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Facebook Moments to close soon, here’s how to save your photos

Facebook Moments, the social media giant’s standalone mobile app that’s designed to let users share photos and videos privately with their friends.

Facebook Moments launched in 2015, billing itself as a way for users to manage pictures of themselves or their friends by uploading them into the app. Unlike Facebook, this images were not publicly available, but could be easily shared with friends courtesy of Facebook’s ability to discern between your friends with facial recognition and access to your network of acquaintances.

Unfortunately, as the images didn’t link up to Facebook properly, and few people bought in to the app’s concept, it wasn’t immediately apparent what the benefit to uploading photos to moments over a service like Google Photos or even Facebook’s main app actually was. This led to a cycle where users dropped away, meaning development was less of a priority and stagnated, which led to more users leaving the service.

Claiming that not enough people are using  the app, Moments is getting tossed on the appheap on February 25th Instead, we’ll see an enhanced focus on other ways within Facebook for users to share their content, including a continued focus on Facebook Stories, which seems to have attracted more buzz and widespread use amongst Facebook’s users.

Relax. While Facebook Moments is vanishing in February, you’ll have until May to pull out your photos and videos before they’re lost forever.

You’ve got a couple of different options for saving your photos from Moments, but both will require you to use the web version of Moments. You can choose to dump all of your Moments content as private Facebook albums, which is the simplest option, and will quickly dump everything into private Facebook albums and give users links to find them.

If you want to download your content from the service, it’s a little more involved. You’ll need to put in your Facebook password at the prompt, and then you’ll be shown the files on offer and their file size. Select what quality you want the images in and you’ll get an email from Moments when the items are ready to be downloaded, along with a Facebook notification. Both will contain a link to pull down all of the information.

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