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8/24/19
How to unshare a shared video without deleting the video? 2 Recommended Answers 6 Replies 0 Upvotes
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I have shared a single video with the world, i.e. created a share link and distributed it to the party that needed it. They have seen it and now I want to remove the sharing, i.e. delete the link, but keep the video (of course).

How do I do that?

When I disable sharing on the video, this is the popup I get:

Title: Stop sharing and delete?
Message: This hasn't been save to your Albums. If you stop sharing now, you'll delete it permanently. Your photos remain in your library.
Buttons: Cancel / Delete

It seems to me clicking delete will erase the link AND the video for some reason. The video is present in the Album section, so why would it get erased from there? This sharing system is horribly designed.

How do I remove/deactivate the link, while keep the video in my Album?
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8/25/19
Hi Bernhard Ege,

You can click on Delete button on Stop Sharing page. It wouldn't delete the video/photo from your library.

This was explain in Stop Sharing message(This hasn't been save to your Albums. If you stop sharing now, you'll delete it permanently. Your photos remain in your library) .
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8/25/19
@ Bernhard
If you are the owner of a shared album, you can
  • open the album
  • click 3-dots > Options
  • Turn off "Share"
The album will continue to exist, but the share link is disabled. 
You can also "Delete" the album. The photos/video remains in your library.
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8/25/19
As I wrote, I shared a video, not an album. And if I try to stop sharing the video, it says it will delete the video! I don't get it, and unfortunately, your help doesn't seem relevant for my issue. Could this be a bug?
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8/26/19
This was much easier to understand, so I went ahead and tried it, but this time on my phone. I used the Opera browser and Google Photos homepage, and to my surprise, the warnings and help text makes way more sense. The GUI of Google Photos homepage is hence much more user friendly. I wonder why the desktop warnings and help text is so much different for the exact same features. 

Had I used the mobile version of the homepage, I would not have needed to ask for help.

Thank you.
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