Google Takeout

Google Takeout (Google Takeaway in some languages, on the site itself called "Download your data"[1]) is a project by the Google Data Liberation Front[2] that allows users of Google products, such as YouTube and Gmail, to export their data to a downloadable archive file.

Google Takeout
The bottom of Google Takeout interface.
The bottom of Google Takeout interface.
Initial release2011


Users can select different services from the list of options provided. As of 24 March 2016, the services that can be exported are as follows:

The user can select to export all of the available services or choose services from the above list. Takeout will then process the request and put all the files into a zip file. Takeout then optionally sends an email notification that the export is completed, at which point the user can download the archive from the downloads section of the website. The zip file contains a separate folder for each service that was selected for export. For Google+ Pages data, it will only allow you to export data from pages that you have created, not pages that you manage.


Google Takeout was created by the Google Data Liberation Front on June 28, 2011[2] to allow users to export their data from most of Google's services. Since its creation, Google has added several more services to Takeout due to popular demand from users.[3][4][5]

Takeout started with exports of only Google Buzz, Google Contacts, Google Profile, Google Streams, and Picasa Albums.[2] The next month, on July 15, 2011, Google added the export of Google +1's to the list after it was frequently requested by Takeout's users.[6] Later in 2011 on September 6, Google added Google Voice to their export service.[7] A big milestone was the addition of YouTube video exports to Takeout next year on September 26, 2012.[8] Google took another big step with the addition of Blogger posts and Google+ pages on February 17, 2013.[9]

On December 5, 2013, Google Takeout was further expanded to include Gmail and Google Calendar data.[10]


Earlier criticisms were raised that Google Takeout did not allow users to export from some core Google services, most notably Google Search history and Google Wallet details.[11] Google has since expanded the service to include search history and Wallet details (September 2016). Google has also added Google Hangouts to the Takeout service. Google also does not delete user data automatically after exporting, they provide a separate service to perform deletion.[12]


  1. ^ "Introducing Data Transfer Project: an open source platform promoting universal data portability". Google Open Source Blog. Retrieved 2018-08-07. we now call it Download Your Data
  2. ^ a b c "The Data Liberation Front Delivers Google Takeout". Google. June 28, 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Now offering Docs for Takeout". Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  4. ^ "Two new services added to Takeout". Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  5. ^ "A perfect match: Blogger and Google+ Pages for Takeout". Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  6. ^ Crum, Chris (July 15, 2011). "Google Adds +1s to Google Takeout". Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  7. ^ "New on the Menu: Google Voice for Google Takeout". Google. September 6, 2011.
  8. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (26 September 2012). "Google Adds YouTube Support To Google Takeout, Now Lets You Download Your Original Video Files". Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  9. ^ Fingas, Jon (February 17, 2013). "Google Takeout now liberating Blogger and Google+ Pages". Engadget. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  10. ^ Piepmeier, Nick. "Download a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data". Official Gmail Blog. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  11. ^ Null, Christopher (May 21, 2012). "'Liberating' Your Data from Google, and What That Really Means". PCWorld. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  12. ^ "Download your data - Google Account Help". Retrieved 2018-08-07. Downloading your data does not delete it from Google’s servers. Learn how to delete your account or how to delete your searches and browsing activity.
Data Transfer Project

The Data Transfer Project (DTP) is an open-source initiative which features data portability between multiple online platforms. The project was launched and introduced by Google in July 20, 2018, and has currently partnered with Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter.


Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies, alongside Amazon, Apple and Facebook.Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares and control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering (IPO) took place on August 19, 2004, and Google moved to its headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex. In August 2015, Google announced plans to reorganize its various interests as a conglomerate called Alphabet Inc. Google is Alphabet's leading subsidiary and will continue to be the umbrella company for Alphabet's Internet interests. Sundar Pichai was appointed CEO of Google, replacing Larry Page who became the CEO of Alphabet.

The company's rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond Google's core search engine (Google Search). It offers services designed for work and productivity (Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides), email (Gmail/Inbox), scheduling and time management (Google Calendar), cloud storage (Google Drive), social networking (Google+), instant messaging and video chat (Google Allo, Duo, Hangouts), language translation (Google Translate), mapping and navigation (Google Maps, Waze, Google Earth, Street View), video sharing (YouTube), note-taking (Google Keep), and photo organizing and editing (Google Photos). The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, the Google Chrome web browser, and Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome browser. Google has moved increasingly into hardware; from 2010 to 2015, it partnered with major electronics manufacturers in the production of its Nexus devices, and it released multiple hardware products in October 2016, including the Google Pixel smartphone, Google Home smart speaker, Google Wifi mesh wireless router, and Google Daydream virtual reality headset. Google has also experimented with becoming an Internet carrier (Google Fiber, Project Fi, and Google Station) is the most visited website in the world. Several other Google services also figure in the top 100 most visited websites, including YouTube and Blogger. Google is the most valuable brand in the world as of 2017, but has received significant criticism involving issues such as privacy concerns, tax avoidance, antitrust, censorship, and search neutrality. Google's mission statement is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", and its unofficial slogan was "Don't be evil" until the phrase was removed from the company's code of conduct around May 2018.

Google Buzz

Google Buzz was a social networking, microblogging and messaging tool that was developed by Google and integrated into their web-based email program, Gmail. Users could share links, photos, videos, status messages and comments organized in "conversations" and visible in the user's inbox.On October 14, 2011, Google announced that it would discontinue the service and that the existing content would be available in read-only mode. Buzz was discontinued on December 15, 2011 and superseded by Google+.Buzz enabled users to choose to share publicly with the world or privately to a group of friends each time they posted. Picasa, Flickr, Google Latitude, Google Reader, Google Sidewiki, YouTube, Blogger, FriendFeed, and Twitter were integrated. The creation of Buzz was seen by industry analysts as an attempt by Google to compete with social networking websites like Facebook and microblogging services like Twitter. Buzz also included several user interface elements from other Google products (e.g., Google Reader), such as the ability to "like" a post.

Google executive Sergey Brin said that by offering social communications, Buzz would help bridge the gap between work and leisure, but the service was strongly criticized when it was introduced for insufficient attention to users' privacy.

Google Data Liberation Front

The Google Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose "goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products." The team, which consults with other engineering teams within Google on how to "liberate" Google products, currently supports 27 products. The purpose of the Data Liberation Front is to ensure that data can be migrated from Google once an individual or company stops using their services.

Google Reader

Google Reader was an RSS/Atom feed aggregator operated by Google. It was created in early 2005 by Google engineer Chris Wetherell and launched on October 7, 2005, through Google Labs. Google Reader grew in popularity to support a number of programs which used it as a platform for serving news and information to people. Google closed Google Reader on July 1, 2013, citing declining use.

Google Talk

Google Talk (also known as Google Chat) (now Google Hangouts) was an instant messaging service that provided both text and voice communication. The instant messaging service is colloquially known as "Gchat", "Gtalk", or "Gmessage" to its users.Google Talk was also the name of the client applications previously offered by Google to use the service. Google Talk applications were available for Microsoft Windows, Android, BlackBerry, and Chrome OS operating systems. A Google Talk mobile web app had also been previously available. In February 2015, the Windows client was discontinued and ceased to work, with Google recommending users to use Google Hangouts instead. Users of Windows client were instructed to migrate to the Google Hangouts app on the Chrome browser platform. It remained possible to connect to Google Talk with compatible third-party apps such as Pidgin and Gajim.Google dropped support for XMPP federation in May 2014, meaning that it no longer supports communicating with other XMPP servers. However, users can still chat with other non-Google Talk users using third-party XMPP clients such as Adium.


Orkut was a social networking website owned and operated by Google. The service was designed to help users meet new and old friends and maintain existing relationships. The website was named after its creator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten.Orkut was one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil in 2008. In 2008 Google announced that Orkut would be fully managed and operated in Brazil, by Google Brazil, in the city of Belo Horizonte. This was decided due to the large Brazilian user base and growth of legal issues.On June 30, 2014, Google announced it would be closing Orkut on September 30, 2014. No new accounts could be created starting from July 2014. Users could download their profile archive by Google Takeout.

Take Out (disambiguation)

Take Out is food purchased at a restaurant that the purchaser intends to eat elsewhere.

Take Out or Takeout may also refer to:

Take Out (2004 film), independent film co-written and directed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou

Take Out (2007 film), short film thriller produced by Bill Hall

Google Takeout, a project by the Google Data Liberation Front

Takeouts (juggling), a juggling pattern

The Takeout, a news podcast hosted by Major Garrett

The Takeout, a food website of Gizmodo Media Group

Timeline of digital preservation

This page is a timeline of digital preservation and Web archiving. It covers various aspects of saving and preserving digital data, whether they are born-digital or not.


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