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December 31, 2017
The way to send an album to anyone, whether they use Google Photos or not, is with a link.
So – you open the album, click the Share button and choose to make a link. Copy that link and then you can paste it anywhere – in an email, or a facebook post, or a blog post – anywhere.
When your recipient sees the link, they can click on it and see the content of the album, no Google account required.
Here’s a video:
Let me know if that helps.
July 13, 2010
When creating the link to share an album, can the recipients download individual photo’s onto their devices?
If while they are viewing a photo from the album link and they accidentally hit the “delete” key, is the photo removed from the album and our Google Photos?
We wish to send old family photos to a family member out of state that doesn’t have Google Photos, BUT we fear that while she is viewing the photos in the album and the delete key is hit on a photo by mistake we will lose the photo out of our google photos. That would be tragic as the photos cannot be replaced.
Thank you for your response, Chris.
Yes, someone viewing an album you shared with a link can download individual photos/videos to their device.
No, they can’t delete a photo of yours from the album. Only the owner of a photo/video can remove it from the album (or the owner of the album).
That said, if losing that photo would be tragic – you’d better have a backup of it somewhere else! On a second cloud service, on your local hard drive, or both. Check out these videos: