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Creating a Google Album in an Apple mobile device

Bill Graham

Ashby Village Technology Volunteer


You can share photos in a Google Photos album with family and friends regardless of what device or operating system they use. Google albums are a great way to share your vacation pictures in real time with those who can’t be with you!

Now let’s create your album.


Install the Google Photos app: Download the free Google Photos app & open it. If you’ve got photos in Apple Photo, they will appear in Google Photos.

1. Create a new album: At the bottom of your screen, tap “Albums.”

2. On the next screen, tap the + in the “New album” square.


3. In the new screen, tap “Add a Title,” type your title, and click “Done.”

Then, to set up album sharing, tap the row of dots in upper right of screen

4. On the next screen, tap “Options.”





5. On the Options screen, slide the “Share album” switch to the right to turn on this option.

6. Then tap the left pointing arrow (<) in the upper left corner twice to return to your albums.

Add photos to your album: Tap the gray square labeled with your album title.




7. Tap “Select photos” at the bottom of your screen.

8. Tap each photo you want to add to your album. A check mark will show which photos you’ve selected.

9. Then tap “Add” at the top right of your screen to move them to your album.


10. Share your album. Tap the “+” sign above the top left photo in your album.



11. You will then see a list of your contacts. [This screen is not illustrated to protect privacy.]

12. Tap the name of a person with whom you want to share your album, and you will see a colored circle with the first letter of the first name of that person. If you want to share with more than one person, tap the name of each person with whom you’d like to share.


13. After you’ve included everyone you want to share with, tap “Send” in the upper right corner of the screen.


14. Then tap the “X” in the upper left of the screen.


15. Just above the photos in your album, you will now see the first letter of the first name of each person with whom you shared.



Congratulations! You’ve created a Google photo album complete with a first set of photos and links to the people with whom you want to share it.


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Let us assist you

Ashby Village Technology volunteers are available to help you with Google photo albums. To request assistance, contact the office at or (510) 204-9200.