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If you clicked this because you are nervous your YouTube channel may be negatively impacted in 2020 I feel for you, and can relate (and that’s why I’m sorry you’re here)!
If you clicked this link just because you like new topics: WELCOME! Glad to have you! No matter who you are, backing up personal data is important. This article focuses on backing up YouTube files using Google Takeout.
I recently watched Laura Hoyda’s video COPPA & THE DEATH OF MOTHERHOOD VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE 😥8 Recommendations for Creators
I can relate so much to this mom vlogger (though her subscriber count is ten times bigger than ours). I had left a comment on her channel that I’ve started backing up my data and today she replied that she needed to do that too; I made a quick recommendation for the method I used.
Since posting my comment, I figured it may be helpful to share the info here, to hopefully help other creators and family vloggers as tensions rise in the YouTube community.
Why Should I Back Up My YouTube Channel?
No matter what happens in the future, you can take steps now to preserve YouTube memories in the event your family channels are suspended, shut down, or if you are thinking about moving away from the platform after the COPPApocolypse of 2019 regarding the YouTube’s $170 million penalty brought by the FTC.
If you have videos that are being demonetized or flagged by YouTube, or if you have ever had a copyright strike, you may know the sense of anxiety or confusion as you navigate or dispute claims.
Backing up your channel means you don’t have to rely on YouTube to access your memories that you may have posted and deleted from your personal devices, thinking it was safe “in the cloud” of YouTube, since it was on the internet.
This is a false sense of security. YouTube is a business, and they can suspend or shut down your account for any reason, at any time. Making sure you have copies of your data elsewhere means you will continue to have access.
Where Should I Back Up My YouTube Channel?
Google Takeout is the method I used to send a full-resolution copy of all of my data to myself, which I then uploaded to the cloud (Google Drive) in 5GB packets. If you plan on saving an entire data set, be aware of how much available space you need in Google Drive, as this is a beefy transfer!
After clicking on the downloaded file, File Explorer should launch (if it doesn’t search for “TAKEOUT” on your PC).
I clicked on my Google Drive and created a new file called YOUTUBE BACKUPS, which I pinned to my QuickStart menu (you can drag it and drop it or right click and select PIN).
Next, I dragged and dropped my first 2GB TAKEOUT file into the YOUTUBE BACKUPS folder. It took a bit of time to transfer the data, but it works. Here it is working on my “TAGS_CHALLENGES_COLLABORATIONS YouTube playlist which was apparently part of the first packet (who knew?):
If you fear a Google account lockout, simply transferring your data to the cloud isn’t going to solve a lockout issue. Google owns YouTube, and your accounts are connected.
If you just want to have extra copies of your data, or if you need a temporary solution while waiting for a hard drive or other fix, this could be a good workaround for the short term. I am waiting to purchase a designated hard drive and my personal devices are jam packed with beefy video and audio editing softwares and gaming apps…so I have all the excuses in the world. STILL, I started the TAKEOUT process to at least get some files backed up, and today I saved the first 5% of my channel’s info. If the interweb breaks tomorrow, I’m still hosed…But if YouTube simply shuts down my account, I’ve saved a taste of my own personal data from their server.
For the second TAKEOUT packet, I unzipped the file by double clicking to open, and selected only the Videos file (I don’t care for all the JSON files. This expedited the process as well as saved disc / server space:
Backing up data to an external hard drive like this one is another option:
This can be spendy, as a decent drive can be upwards of fifty to two hundred dollars or more depending on your needs.
Backing up to a personal computer can also be an option, but you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons depending on your needs.
HOWTOGEEK has posted an article that may help you decide (here’s a snippet regarding external hard drives:)
Back Up to an External Drive: If you have an external USB hard drive, you can just back up to that drive using your computer’s built-in backup features. On Windows 10 and 8, use File History. On Windows 7, use Windows Backup. On Macs, use Time Machine. Occasionally connect the drive to the computer and use the backup tool, or leave it plugged in whenever your home and it’ll back up automatically. Pros: Backing up is cheap and fast. Cons: If your house gets robbed or catches on fire, your backup can be lost along with your computer, which is very bad.
Google Drive Work Around
If uploading and downloading things all over the place sounds stressful or is something you know you won’t keep up on regularly, it could be a good idea to use a solution that will let you email videos to your mobile upload address, which essentially uploads to YouTube via your email, meaning you always have a copy in your outbox.
This takes longer and can also restrict your video length when posting from mobile devices, and isn’t an option I personally use (and don’t know a whole lot about). It’s still an option, so I’ve included it here as food for thought.
Best wishes with your Family Vlog channels next year – I hope this has inspired you to back up your data this week! Even a single GOOGLE TAKEOUT folder!
We will all rest easier in 2020 knowing we’ve taken steps to protect important data that is all to easy to forget about once it’s out of our hands.
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**NEW COPPA INFORMATION posted as of Nov. 23 clarifying the language and penalties for creators, including “competent and reliable empirical evidence about the age of the audience” and that “while may animated shows are directed to kids, the FTC recognizes there may be animated programing that appeals to everyone” in guidelines section, which was not released in the YouTube announcement earlier this month.
9/10/19 Google Takeout Update:
UPDATE: Last year we announced an update to how videos are downloaded from Google Takeout. Starting on October 10th, the minimum time period to keep the original upload will shorten to 30 days. This means that within 30 days of upload, you will get the original version of your video when you download through Google Takeout; after 30 days, you may receive a high quality compressed version (MP4 file with H264 video and AAC audio).
Note: the original video replacement will not impact video streaming quality, everyone will have the same great streaming experience!