Turn Google Photos on or off for users
If you're an administrator of Google accounts for an organization, you can control who uses Google Photos (or Picasa Web Albums) from their account. Just turn Google Photos on or off for those people in your Admin console. People who have Photos turned on can use it to upload and share pictures from their account.
Note: When an account is suspended, the photos that account has shared in 'shared albums' disappear.
To control who uses Google Photos (Picasa Web Albums)
Before you begin: To turn the service on or off for certain users: Put their accounts in an organizational unit (to control access by department) or put them in an access group (to control access for users across or within departments).
From the Admin console Home page, go to AppsAdditional Google ServicesGoogle Photos.
Click Service status.
To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.
To turn on or off a service only for users in an organizational unit:
- At the left, select the organizational unit.
- Select On or Off.
- To keep the service turned on or off even when the service is turned on or off for the parent organizational unit, click Override.
- If the organization's status is already Overridden, choose an option:
- Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
- Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).
Learn more about organizational structure.
To turn on a service for a set of users across or within organizational units, select an access group. For details, go to turn on a service for a group.
Learn to use Photos at the Google Photos Help Center.
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