I'd like to share a Google Photos album only with one person and allow them to view and edit the album, but I do NOT want the album or any photos to come up in search results. I saw that the only way to share an album results in generating a publicly accessible link. Does this action also result in the photos and/or the album being searchable by the public?

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It depends on how you share it. If you share it with one person (or more people) like this than not:


If you will share it via links on the bottom then it's kind of public:


  • Don’t think this answers the question. “It’s kind of public.” But is it searchable?
    – Mike Eng
    Apr 8, 2019 at 22:10
  • if you mean if it's searchable via googling it - it's not. but if you tweet it then that tweet could be searched.
    – user0
    Apr 8, 2019 at 22:19
  • @MikeEng, in the second case, anyone, including search engines, can follow the generated URL and see the album. The last time I checked though, Google deliberately refrains from indexing the photos. Oct 28, 2023 at 23:15

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