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). For example:

  • Parents can turn off sharing from within Google Photos.
    • Important: This setting is not available for users who have added supervision to their account.
  • 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 created a Google Account for a child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country), you can manage your child's sharing in Google Photos with Family Link. 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.

Tip: You can also manage your child's account by clicking on your child's name at

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