How to Download Your Google User Data
It’s your information, and Google makes it easy to have a copy
Google provides tools to download a copy of all the data you’ve recorded using services from Google.
Using the Google Takeout tool, you can easily download an archive of files detailing all activity you’ve had with a Google product—including every Gmail message sent and received, every Google calendar item you’ve scheduled, everything you’ve asked Google Assistant, each location you’ve searched on Google Maps and even all the YouTube videos you have watched. Once you’ve downloaded your data, you can export, save and back up that information, or use it for a service outside Google.
If you use Google services daily, it’s easy to compile a lot of data, but retrieving and downloading a copy of it is not complicated. To download your Google data, follow these steps.
First, go to takeout.google.com. Select from the list of products. You can deselect services you don’t need using the check boxes on the right.
Click Next at the bottom of the page.
In the Choose file type, frequency & destination menu, you can set up your delivery method (including email) file type, the frequency with which you want your data downloaded and the desired file type and size. Zip files can usually be opened by most computers, but the other option, “.tgz,” might require additional software.
In the next dropdown, there are four five sizes to choose from: 1Gb, 2 Gb, 4 Gb, 10 Gb and 50 Gb. If you use multiple Google services every day and estimate that you have a lot of data, choose the maximum 50 Gb file size so your data doesn’t have to be split into multiple files.
Next, click the Create Export
Data archives, depending on the size, can take hours or days to create. Exporting a copy of your data does not delete it from Google servers; it is merely a backup for your records. The archive expires after about 7 days, after which you’ll have to download a new archive to get the latest data.