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12/5/16
Original Poster
MyNameIdeasWereTaken

How to get a .jpg URL through Google Photos

UPDATE: The .jpg URLs have a 30 day lifespan, so this method is only temporary... Hopefully Google brings back this feature soon.

Like many, I was very frustrated when Google removed Picasa Web Albums, as that was the only way to get .jpg files to share on websites, forums, etc.

However, I have discovered a workaround through Google Photos.

1. Upload your pictures to Google Photos.
2. Go to Gmail and open a Hang Outs chat box.
3. Select the icon to "Attach a Photo" in your chat box.
4. Choose a photo from Google Photos.
5. Rather than clicking "send" to share your photo with your Hang Outs chat, click on the side picture thumbnail. This will open the image in a new window with a .jpg URL to use however you might need.

This process is a bit more involved than the easy sharing feature of Picasa, but at least it is an option for those of us who continue to use Google Photos to host all of our pictures.
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Onion Zwiebel
12/5/16
Onion Zwiebel
Hi, 

I got stuck at "click on the side picture thumbnail." Can you post a screenshot here of how that looks? 

Thanks
12/5/16
Original Poster
MyNameIdeasWereTaken
Sorry, should have said "click on the side OF the thumbnail picture." Here you can see, I'm clicking on the thumbnail, but to the side of the "send" button.

Unfortunately, there appears to be a 30 day time span for these links to work before they become broken. So this method is only temporary... 
Onion Zwiebel
12/5/16
Onion Zwiebel
Thanks. Too bad the link will only work for 30 days; could you please edit your first post and add that comment? 
12/5/16
Original Poster
MyNameIdeasWereTaken
Already have. :) Thanks for the reminder though! Hopefully Google will have a solution soon...
Peltigee
12/10/16
Peltigee
Thanks!  What a pain in the neck, but the only thing that works.  Thanks for sharing.
Emil Georgiev
12/10/16
Emil Georgiev
Another (simpler) workaround is this:

If you are using Chrome as a browser, install this extension:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-photos-direct-link/dgnaaplaoheafdckphgmpiaodckbcafg

Then when you need an image, go to:

https://get.google.com/albumarchive/
click on the image you need
You will see a message on the bottom middle say "Image URL copied to clipboard" 
You now have a URL with a .jpg extension that will not expire after 30 days because  you are getting it from the albumarchive rather than Google Photos.

Hope it helps
-Emil
Adam's Hockey Site
12/10/16
Adam's Hockey Site
Yea this issue is super annoying.  Picasa Web Albums were much better than what we have now.  Another workaround I've found is using Blogger.  Go to create a new blog post, go to insert image, find the one you want and select it to put into the post.  Then view the html code of the post and you can find the URL of your image.  Again this is just a workaround, not perfect, and takes more time than what I would like.
12/12/16
Original Poster
MyNameIdeasWereTaken
This is great! Thank you for sharing.
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