Transfer Facebook Content to Backblaze B2
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    Transfer Facebook Content to Backblaze B2

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    Article summary

    Many of us trust Facebook to store many photos and videos, but there is always a case for having a secondary copy of that data. You can back up your Facebook photo and video library to Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage.

    Enable Backblaze B2

    Before you begin: You must have a Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage account. If you already have a Backblaze account and the left navigation menu contains a B2 Cloud Storage section, your account is already enabled for Backblaze B2.

    1. Sign in to the Backblaze web console.
    2. In the user menu in the upper-right corner of the page, select My Settings.
    3. Under Enabled Products, select the checkbox to enable B2 Cloud Storage.
    4. Review the Terms and Conditions, and click OK to accept them. 

    Create an Application Key

    Set Allow access to Buckets to All or the transfer fails. Facebook automatically creates a Backblaze B2 bucket in your account.

    Application keys control access to your Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage account and the buckets that are contained in your account.

    1. Sign in to the Backblaze web console.
    2. In the left navigation menu under B2 Cloud Storage, click Application Keys.
    3. Click Add a New Application Key, and enter an app key name.
      You cannot search an app key by this name; therefore, app key names are not required to be globally unique.
    4. Select All or a specific bucket in the Allow Access to Bucket(s) dropdown menu.
    5. Optionally, select your access type (Read and Write, Read Only, or Write Only).
    6. Optionally, select the Allow List All Bucket Names checkbox (required for the B2 Native API b2_list_buckets and the S3-Compatible API S3 List Buckets operations).
    7. Optionally, enter a file name prefix to restrict application key access only to files with that prefix. Depending on what you selected in step #4, this limits application key access to files with the specified prefix for all buckets or just the selected bucket.
    8. Optionally, enter a positive integer to limit the time, in seconds, before the application key expires. The value must be less than 1000 days (in seconds).
    9. Click Create New Key, and note the resulting keyID and applicationKey values.
    When you create a new app key, the response contains the actual key string, for example N2Zug0evLcHDlh_L0Z0AJhiGGdY. You can always find the keyID on this page, but for security, the applicationKey appears only once. Make sure you copy and securely save this value elsewhere.

    Set Up a Facebook Transfer

    1. Sign in to Facebook.
    2. Select Settings & Privacy (click here for specific instructions for your device), and select Settings.
    3. Transfer a copy of your information (click here for specific instructions for your device).
    4. Depending on your platform, you may have to click Choose destination or you may have to select Backblaze B2 from a drop-down menu.
    5. Select options for your transfer, for example, all photos, specific photo albums, or all of your videos.
    6. Enter your Backblaze B2 application key and key ID. 
    7. Follow the prompts in your Facebook app.

    View your Facebook Transfer

    1. Sign in to your Backblaze account.
    2. In the left navigation menu under B2 Cloud Storage, click Browse Files.
    3. Select the bucket that is related to your Facebook transfer (the typical name format is facebook-data-transfer-XXXXXXXX).
      Depending on your specific file transfer, a folder called Photo Transfer or Video Transfer (or both) is displayed.
    4. Select the folder to view the media that is now backed up in your Backblaze B2 account.

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