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Embedding photos hosted at Google Photos
September 8, 2015
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I have been following a thread over on the official Google Photos forum that indicate you can no longer use Google Photos to embed a picture in a forum such as this. So I am starting this forum topic to test it out. 

First I am going to use the URL of a photo in a public album in my Google Photos account. I’m using a picture I took on September 7 and have added to my public September album. fyi: I made that album public by using the Share icon and sharing it to Public on Google+. I never left Google Photos to do this. To embed that picture here in this forum post I follow these steps:

  1. Open the picture, using Google Chrome, I right click and “Copy Image URL”
  2. Here on this forum, I use the “Insert Image” button in the toolbar, and Paste the copied URL.
  3. It appears to embed just fine – but it is very ODD that the URL does not end in .jpg
  4. DO YOU see this picture of 2 men at the beach?Image Enlarger

Next I want to try embedding a picture that is NOT in one of my public folders. I am going to pick a photo from my Google Photos private photos library – but also one that I took just yesterday. I followed the exact same steps:

  1. View picture from my Google photos library
  2. Right click on photo and choose “Copy Image URL”
  3. Come here to the forum and click the Insert Image tool
  4. Paste the URL in there – this is another picture of the beach by the guys are in the far distance.Image Enlarger

Do you see either of the 2 pictures above?

September 9, 2015
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I just see the first photo. Clicking on it opens it but is has alot of what I might call “computer lingo” above the photo. (Possibly the link where the photo is actually located?)

Where I believe your second photo should be just shows a magnifier glass that can be clicked on. Clicking on it takes me to a brown shaded page with a small “-” in the middle of it. Clicking on that “-” opens another tab that shows nothing clickable and no photo.

Hope this helps you Chris.

September 13, 2015
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Thanks Fred. That’s just as I expected. I still see lots of people having problems with this though. Not sure why.

November 5, 2015
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I want to try one more technique here and that is to use one of my non-public Google Photos, but get the URL using the Microsoft browser.

Wow – it can’t be done at all. When I open the new Microsoft Browser with Windows 10 – Edge – and right-click a picture from Google Photos, I no longer get a “Properties” option. Inspect element and View source are much too complex, and I still can’t find any image source that ends in .jpg.

It appears that Google really doesn’t want you using your Google Photos library to host pictures for other sites. See this notice on the Google Photos Forum: Wish we could get a picture URL.

It can still be done by using tools available thru Google Plus, and Picasa Web Albums. And, Blogger makes it easy to use Google Photos for your blog. I will write an article on these techniques.

November 5, 2015
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After much play with picture urls, I am coming to the conclusion that, as long as your picture is in an Album, then getting the image URL using Chrome allows you to post an image publicly. It works in Blogger, and in WordPress. Now, let’s see if it works in this forum

Here is a picture from my Google Photos library that is in an album, but not a public one.

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November 5, 2015
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Here is the same picture coming straight from my private ‘all photos’ google photos library

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November 5, 2015
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And here’ another that comes only from my library, it is not in an album anywhere

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