I've uploaded my photos to Google Photos and I want to share them with only one person. I don't want to use share-link, because it's visible for everyone who has it, isn't it? I cannot be sure that the person wouldn't forward it to someone else.

I'm looking for a way like Google Drive has. The photo should be visible only when the person is logged to Google account.

Is there a way how can I achieve that?

  • Create a temporary circle with only one person in it?
    – Chenmunka
    Jul 21, 2015 at 9:16

3 Answers 3


Yes, you are right. If you share a photo via link it would be visible for everyone who has the link.

You can share your photos with a specific person by following these steps:

From Share a photo album:

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
  2. Click Photos icon Photos > More at the top of the page > Albums.
  3. Click the album you wish to share > Share button at the top right.
  4. Add your comments & select who to share with. You can share with someone who is not on Google+ by entering their email address in the To field.
  5. Click Share.
  • It's less than a year, and this answer seems to already be OBE. Either that, or my account doesn't allow this workflow. When I click the drawer icon / "hamburger", there is no option for "Photos". Come on, Google!
    – blong
    Jun 25, 2016 at 15:15
  • Google+ is dead. Can you modernize this answer?
    – ale
    Sep 9, 2019 at 20:50

There is no technical way that you can prevent someone sharing a photo with others, if they're determined.

The other answer explains how you can share with a specific group of Google users (size of group, 1 or more).

But if a person you have shared with decides to screen-shot what they are seeing, they can save the image to some service (their own Google Photos, Flickr, Dropbox, etc) and share it with anyone they want - and there is no way that you can prevent this.

  • I know that, but I don't want to allow them to reshare photos so easily. Saving a screenshot is more complicated than posting a link.
    – Genhis
    Jul 21, 2015 at 12:03

Why not use the tool you know works? Add the photo to Google Drive and share the file from there.

  • Photos on Google Drive take space whereas on Google Photos they don't.
    – Genhis
    Sep 10, 2019 at 7:40
  • True, but we're talking about one file here, no? And you can always delete it after the other person has seen it.
    – ale
    Sep 10, 2019 at 13:02

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