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

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. In the Photos 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

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

Deleting a photo from your  Drive folder will delete the photo from Google+. Deleting a photo from your Google+ album will not delete the original photo from 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.