If I share a Google Photos album, other people who view it see a Download All button at the top of the page, as shown in the screenshot below. You should be able to see it yourself if you visit this album.

Is there any way to prevent that button from being shown? I've looked in my Google+ settings under Photos and Videos, and the option Allow viewers to download my photos and video is already unchecked.

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  • +1 I find this quite curious. Is the "Allow viewers to download my photos" feature just for people within your circles for posts you may make? Nov 4, 2015 at 16:13
  • @Raystafarian With the pretty messy confluence of Google Photos, Google Drive, Google+ and PicasaWeb, I suspect not even Google know the answer to that question!
    – Mark
    Nov 4, 2015 at 20:27

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No you cannot do this on Google Photos.

Not a chance with Google now, they are shutting down Picasa at 1st May.

This option is only available on Picasa web album. Google Drive does have an option to block the download link in the "advance" section of the share settings, and it will create a new Picasa album with uploaded photos automatically. However, you cannot edit such album on Picasa and will get a "500 Internal Server error" when you try. So you may want to upload your photos to Picasa directly.

  • Unfortunately, Picasa Web Albums have been announced to be shut down.
    – ale
    Mar 15, 2016 at 14:29
  • Yeah, I knew that after I found my Picasa link was forwarded to Google Photo and did some search...
    – Piece
    Mar 31, 2016 at 15:13

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