Sometimes it seems like all the good things – well, all free things – have an end, at least as far as Internet services are concerned. In this case, we talk about Flickr, one of the most popular free photo storage services. The service was purchased by the professional photo-hosting service SmugMug and last November it was announced that the number of free users is limited to 1,000 photos and no more than 1TB of storage space.
According to the Flickr blog, users with more than 1,000 photos in their accounts as of January 8, 2019 were unable to upload additional files. Even worse, as of February 4, all photos that exceed the 1
Do you want to avoid losing these photos? Flickr hopes you'll choose to upgrade to Flickr Pro, which costs $ 5.99 per month (or $ 4.17 per month if you pay annually). However, if you want to stick with the free plan and have over 1,000 photos, you should move all of your photos to another service, such as: In Google Photos.
There are two ways to download your photos: and what you prefer depends on how much information you've entered in Flickr.
Download only the photos.
If you only want the photos, there are several relatively easy ways to do that (but make sure you have enough space on your hard drive). Of course, every process starts with logging into your Flickr account and transferring it to your photostream.
First, you can select photos on the Camera Roll tab. With Flickr, you can organize your photos either by shooting date or by uploaded date. Choose the simplest for you. Then run the list and click "Select All" for each date you want to download photos. (If you want to download them all, click on the top photo, hold down the SHIFT key, go to the last photo and click on it.) Then move the cursor to the bottom of the window. A pop-up menu contains a selection to download. Click on "Create ZIP file".
However, there is a catch: Flickr allows you to download only 500 photos at the same time.
If you want to download more, you have several options. According to a Flickr help file recommended earlier this year, you can download up to 5,000 photos from a single album at the same time. However, in several threads in the Flickr Help Forum, many users reported issues with these mass downloads and suggested limiting the downloading of albums to 500 photos. Click the Albums tab, hover over the album you want to download, and click the down arrow. Flickr then offers to download the album as a ZIP file. Just click on "Create ZIP file".
Photos and information also download
If you just want to download everything at once – and also get all the metadata, comments, and GPS data that accompanies the photos – then it gets more complex. Click your avatar icon in the upper-right corner of the page and select Settings. At the bottom of the Settings page is a large button named "Request my Flickr data." The message above indicates to which email address the link to your data will be sent. You can change that if you have to. After clicking the button, the message changes to "Flickr data requested".
It will take a while. I had an old Flickr account that contained almost nothing, so I essentially only had to download 13 photos. I pressed against the clock at 11.30 and it was ready in about 15 minutes. (Users with significantly larger file numbers reported much longer times – one who had about 13,000 photos said it took four days.)
Do not expect your photos to be displayed along with their data – photos and information arrive separately. The ZIP files containing your photos contain up to 500 photos, so you may have many downloads in front of you.
The data is delivered in a zipped set of files in a format called JSON. JSON is relatively easy to read. You can use a simple text editor to display all information including the comments. However, while you keep the information secure, you can not easily transfer it to another service, such as a mobile phone. On Google Photos.
If you're ambitious, you can try using a metadata tool like Phil Harvey's ExifTool to merge your data with the corresponding photos. You can also try an app like IFTTT that includes several tools for moving tagged photos from Flickr to a service like 500px. If you do not want to do it yourself, Flickr will list several tools on its website that will make the download process easier and / or faster. (One of our co-workers has successfully used an open-source tool called flickr downloadr.)
Once you've retrieved your photos, you can upload them to another service, such as: Google Photos, 500px, Photobucket or DeviantArt. Keep in mind that you can only upload the photos, not the metadata (such as location or related comments), if you can not associate your data with the associated photos, as none of these services offer any kind of special upload from Flickr ,
But while you may lose your Flickr comments, you've saved your photos – at least the older ones that may be deleted.