Embed Images from Google Photos into your Website or Blog

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Google Photos is the best service for backing up your digital photos in the cloud. You have no storage restrictions, you can download pictures and videos, and the visual search helps you find pictures of people or things in them. There’s a feature that’s still missing in Google Photos.

With a simple link, you can easily share your photos with others, but Google Photos does not provide a way to embed an existing image into a website. So, if you’ve already uploaded an image into it, you will not be able to embed it directly into your website through Google Photos.

Google Photos as a picture host

Embed Google Photos is a new web application that lets you, as the name implies, easily select an image hosted on Google Photos and place it on a web page using simple HTML code.

Here are the steps:

  1. Visit photos.google.com and open the image you want to embed in your website.
  2. Tap the Share icon and select “Get Link” to create a sharable link for that image.
  3. Go to j.mp/EmbedGooglePhotos, paste this link and it will immediately generate the integration code of this image.

Open your website template, paste the generated code and save it (see example). The image will now be delivere directly from your Google Photos account. This technique can also be used to embed images in HTML Mail without the need for an external image hosting service.

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Embed Google Photos – How Does It Work?

Sharing a single photo through a link in Google Photos creates an unlisted link that anyone can see, including those that are not connect to their Google Accounts.

Internally, the application downloads the page located behind this link and extracts the Open Graph tags to determine the direct link between the image and the underlying photo album.

The integration application only works for individual images, not for albums. One more thing. I’m not aware of any bandwidth restrictions on images share through Google Photos. If you have a very popular website, this may not be the way to go.


Also see: The Good Parts of Google Photos

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