Stop sharing an album & manage settings

You can change who can see photos, videos, or albums you’ve shared in Google Photos. You can do this if you own the album.

Stop sharing an album

If you stop sharing an album:

  • Other people won’t be able to see your album.
  • Comments and photos that other people added will be removed.

To stop sharing:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap Sharing.
  3. Open an album.
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Options.
  5. Turn off Share album.
  6. Tap Stop sharing or Delete.

Note: If someone already downloaded or copied photos or videos you shared, turning off sharing will not delete those downloads or copies.

Stop people from adding photos to an album

If "Collaborate" is turned on, anyone who has the link to your shared album can add photos. 

To stop people from adding photos:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap Sharing.
  3. Open an album.
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Options.
  5. Turn off Collaborate.

Notes:

  • You can't stop individual people from adding items, but you can stop everyone from adding items.
  • You’ll still see photos that other people added, unless you remove them.

Leave an album

When you leave an album, your photos and comments will be removed and you cannot be re-invited to the album.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap Albums.
  3. Open an album.
  4. Tap More More and then Options and then Leave album.

Manage your likes and comments

Stop people from adding comments and likes

If you turn commenting off, people won't be able to like your photos. You’ll still see existing likes and comments unless you delete them.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap Sharing.
  3. Open an album that you created.
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Options.
  5. Turn off Comments & likes.

See all comments

To see or delete all of the comments and likes that you've made, go to the activity log.

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