Share photos and videos

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

Before you start

Share in a conversation

You can share to anyone with a Google Account if they are in your contacts or by searching using their email address or phone number. To make sharing easier, Google suggests people to share with based on your interactions.

If your contact’s phone number isn’t associated with their Google Account, you can help them find and connect with you. If your contact doesn’t have a Google Account, you can send them a link or share using another app instead.

To share with other people in a conversation:

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Select a photo, album or video.
  4. Tap Share Share.
  5. Under 'Send in Google Photos', select people to share with. 
    • To share with one person, tap their name.
    • To find someone specific, tap Search . Enter their name, phone number or email address.
    • To share with more than one person, select multiple people.
    • (Optional) Add a message to go with your shared media.
  6. To share, tap Send. This will create an ongoing conversation thread where you and the people who you have shared with can add additional photos, videos, comments,and likes over time.  

Note: 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 mobile device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. In the menu at the left, tap Photos.
  4. Select photos or videos for the album. 
  5. At the top, tap Create Add
  6. Tap Shared album
  7. Enter an album title. 
  8. When the album is complete, tap Share Share
  9. Select who to share your album with.

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. For everyone else, you can create a link to share.
  • When you share your photos or albums, a link will be sent to the people you share with. Anyone who has the shared link can view the album or photos that you shared.
  • If you share an album that automatically adds photos of face groups, anyone with the album link can view photos as they're added.

Send a link or share to other apps

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Select a photo, album or video.
  3. Tap Share Share.
  4. Under 'Share to apps', select another app to share to. Swipe left to find more apps. 
  5. To create and share a link, tap Create link.

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

What happens when you share

  • When you send to a contact in Google Photos:
    • Contacts who you shared with get an in-app notification and a push notification from the app. The shared item(s) appear in their 'Sharing' tab.
    • When you share a new album or conversation with them, they’ll also receive an email notification.
    • Their profile image or a generic profile image 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 profile image or a generic profile image will appear in the activity view next to the latest photos, comments or likes that they have viewed.
    • If they join a shared album or like, comment or add photos in a shared album or conversation, their profile image changes to their Google Account profile image.
  • When you add photos or videos to albums or conversations, your profile image will appear next to the latest photos that you added.
  • If you share a video captured fully or partially in slow motion, others may be able to view  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 tab.
  • When you view the album or conversation, your profile image or a generic profile image in the album will light up, and it will appear next to the latest photos, comments or likes that you have viewed. 
  • If you join a shared album or like, comment or add photos in a shared album or conversation, your Google Account profile image will appear next to the action that you took. 
  • If you think that someone is spamming you, you can block or report them. Learn more about who can share with you.

Manage your conversations and albums

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the bottom, tap Sharing.
  3. You can access your shared albums and sharing activity, like comments and recently added photos. New sharing activity will be in bold.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, click Show more

Review an album

  1. Open the album that you shared.

  2. Click Menu Moreand then Options.

Leave an album or conversation

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

To leave an album: 

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

To leave a conversation:

  1. Click the conversation. 
  2. At the top, click and then next to the names of the people in the conversation.
  3. Next to your name, click Leave.

Remove items from shared albums and conversations

You can remove, photos, videos, comments and likes that 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 Moreand 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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