Set up partner sharing

You can share photos of specific people or share photos from a specific date onward. Photos will be shared automatically as they're backed up to your account.

Important: Sharing photos of specific people isn’t available in all geographic regions.

Before you get started

Download and install the Google Photos app.

Share your photos with a partner

When you share with your partner, they will receive the photos you’ve chosen to share as soon as they're backed up. Once your partner accepts your invitation for partner sharing, they can choose to use partner sharing to share their photos back with you.

Important: Anything you do to your version of a shared photo won’t apply to any copies already saved by your partner. This includes any edits, deletions, or transfers to your Locked Folder. Learn more about Locked Folder.

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top, tap Sharing .
    • Important: For some users, Sharing can be found at the bottom.
  3. At the top, tap Share with partner and then Get started.
  4. Choose photos to share:
    • All photos.
    • Only photos containing selected people: You can select one or more face groups to share. Photos that match any of the selected face groups are shared. Learn more about filtering by face groups.
  5. Choose a starting date:
  6. To invite your partner, tap Select partner. You can only invite someone with a Google Account.
  7. If everything seems right, tap Confirm.
  8. Optional: To find your partner’s photos, ask them to share their photos with you after they’ve accepted your invitation.

Tip: You can use partner sharing with one person at a time. To partner share with someone else, or receive an invitation from a different person, stop sharing with your current partner.

Filter by face groups

Face Groups isn’t perfect. Filtering by face groups may result in occasionally sharing photos that don’t actually have any of the people you’ve selected.

Important: This feature isn't available in all countries and regions.

Filter by date

Sometimes, the date of the photo might be wrong. For example, if the photo was scanned, or the camera's clock wasn’t set correctly, a photo might have the wrong date. Filtering by date might result in occasionally sharing photos that aren’t within the date range chosen.

Accept a partner sharing invitation

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. At the top, tap Sharing .
    • Important: For some users, Sharing can be found at the bottom.
  4. Tap the invitation you want to accept and then Accept.
  5. You'll be asked to share back with your partner. You can skip this step if you want.
    • Once you share back with your partner, they'll receive the photos you’ve chosen to share straight away.

Tip: If someone you don't know starts partner sharing with you, you can block them after accepting the invite. Learn how to block a person.

Find your partner’s photos

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top, tap Sharing .
    • Important: For some users, Sharing can be found at the bottom.
  3. Tap your partner's name.
Save your partner's photos

If you save your partner’s photos, they appear in your Google Photos account, photos view, search results, and Memories.

The photos and videos you save from partner sharing won’t count against your storage, as long as your partner continues to share them with you through partner sharing.

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings and then Sharing and then Partner sharing.
  3. To change settings, tap Save to your account.
    • All photos: Any photo in the shared library will be saved.
    • Photos of specific people: Select from your face groups. When Google Photos recognizes any of those face groups from your partner’s photos, it saves the photos automatically to your Google Photos account.
  4. Tap Done.

If your partner deletes a photo from their Photos account, it's removed from partner sharing. If you save the photo before it's deleted, you can still find it in your Photos library.

Delete photos you recently saved from your partner
If you delete a photo you saved from your partner’s photos, it won’t be deleted from your partner’s account.
  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com/search/_tra_. This page will have any recently added photos, including photos you’ve saved from your partner.
  2. Select the photo you want to delete.
  3. Click Delete Delete.

Turn off notifications

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. Tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings and then Sharing and then Partner sharing.
  4. Turn off Notifications.

Remove a partner

If you remove your partner, they won't be able to access the photos that you have shared and you won't be able to access their photos. You and your partner will still be able to find any photos already saved to your Google Photos account. You can always share with a removed partner again. Learn how to save your partner’s photos.
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. Tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings and then Sharing.
  4. Tap Partner sharing and then Remove Partner.

Stop sharing your photos with your partner

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings and then Sharing and then Partner sharing.
  3. Tap More More and then Stop sharing your photos.

Remove your partner’s access to a photo

If you remove a photo from partner sharing, your partner won’t be able to access that photo within partner sharing. Your partner will still be able to find photos already saved to their Google Photos account.

Important: You can only remove photos that you own.

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top, tap Sharing .
    • Important: For some users, Sharing  can be found at the bottom. 
  3. Tap Partner sharing.
  4. Tap the photo you would like to remove.
  5. At the top right, tap More and then Remove and then Remove.

Change your partner sharing settings

To change the settings of what photos you're sharing with your partner:

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. Tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings and then Sharing and then Partner sharing.
  4. Select [your partner's name] can access.
  5. Change the settings you want to change.

Important: Your partner will only receive photos you’ve backed up.

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