Share photos & videos

You can share photos, videos, albums, and movies with any of your contacts, even if they don't use the Google Photos app.

Share photos & videos in a conversation

You can share directly to anyone with a Google Account if they're in your contacts or by searching their email address or phone number. If your contact’s phone number isn’t associated with their Google Account, you can help them find and connect with you

  1. On your computer, open photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Place your cursor over a photo or video, and click Select Done
  4. Click Share Share.
  5. Under "Send in Google Photos," select people to share with. 
    • To share with one person, click their name.
    • To find someone specific, click Search . Enter their name, phone number, or email address.
    • To share with a group, click New group, and select multiple people.
  6. Optional: Write a message to go with your shared media.
  7. Click Send.  

Tip: There is a 20,000 photo limit on conversations. 

You can also automatically share your entire library with someone.

Create a shared album

  1. On your computer, open photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. On the left, click Photos.
  4. Place your cursor over a photo or video, and click Select Done
  5. At the top, click Add to or create new Add
  6. Click Shared album and then New shared album.
  7. Enter an album title. 
  8. At the top right, click Share
  9. Select who to share the album with and then click Send .

Important:

  • You can share directly to anyone with a Google Account if they're in your contacts or by search using their email address or phone number. When you share a link to your album, anyone with the link can view and add to the album or photos. Learn how shared album controls give your photos more privacy.
  • If you share an album that automatically adds photos of face groups, anyone with access to the album can view photos as they're added.

Send a link or share through other apps

  1. On your computer, open photos.google.com.
  2. Place your cursor over a photo or video, and click Select Done. You can also select other items, or open an album or movie. 
    • To send a link, click Share Shareand thenAt the bottom left, click Create link.
    • To share through other apps, click Share Share. At the bottom choose the app you want to use.

Anyone that has the shared link will be able to see the album. Learn how to change your sharing options.

What happens when you share

When you send to a contact in Google Photos:

  • Contacts you shared with get an in-app notification and a push notification from the app. The shared item(s) appear in their Sharing page.
  • When you share a new album or conversation with them, they’ll also receive an email notification.
  • Their account profile photo or initial is added to the album or conversation and will appear faded until they view the album or conversation.
  • When they view the album or conversation, their account profile photo or initial will appear in the activity view next to the latest photos, comments, or likes they have viewed.
  • If they join a shared album, like, comment, or add photos to a shared album or conversation, then their profile image changes to their account profile photo or initial.
  • When you add photos or videos to albums or conversations, your account profile photo or initial will appear next to the latest photos you added.
  • If you share a video captured fully or partially in slow motion, viewers can watch any part of the video at a slower speed in their own player.

What happens when someone shares with you

If your contact can’t share their media, you can help them find and connect with you.

  • When someone shares an album or conversation with you, you will receive an email. 
  • If you already use Google Photos, you will also receive an in-app notification and a push notification and the share will appear in your Sharing page.
  • When you view the album or conversation, your account profile photo or initial in the album will light up and  appear next to the latest photos, comments, or likes you have viewed. 
  • If you join a shared album or like, comment, or add photos in a shared album or conversation, your account profile photo or initial will appear next to the action you took. 
  • If you think someone is spamming you, you can block or report them. 

Learn how to leave albums and conversations.

Manage your albums & conversations  

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. At the top, click Sharing sharing text bubble.
  3. You can find your shared albums, conversations, and sharing activity, like comments and recently added photos. New sharing activity will be in boldIf you don’t find what you’re looking for, scroll to the bottom and click Show more

Leave an album or conversation

When you leave a shared album or conversation, all of the photos, videos, comments, and likes you have added will be removed.  

To leave an album: 

  1. Click the album. 
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Leave album.

To leave a conversation:

  1. Click the conversation. 
  2. In the conversation, click your account icon or initial. 
  3. Next to your name, click Leave.

Remove someone from an album

You must be the owner of the album to remove someone.

  1. Open the album you want to remove someone from.
  2. Click More More and then Options.
  3. Scroll to find the contact you’d like to remove.
  4. Click More More and then Remove person.

Remove items from shared albums & conversations

You can remove photos, videos, comments, and likes you have added to conversations and shared albums.  

To remove photos and videos: 

  1. In a shared album or conversation thread, click on the photo or video. 
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Remove.

To remove comments and likes: 

  1. In a shared album or conversation thread, click on the comment or like. 
  2. Click Delete.
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