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How to stop sharing Google Photos with others

Turn off Link Sharing in Google Photos

The good thing about Google Photos’ shared albums (or individual photos and videos) is that you can revoke access if you decide to. Not only that, but you can also change the level of access collaborators have. We made sure to explain how to stop sharing Google Photos with others below.

Turn off Link Sharing in Google Photos

The toggle to turn off link sharing in Google Photos can be found under the Sharing tab. That’s where all shared albums and photos appear, including the ones shared with you and the ones that you shared with others. Now, disabling link sharing will prevent re-sharing of your album (photo or video) via the link. This doesn’t mean the current collaborators will be removed.

Besides removing Link sharing, you can also remove individual collaborators or even block them. This is important because, even if you disable link sharing, the current collaborators will still have access to the album. Of course, you’ll need to remove them one by one or just delete the album/photo/video.

As a side note, you can prevent collaborators from adding their photos or videos and from leaving comments and liking photos in the same menu.

Here’s how to turn off sharing and stop sharing your Google Photos with others:

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Tap the Sharing tab.
  3. Select an album or photo/video group you want to stop sharing.
  4. Tap on the 3-dots menu and open Options.
  5. Disable Link sharing.
  6. To remove people/collaborators, tap on the 3-dots menu next to their names and select Remove person.stop sharing google photos

As an alternative, you can just delete the album after you save all necessary photos. That’s probably the easiest way to deal with this if you have a lot of collaborators (e.g. if you shared an album publicly) and want to revoke access to an album or photo/video group.

To re-enable Link sharing, just get back to Options and enable Link sharing. Copy the link and share the album/photo or video group again.

And, with that said, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Digital Uncoded. @lemmingspain