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July 22, 2023
My family members are telling me they cannot add their iCloud photos to my shared Google photo album without them allowing Google full access to their photos- can this be correct?
I have shared my shared album link with them and I just wanted them to add their photos they have from their iCloud to my Google photos shared album which I have toggled on all of the options to allow them to add.
We just attended a large family wedding and they are all after me and sending me individual photos- please help me to explain to them as I am a Samsung android user and I’m unfamiliar with the iCloud. I would love to give them the basic steps since they hear me praise this app all the time- LOLOL! I know it’s got to be easier than they are experiencing.
Thank you soooo much!!
Unfortunately, it is a bit complicated. When I share a Google Photos album and want others to contribute photos to it, I only expect other Google Photos users to comply. iCloud is a completely separate animal. You can’t add a photo stored in iCloud to a Google Photos album. You must be using the Google Photos app, or the Google Photos web page (photos.google.com) I don’t like to force people to use Google Photos. I would probably just tell the iCloud users to send their photos to me and I’ll add them to the Google Album. Then everyone can view that album just by sending them a link.
OR have 2 shared albums – one Google and one iCloud. Google users add their photos to the google album, iCloud users add theirs to the Apple album. Everyone can view both albums with a link.
If you really want everyone to use the Google Album, there are 2 choices for iCloud users
- Install the Google Photos app on their phone and, yes, they’ll need to give access to their photos in order to add them to your Google Shared album, but they don’t have to have Backup on.
- Use the web interface to Google PHotos without involving the phone. View their iCloud photos at iCloud.com and download the desired photos to the computer, then upload those photos to Photos.Google.com. Once the photos are there, then they can easily add them to your shared album
Sorry to make it sound so complicated. I’d be happy to jump on a phone call, or a zoom call if you want to discuss it more.
I’ve consulted with my fellow Google Photos product experts and come up with an easier way for Apple photos/iCloud users to contribute Photos to a shared Google Photos album.
1. Send them the link to the shared album
2. When they click the link, using their phone, tell them to make sure they are on a browser – do not click any link to use the app, tap on Continue on web.
3. Once they are viewing the album , they can now tap the + button to add photos and then tap the icon to upload (cloud with up arrow) Then ‘photo library’ – they are now seeing the photos in their camera roll and they can pick the ones they want to share. When done selecting, tap done.
Let me know if that works for you. It should be pretty straightforward, and they will not need to give Google Photos access to their photos. They don’t even need the app on their phone at all.