Let’s All Take A Moment to Run Google Takeout

A whole lot of my personal and professional life is tied to Google products.

I used to do occasional backups with Google Takeout, then got out of the habit.

Events this week from Pixel phone resellers have shown that Google can taketh away in a flash. Hackers, too.

I requested my Google Takeout last night. The files were ready for download this morning. I scooped them up and put them on a backup external drive that synches to a Backblaze cloud backup (my refer-a-friend link). I am setting a monthly calendar reminder.


The process is straightforward:

  1. Go to Google Takeout.
  2. Select the data to include and request the download. The big ones will be email and pictures. I excluded pictures since I already have a backup of those.
  3. Within a day you’ll receive an email that the download is ready to commence. Large ones will be multiple files. Mine was 3 files: 1 for email and 2 for everything else.
  4. Download the files and store securely.
  5. Repeat monthly. If your business depends on your Google account, consider weekly backups.

Bonus: if you have not set up Google 2-step authentication on your Google account, do so now.

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