Create and edit photo albums

You can create, edit, and add things like maps and text in your photo albums. 

You can add up to 10,000 photos or videos to a private album.

  • In a shared album, each person can add up to 10,000 photos or videos until the album reaches 20,000 items.

  • Some features may not be available when you have a large album.

Create a new album

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Touch and hold a photo, and then select the photos you want in your new album. 
  4. At the top, tap Add Add.
  5. Select Album
  6. Optional: Add a title to your new album. 
  7. Tap Done Done

Create a live album 

You can set up an album to automatically add photos of your friends and family.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. At the bottom, tap Albums  and then New album .
  4. Tap Automatically add photos of people
  5. On any face group, tap Select Select.
  6. At the top right, tap Turn on

Learn how to automatically add photos to an existing album

Change how your album looks

Change your cover photo

Change the photo that's shown on the front of your album.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Open the album.
  4. Open the photo you want to use.
  5. At the top right, tap More More and then  Use as album cover.

Change the title of an album

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Open the album.
  4. Tap the title, then type a new title.
  5. Tap Done Done

Change items in your album

Move items around

You can re-order photos, videos, text, and locations by dragging them.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Open the album.
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Edit album.
  5. Drag items to move them.
  6. Tap Done Done
Add, upload, or remove photos and videos

Add photos

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Open the album.
  4. At the top right, tap Add to album Add to album.
  5. Select the items you want to add.
  6. At the top right, tap Done.

Add photos automatically

If you choose multiple people, any photo containing either person will be automatically added.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Open an album. 
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Options and then Add .
  5. Select the face groups you want automatically added. 
  6. At the top right, tap Turn on

You'll get notified anytime a photo is added to the album. To stop getting notifications, turn off Notify me

Stop adding photos automatically

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Open an album. 
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Options
  5. Under "Automatically add photos," tap the person's face and then Stop

If you remove someone, new photos of them won’t be added. Any existing photos will stay in the album.

Note: Face-grouping technology isn’t perfect. Photos that don’t have any of the selected people may occasionally be added.

Remove photos

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Open the album.
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Edit album.
  5. On items you want to remove, tap Remove Remove. Photos and videos you remove from albums will still be in your Google Photos library unless you delete them from the main “Photos” section.
  6. Tap Done Done

Add maps and locations

Add locations

You can add locations and maps to albums you create. If you share the album, these will be included.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Open the album.
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Edit album.
  5. Tap Location add location.
  6. Decide if you want:
    • Location: The name of one location.
    • Map: A map showing where you traveled.
    • All suggested locations: Locations and maps suggested by Google Photos.
  7. Tap Done Done.
  8. To move a location within the album, tap More More and then Edit album and then drag it to the photo it belongs and then tap Done Done

Remove locations

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Open the album.
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Edit album.
  5. On items you want to remove, tap Remove Remove.
  6. Tap Done Done

Add or change text

Add text

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Open the album.
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Edit album.
  5. Tap Text Text.
  6. Add text and tap Done Done.
  7. To move a text box, tap More More and then Edit album and then drag the box to another place and then tap Done Done

Change or delete text

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Open the album.
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Edit album.
    • Edit text: Tap the text, then change it.
    • Delete text: Tap Remove  Remove.
  5. Tap Done Done

Delete an album

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Open the album.
  4. At the top right, tap More More and then Delete album. Photos and videos in the album will still be in your Google Photos library unless you delete them from the main “Photos” section.

What you can do if you didn't create the album

  • Only the person who created the album will be able to make these changes to it.
  • If you're a collaborator on an album but didn't create it, you can only add photos and videos.
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