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

Share to your contacts

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the bottom, tap Sharing.
  4. At the top, tap Create Create.
  5. Choose photos to share, then tap Next.
  6. Tap 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. 
  7. Tap Done.
  8. You can add a title or message, then tap Send.

Send a link or share to other apps

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap the photo, album, or movie to share.
  3. Tap Share Share.
  4. Select another app to share or send someone a link. You can also enter or select a name, phone number, or email address. 
  5. Optional: You can also add a message when you share. To manage these messages, go to the activity log

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 a phone number or email address:
    • They get a link to the album, by SMS or email, depending on how it was shared.
    • 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, text message, or in-app notification, depending on the way it was shared.
  2. When you tap 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. When 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.

See albums you’ve shared or joined

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos
  2. At the bottom, tap 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. Tap More More and then Sharing options.


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