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.

Share your photos with a partner

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.

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.

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in with your Google Account.
  3. Click Settings  and then Partner sharing  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 seems right, click Send invitation.
  8. Optional: To find your partner’s photos, ask them to partner share with you after they’ve accepted your invitation.

To partner share with a different person, or receive an invitation, 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.

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 computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. At the top, click Sharing .
  4. Click the invitation you want to accept. Then, click Accept.
  5. Optional: You can share photos back with your partner. At the top, click More More and then Share back.

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 computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. At the top, click Sharing .
  3. Click on 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 computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. At the top, click Settings  and then Partner sharing.
  3. Below "Partner sharing", click on Save to Account to see options.
  4. Click Save.
    • All photos: Any photo in the partner sharing will be saved.
    • Photos of selected 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.
  5. Click 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 computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. At the top, click Settings  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 to a removed partner again. Learn how to save your partner's photos.

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account that was invited.
  3. At the top, click Settings  and then Partner sharing and then Remove partner.

Remove your partner's access to a photo

If you remove a photo from a shared library, your partner won’t be able to access that photo within the shared library. 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 computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Sign in with your Google Account.
  3. At the top, click Sharing.
  4. Click Partner sharing.
  5. Click the photo you’d like to remove.
  6. At the top, click Remove.

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