Tutorial How to post images from Google Photos

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by Richard, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    It is always better to upload an image than link an image from a personal cloud host platform such as OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive.

    But why?
    There are more steps involved with linking from a cloud host and the images tend to break and be forever lost over time as the platforms constantly make system changes.

    LAST EDIT and correct information: 21 Feb 2019
    This tutorial assumes you know how to insert an image using a URL

    Posting images with a Google Photo's URL is fairly easy but there are a couple of steps for it to work correctly.

    The common trap for young players is to make sure the web address (URL) is a link direct to the image and not to the Google Photos page containing the image.

    This is the usual error that results in a failed image. Google wants to promote itself to your friends so the default 'Share' link that they provide is to a Google page containing the image and not a direct link to the image. This default page link will not embed the image on any forum nor any web page.

    So... if your image URL looks like this;
    the image will not display.

    The fix
    1. Open Google Photos in Chrome or Firefox on a PC* or Safari on a Mac
    2. Browse to the photo you wish to share on these forums.
    3. Click the photo to enlarge it.
    4. Right click and copy the image URL (Chrome = Copy image address, Firefox = Copy image location).

    * this fix will not work with MS Internet Explorer or MS Edge.

    Your image URL will now be very long and random looking, something like this;

    Watch the video for detail.

    Still not working?
    Double check that you have the correct URL, it's long and can easily be corrupted.

    Questions or trouble getting it to work?
    Ask below.
    #1 Richard, Jan 27, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
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