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For some time you could see pictures someone sent you via Hangouts in an album called "Hangouts". This vanished somehow.

When you open a picture from Hangouts on the Computer, you can still see in the URL that there is some kind of album. The URL is in the form https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/albums/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and you can even browse this album.

How can I get to this album from Google Plus or Google Photos?

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Short answer1

Go to https://get.google.com/albumarchive/
There you will found a album named Photos from Hangouts enter image description here

Long answer

When you click a photo in the Hangout history you will be sent to an URL that looks like https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/albums/string-1?pid=string-2&oid=string-3. To be taken to the album just delete ? and all the characters to the right of it. The resulting URL will look like this:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/albums/string-1

The photos owned by the user uploaded through Hangouts conversation can't be seen from Google Photos (http://photos.google.com), only on the owner Google Album Archive.

For each Hangout used to share a photo will be an album called "Hangout: Your Friend Name or email address ● Your Name" or "Hangout: Group name" on the photo sender account. It could be viewable by both users using the URL trick mentioned in the "Short answer" section.

References

Update Notes

1 Picasa Web Albums was deprecated on 2016. On August 2016 Google launched Google Album Archive where users could access their photos that used to be accessible through Picasa Web Albums (reference: http://googlephotos.blogspot.com/2016/02/moving-on-from-picasa.html)

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    Looks like the Picasa Web Albums only includes photes shared /by me/ not pictures shared /with me/. The url trick still works though showing an album on G+ with all the pictures. – rumpel Nov 1 '16 at 16:08
  • @rumpel: Thanks. I updated the answer. – Rubén Nov 1 '16 at 17:26
  • @rumpel not anymore... – Line Feb 20 at 14:48
  • I wonder how this will work as G+ is deprecated. – Dustin Graham Apr 9 at 1:46
  • @DustinGraham Google Hangouts dependency on G+ Albums was removed sometime ago, so Hangouts albums will not be affected by the G+ shutdown – Rubén Apr 9 at 21:48
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Viewing Photos shared with you

On https://get.google.com/albumarchive/ you can only see photos that were shared by you. To see the album of pictures shared with you by a specific person, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the Person’s G+ Profile (by clicking on the person’s icon in Hangouts)
  2. Select "About" button in the profile’s header
  3. Scroll down to "You & Person" and click "See all photos"
  4. Select the "Photos from Hangouts" album
  • I don't have "See all photos" :( – Line Jan 21 at 8:42

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