Google Photos & your child's Google Account

When your child has a Google Account, they can use the Google Photos app to save and share their photos.

How Google Photos works

For the most part, Google Photos will be the same for children as it is for adults. There are only a few things that are different for children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country):

  • Parents can turn off sharing from within Google Photos.
  • Face-grouping is turned off, so children can't search for specific people in their photo library.

Turn photo sharing on or off

If you didn’t add supervision to your child’s previously existing Google Account, you can still manage your child’s sharing in Google Photos. When you turn off photo sharing, your child won't be able to use the share button in Google Photos. However, your child will still be able to share photos in other apps, like Gmail or Google Hangouts.

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Settings" card, tap Manage Settings and then More.
  4. Turn "Google Photos sharing" on or off.

Important: You can also manage this setting by clicking on your child's name at

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