How to Solve "Export Failed" Error During Google Takeout of Location History?


Location History Google Takeout Export Failed


You received an "Export failed" message with a very cryptic "Something went wrong and your Google data wasn't exported". Also, the link to "Find out more about Google Takeout" doesn't seem to yield anything useful. A quick search on the internet only leads to not-so-helpful posts like Location History Takeout always fails.


Through sheer luck of trial and error, I've managed to find a solution to this problem. The key is to select .tgz as the file type during export and it will work. I'm using Windows 11 and I have no problem exporting this archive format. 

Select file type as .tgz for successful export.

What does a successful export look like?

The UI of a successful Google Takeout export.


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