Is there a length limit for a URL (especially for an embedded image) in Google Sheets?

I'm trying to create a cell with an image by a specific URL, in the following way:


It works at the creation moment, but a short time afterwards it's not showing the picture anymore. I checked a few times a day later, and the image was missing, although the URL is valid.

Tried to both give IMAGE a direct URL (with quote marks), and also pointing it to a cell that contains a URL.


Here's an example sheet - all worked on creation.

The URLs that I tested with, were 663 chars long.


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The problem is that https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/... are temporary URLs. See answer to How to get the direct link to an image in my Google Photos?

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    Thanks! since that was the problem, which I haven't identified correctly - I have marked it as a duplicate Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 20:24

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