Facebook Tips: Automatically backup your FB images to dropbox.
Most of us live virtual lives on Facebook. We chat, share our thoughts, upload selfies, comment on others, and do just about anything we do in our real world.
But at the same time, it is important to distinguish between the real world and the virtual world. Facebook is not forever and you never know what could happen to your Facebook photos, how secure is the server hosting your Facebook images, etc. While I strongly believe that you should know what you are sharing. otherwise, you may become the next victim of cyberbullying.
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Now back to the topic. In this post, I will walk you through an efficient way to upload all of your Facebook photos that you share from the day you joined Facebook until the last day.
How to backup your Facebook photos
The first thing that comes to mind is to go to our Facebook photo library and right click on each image to upload them one by one.
Another way to do this is to make a full backup of your Facebook data and then upload the photos back to your favorite weather cloud services if it’s Dropbox or Google Drive. And then repeat this process periodically, for example, about once a month.
The above method sounds good for one time, but doing it periodically will not only be very tedious but also waste a lot of traffic, because every time you download a copy of your Facebook data, it will download everything from the beginning that you have already downloaded.
Well, don’t worry, there is a simple workaround we are trying here (obviously my favorite line these days) where we only need to download the Facebook backup data once, and later the whole image will be automatically uploaded to your cloud services as soon as you post it to Facebook.
How do I automatically save photos from Facebook to my cloud account?
Here we will take advantage of an amazing web service called IFTTT (if this then then)
So here’s a little trick that will allow you to upload images from Fb and Instagram directly to your Dropbox account. IFTTT allows users to connect their various online accounts like Facebook, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc., and use them with a simple, if so, then this application.
If you open up the website, it can seem a little overwhelming to the first user. But trust me, it’s very easy to use. IFTTT has what they called a recipe that allows the user to complete their tasks. You can now create your own recipe or use a popular recipe shared by another user. To download our images from Facebook, you will need to download these two types of images.
- Upload all Facebook images you’ve shared to your Dropbox.
- Upload all Facebook images you’ve been tagged to to your Dropbox.
You can use an existing recipe for this, or you can prepare your own recipe. I’ll show you both ways to do it. In the first example, we will use an existing recipe to load tag images from Facebook, and in the second example, I will show you how to get your recipe to load images that you upload to FB.
Steps to backup your Facebook photos (tag by others)
Step 1 Go to IFTTT and create an account by verifying your email address. [link]
Step 2 Now enter Facebook in the search box and you will see a list of all Facebook recipes. (see screenshot below)
In this post, I will be using IFTTT to upload images that I have been tagged in in my Dropbox account.
Step 3 Now click the “Activate” button. And authorized my Dropbox account.
Step 4 After successful authorization, you will be redirected to a page where you can use the recipe. Click on the recipe to use and you’re done.
How to create your recipe on IFTTT
From now on, every time your friend tagged you in a photo on Facebook, it was automatically uploaded to your Dropbox account. Similarly, you can use IFTTT to upload your photos from Instagram or upload to Facebook. However, these cloud services have limited storage, so if you want to stop this service, you can do so by logging into your IFTTT and stopping this recipe by going into its settings.
Now let’s see how to create a recipe that uploads your Facebook image to your Dropbox account.
Step 1: Log into IFTTT and click on the Create My Recipe link.
Step 2: Next, you will select a trigger. A trigger is what starts (or, in other words, starts) tasks. Click on this link and you will see no. of the displayed options, select Facebook.
Step 2 Now the next page selects a specific trigger as posting new photos to Facebook.
The rest is easy, just follow the instructions in the screenshot below.
I hope I did my job explaining this to you, but if you have any doubts at any stage, let me know using the comment below. This is a beginner’s guide to IFTTT, but you can do a lot more than just upload Facebook images to your Dropbox account. I highly recommend the popular checkout recipe; they’re pretty cool too.