Share your Google Photos library with a partner

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

Add a partner account to share your photo library

You can only share your photo library with one person at a time.

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com
  2. Sign in with your Google Account.
  3. Click Menu Menuand then Add partner account and then Get started.
  4. Enter or select an email address. You can only invite someone with a Google Account.
  5. Select which photos to add to your partner account.
  6. Click Next.
  7. If everything looks right, click Send invitation.
  8. Verify your identity and finish set up.
  9. Optional: To see your partner’s photos, ask them to share their library with you after they’ve accepted your invitation.

Filter by face groups

Face grouping technology 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.

Filter by date

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

Accept a shared library

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. Click Menu Menuand then ”Invitation from [partner’s name]and then Accept.
  4. Optional: To share your photo library back with your partner, click Menu Menuand thenShare your library

Tip: If someone you don’t know shares their library with you, you can block them. Learn how to block a person.

See your partner’s photos

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Click Menu Menu
  3. Select “Partner’s name.”

Save your partner's photos

If you save your partner’s photos, they’ll appear in your Google Photos library, search results and can be used for personalized creations.

Any photos you save from a shared library won’t take up storage, unless your partner stops sharing their library with you, or deletes the original copy.

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Click Menu Menuand then Settings and then Shared libraries.
  3. Click Save to your library
    • 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’ll save the photos automatically to your Google Photos library.

If you didn’t save a photo from your partner’s shared library, and your partner deletes it from their Photos account, it will also be deleted from the shared library.

Delete photos recently saved from your partner

If you delete a photo saved from your partner’s shared library, 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 added from your partner.
  2. Select the photo you want to delete.
  3. Click Trash .

Turn off notifications

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. Click Menu Menu
  4. Select “Partner’s name.”
  5. Click More Moreand then Shared library settings.
  6. Turn off Notifications.

Stop sharing your library

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. Click Menu Menuand then Settings and then Shared libraries.
  4. Next to your partner’s email address, click More Moreand then Stop sharing your library

Remove partner

If you remove your partner, it will stop sharing your library to your partner. It will also stop your partner from sharing their library with you, but it won’t remove any photos that you’ve saved to your Google Photos library.

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. Click Menu Menuand then Settings and then Shared libraries and then Remove partner and then Remove

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