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Visit the Google Takeout website and sign in with your Google account to get started. By default, this tool exports your data from all Google services. Click “Deselect All” to extract only an archive from your cloud drive.
Scroll down until you get to “Drive” and check the box next to it.
There are a few more options that you may find useful. You can choose which folders you want to back up with the option ‘All Drive data included’.
The “Multiple Formats” button lets you choose which format the files will be archived in, and “Advanced Settings” lets you ask Google to include a lot of additional information as well.
When you are done, click the “Next Step” button at the bottom of the page.
On the next screen, you can adjust the export using Google. You have the option to choose whether you want Google to email you the archive or upload it directly to another cloud storage provider, configure automatic export, and define the file type and size of the archive.
Click on “Create Export” to proceed to confirm the export.
Google will now start backing up the folders you selected. This can take hours or even days, depending on the data. If you change your mind or want to edit the export, you can cancel it using the “Cancel export” option.
When this process is complete, you should receive an email titled ‘Your Google data is ready to download’. In that message, click the “Download your files” button. Log in again with your Google credentials for verification.
You will be redirected to the “Manage Your Export” page, where the download of your archive begins. If it doesn’t happen automatically, you can grab it manually using the “Download” button next to the Drive export entry in the list.
In the downloaded archive, “archive_browser.html” allows you to browse the contents of a custom web app, and from the “Drive” folder, you can view and access these files individually.
In addition to Google Drive, you can also export data from other Google services such as Gmail and Keep.