View & manage photos & videos stored in your Google Drive

If you store photos & videos in your Google Drive, you can also choose to view each folder as an album in Google+. Only you will be able to see them in your library until you choose to share them. If you have Auto Awesome or Auto Enhance turned on, then those features will be applied to your photos as normal, but your original drive files will remain intact.

Turn on or off

Android app
  1. Open the  Photos app > touch the menu menu icon/button at the top right > Settings > your name.
  2. Touch Photos > check or uncheck the box next to Google Drive.
Desktop computer
  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. In the Photos and Videos section, check or uncheck the box next to Show Drive photos and videos in your photo library. After you check the box, folders containing JPG, GIF, WebP, RAW, or video files will be viewable from your Google+ photo library and each Drive folder will create a different album marked with the  Google Drive icon. Only you will be able to see them in your library until you choose to share them.

Change my Google+ settings

iOS app
  1. Open the  Google+ app > touch the menu  icon at the top left >  gear icon > Camera and Photos.
  2. Next to Google Drive, turn the switch on or off.
Mobile browser
This setting is not available using a mobile web browser at this time.

Exclude a folder

You can choose to exclude a folder from being viewable in Google+ (while keeping it in your Google Drive) by removing its corresponding album on Google+.

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
  2. Click  Photos > Albums > the album you wish to remove.
  3. On the right, click the  drop down arrow > Remove album. This folder will remain on your Google Drive but will no longer be viewable from Google+. 

Deleting photos

If you delete photos or videos from Google Drive, they will also be deleted from Google+. If you delete photos or videos from Google+, they will also be deleted from Google Drive.

Limitations of this feature

  • You cannot tag, +1, edit, or comment on Drive photos. To enable these features, share the photo first. Sharing a photo will create and post a copy of the photo-- your original Drive photo will remain intact and your circles will not gain access to your Drive.
  • This feature is not available for Google Apps accounts.
  • Screenshots, icons, thumbnails, and other images may not be viewable using this feature.