Share photos and videos

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

Before you start

Download and install the Google Photos app.

Share with other people

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Select a photo, album or movie to share.
  4. Tap Share Share.
  5. Tap To and select people to share with. 
  6. You can add a message, then tap Send. To manage these messages, go to the activity log

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.

Send a link or share to other apps

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Select a photo, album or movie to share.
  3. Tap Share Share.
  4. Select another app to share, or send someone a link. 
  5. You might be asked to choose how you want to share. Choose either:
    • Link: Google Photos creates a link to the items that you want to share. The items that you share will be the same quality as when they were uploaded. Anyone that has the link will be able to see the photos or videos.
    • Actual files: Google Photos sends the items that you want to share directly to the app that you want to share them with. Other apps may compress files.
    • Small files: Google Photos sends a smaller version of the items directly to the app that you want to share with. 

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 receive 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 receive a link to the album via 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 receive an in-app notification.
  4. Anyone who 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 that 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. 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.

Remove an invitation to see photos

If you were invited by phone number or email address, you can reject an invitation to see their photos.

  1. On the invite, tap More More.
  2. Select Sharing options.
  3. Tap Remove invitation.

Share all photos to another account

Share from a suggested share

See albums that 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, such as comments and recently added photos. New sharing activity will be in bold.

To see people with whom you’ve shared an album:

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