be enabled in google +

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  19. Wov... works exactly as it would work in picasa web... Thanks for the work around...!

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  20. I love you for this :) Thanks !!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Thank you so much for this instructions that you have put forth.

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  22. Thank you soooo much for this simple and very effective workaround!
    You're a genius! :)

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  23. Thank you thank you thank you. I was pulling my hair out trying to figure this out. Hopefully Google will figure out a way to make this work without having to research the library of congress for the answer!

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  24. Thanks a lot for that hint!
    Rgds

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  25. Bloody brilliant! Saved me a lot of time!

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  26. Wow very good information...thanks a lot

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  27. FABULOUS! I wanted to download a wedding album with approx. 700 pics. in it. This solution worked! Thank you

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  28. Google + also now has Google Hangout which is more awesome than any.

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  29. Thank you SO MUCH. I wish Google had left Picasa alone, it was perfect. It is difficult for people NOT familiar with G+ to navigate the site.

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  30. well for me it doesnt work. when i type numer + add &noredirect it gives me "sorry, page not found"...

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  31. When I try to download one of my album in Google+ onto a different laptop, nothing happens using Google Chrome or IE. When I go to Picasaweb, I find the option to download greyed out. I checked my settings and the option to authorize others to download is ticked. I can download one photo at a time, but I don't want to do this. Very strange. Any ideas? I know I could copy the photos to a flash drive or another cloud storage site, but I want to know what prevents me (and others) from downloading. Thanks!

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  32. Buddy! great job. Thanks for the valuable information

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  33. I just tried the above steps and succeeded in downloading an entire album to my computer (Windows 8). However, when I clicked on the icon to open it, I was told that I did not have permission to open the file. On other attempts it asked me to choose a program to open it, but nothing would open it. Nobody has posted to this thread for 5 months now, so I hope someone reads this and helps me, thank you.

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    1. Right click the file
      Click Properties
      Go to the "General" tab
      Click on "Unlock file"
      Click OK

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  34. I get the zip file OK. Do you suggest something other than winzip to unzip the file?

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  35. Are the photos downloaded full size or reduced pixel?

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    1. The photos downloaded are in the original size :)

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