Google is on a roll this week. Offline navigation is now available for Google Maps, family plans for Google Play Music are here for just $14.99, searching within Google Drive just got simpler, and now Google Photos just announced Shared Albums – a fast and simple way to pool your photos and videos that makes it easier to bring everyone’s memories together.

I think Google secretly worked through the Thanksgiving holiday to bring us these updates before Christmas.

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Shared albums allow friends and family to add their own photos and videos to your collection making it a shared story. There’s no setup, all you have to do is select photos, make an album, and share the link with whomever you’d like. It doesn’t matter if that friend is using a tablet, desktop, laptop or smartphone running Android or iOS – everyone can add to the shared album if they are included through the link you provide.  Try it out.

Create an album

Mobile app

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. At the top right, touch Create .
  3. Select Album.
  4. Select the photos and videos you want to include.
  5. Touch DONE.


  1. Open the Google Photos app .
    • To share individual photos or videos: Tap and hold an item to select it > select any other items
    • To share an album, story, or movie: Open the album, story, or movie.
  2. At the top right, touch Share:
    • Android: 
    • iOS:  
  3. Choose how you want to share:
    • To an app.
    • Copy link or Create link to send someone a link.
    • Shared album to create an album that you can allow anyone to add to.

Google Blog

Google Photos Play Store Link

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