Facebook Moments shuts down, Save your pictures!

Have you ever heard of Facebook Moments?
Well for those who don’t, Facebook Moments was a standalone mobile app; designed and launched by the company way back in 2015. It was capable to manage your images along with your friends and family by uploading them based on different albums on the app.

But the bad news is, this app is now being shut down by Facebook, probably due to poor development of the app. Here is more about this news.

What was Facebook Moments?

With this interesting app, the company’s facial recognition software could easily identify and let you share images with friends.

This could be easily compared to what Google Photos does. It lets you share pictures that are stored on your phone with your Facebook friends without actually uploading the photos to the social network itself. The concept was for people to be able to easily swap group photos or vacation pictures more easily.

But on the 24th of January, 2019, Facebook had officially announced in an interview to cnet about this shutdown the company has decided to shutdown this app due to low output of downloads. Basically, from the next month this app will be officially taken down.


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The Shutdown of Facebook Moments –

Facebook tried to hook more users with this app, but the app didn’t actually link those photos up to Facebook properly, leaving it in a sort of no man’s land.

Facebook employed user data for things like figuring out who your friends are or when their birthdays are; but Moments photos themselves were stuck in a weird bubble; ultimately, it ended up being easier to just share photos to Facebook or use another service like Google Photos that was actively being developed.

Rushabh Doshi, the director of product management for Moments said the following in the interview –

We’re ending support for the Moments app, which we originally launched as a place for people to save their photos. We know the photos people share are important to them so we will continue offering ways to save memories within the Facebook app.”

Facebook said it’s shutting down the app because not many people are using it; though the company declined to share user numbers. But Sensor Tower, a mobile analytics firm, said the app has been installed by 87 million users on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store since the service was first launched. At its peak, the app was downloaded 10.7 million times in June 2016. That declined to about 150,000 downloads last month, Sensor Tower said.

Ways to Save the photos from Moments –

Facebook said it wants to let people retrieve their photos from the app before it’s killed. Moments users should see a message warning them of the imminent end of the app. Below the message is an option to export photos and videos.

Users will have until May to download or transfer their pictures before they’re gone for good.
Here’s how to do that:

1) Create a private album, on your Facebook account.

Users can start their export from any device. If the user creates private Facebook albums, they’ll see a link next to each moment below that’s ready to view as an album on Facebook.

2) Download everything to your device.

Users would have to enter their Facebook password when prompted. The files will be shown along with the file size and users will be able to select the quality — high, medium or low. The Moments app will email a link and notify the user on Facebook when it’s ready to be downloaded.

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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