After two massive password breaches, the precise future of Yahoo is uncertain from a couple of different angles. Reports indicate that its buyer, Verizon, may have second thoughts or be trying to renegotiate the multi-billion-dollar purchase price. But even if all goes ahead as planned—at whatever final price—Yahoo’s current set of businesses are unlikely to survive as they stand.
The most vulnerable and best loved, besides Tumblr, is the long-running Flickr photo-hosting and sharing service. Once a glimmer of a social network before such a term had been coined, many users have left for Google Photos, Apple’s Photos apps combined with iCloud, Amazon Cloud Drive, and others. Flickr didn’t keep up with other photo services and never quite got the full-on social religion, even though it received a refresh a few years ago which came with 1TB of free storage per user.
Given that Flickr could morph into something else or shut down, if you have photos that remain there, you probably want to plan to download them and import them into other systems or local storage before you have a ticking deadline clock. In this article, I explain Flickr’s download tool and limitations and what you can expect when importing photos and videos into Google Photos and Photos for macOS.