Share photos & videos

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

In a shared album, each person can add photos and videos until the album reaches 20,000 total items. 

Note: If you have a large album, some features may not be available.

After you share, you can stop them from seeing the album. Learn how to stop sharing an album.

Share with other people

  1. On your computer, open
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Point to a photo or video and click Select Done.  
  4. Click Share Share.
  5. Click To and select people to share with. If you're part of a family on Google with at least 2 other people, select Family group to share with your family members.
  6. You can add a message, then click Send. To manage these messages, go to the activity log
  7. Click Send Send

To share an album, open it. At the top right, click More More and then Share album

Note: If you share an album that automatically adds photos of face groups, anyone with the album link can see photos as they're added. 

Share on Facebook or other apps

  1. On your computer, open
  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. 
  3. Click Share Share.
  4. Send a link or select an app to share. 

What happens when you share

  1. Contacts with this icon Photos on their profile image use the Google Photos app. If you Send via Google Photos:​
    • They get an in-app notification.
    • Their profile image will be added to the album and will appear faded until they see the album.
    • You can only do this if you’ve interacted with them through Google services.
    • They may also appear with this icon Photos if their phone number is connected to their Google Account and you’ve added it to your Google Contacts.
  2. If you share to an email address:
    • They get a link to the album by email.
    • A generic profile image will be added to the album and will appear faded until they click the link to see the album.
    • If they join the album, their profile image will change into their Google Account profile image.
  3. When they see the album, you’ll get an in-app notification.
  4. Anyone that has the shared link will be able to see the album. Learn how to change your sharing options.

What happens when someone shares with you

  1. You may receive an email, or in-app notification, depending on the way it was shared.
  2. When you click a link to see the album, your profile image in the album will light up and a notification will be sent to the sharer. Learn how to leave an album.
  3. If you were shared to by email or phone number, and you join the album, your profile image will change to your Google Account profile image.
  4. Learn more about who can share with you.
  5. If you think someone is spamming you, you can block or report them.

Share all photos to another account

Share from a suggested share

See albums you’ve shared or joined

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. On the left, click Sharing.
  3. Under "Shared," you can see your shared albums and sharing activity, like comments and recently added photos. New sharing activity will be in bold.

To see people you’ve shared an album with:

  1. Open the photo, video, or album you shared.
  2. Click More More and then Options
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