How To: Download Your Flickr Photos

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Flickr, one of the most popular free photo storage services. The service was purchased by SmugMug Professional Photo Hosting Service. If you regularly use Flickr to upload photos and create albums, you may need to upload photos directly from Flickr to save or share them elsewhere. It can get a little tricky if you’ve never done it before.

Download Individual Photos or Albums

You can choose between a single photo or an entire album of your photo stream.

  • Log in to your Flickr account[1] Start the Flickr website in your web browser and log in with your username and password.
  • Select the photos you want to upload.
  • Click on “Camera roll” to see all your photos. When you click on a photo, it will be added to the “stack” of photos you want to upload and displayed at the bottom of the screen. To add an entire stack of photos to the download stack, click on “Select All” next to the date the photos were added. If you use Flickr albums to save your photo and want to upload an entire album, click Albums, then select an album to upload.
  • Click on “Download” at the bottom of the screen. Now upload the photos you added to the download stack.
  • Depending on the number of photos you have selected, a different context message will appear.

When you have selected an image, the message “1 Upload photo” appears. Click on the message box to select where you want to save it on your computer. The download starts.

If you have selected several photos (or an entire album), the message “Download Zip” appears. Click on the message to create a single Zip file, then select a folder to save your Zip file. Once the download is complete, locate the zip file.

Windows users, double-click on the Zip file, then click Extract to extract the images.

Mac users can double-click on the zip file to extract the images to the current folder.

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Downloading Photos by Using Flickr Photos Download Extension

  1. Add the Flickr Photos Download extension to your Google Chrome.
  2. Now log into your Flickr account and search for a photo (restricted photo) of a person who does not have a download option.
  3. Open the photo, then click on the expansion button at the top right and it offers download options of all sizes, just like Flickr.
  4. Click on a download button of any size, specify the location where you want to save it, and then click on the Save button.
  5. Your photo will upload without any problem.

Download Photos that are Disabled

  • Browse through the Flickr photos you want to upload.
  • Select the photo and click on it to open it in the Flickr frame.
  • Click on “Show all sizes” in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • You will now see all available photo formats and a message saying “The owner has disabled the download of his photos”.
  • Select the largest size of the photo you want to upload.
  • You will receive the uploaded photo in its original size.
  • Right-click on the photo and select the “Save As” option.
  • The Flickr photo is now saved to your device.

Download All Content or Your Flickr Data

If you want to upload more than just the photos, you must request your Flickr data. It contains all the metadata and comments associated with your photos.

  1. Click on the Buddy icon in the upper right corner > select Settings.
  2. Under “Your Flickr data”, click on the blue button “Request my Flickr data”.
  3. Once files are created, you will receive notifications about your Flickr mail and your personal Flickr contact email with a link to download your files. You will also find links to files in your account settings under “Your Flickr data”.

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