How To Post Images to Google Plus

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 in The Photography

There are a couple of ways of posting images to Google Plus – and some are better than others.  You can click on any of the images in this post for the full size screen grab.

Okay, first off the basics, a reasonable file size is about 1000 px (the longest side).  As with any web image, you’ll do best if they’re in sRGB, and so far I’ve just used the old standby, JPG format, though probably PNGs will work.

Now for the ways:

1) Use the upload image button.

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In your main stream, click the CAMERA ICON. You can type something, or you can click the CAMERA ICON again and then pick your image to upload and you get this:

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I clicked on + Add photos and selected the Big Head from my computer and voila.


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You probably want your image to be Public (I think this makes it available in searches) and post to all your circles, or just some of them etc.  And then click SHARE.

THE PROS: This gives you a nice sized thumbnail.  But where the heck does it go, and how is it stored.  Whether you know it or not – everything is being managed by Picasa.  If you go to you’ll find that this image has been added to an album called: Photos From Posts.

Now if that’s how you want to store all your images, or if you want to use to move or copy or organize your images later, you can do that.

THE CONS: If you are managing a lot of images, this is going to be a pain.

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2) Publishing an Entire Album with new image

So what’s that PICTURE ICON at the top of the screen for?

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If you click on that PICTURE ICON ON TOP OF SCREEN you’ll be taken to all the images that you have anything to do with. Images from people in your circles, and at the bottom left, you’ll see YOUR ALBUMS.

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From this screen, after you click on YOUR ALBUMS you’ll be able to add images to the album of your choice.  Here I’ve chosen the COLOR ALBUM.

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You can add as many images as you like. And then hit SHARE. You’ll get a box like this, and you figure out what circles you want to share the album with.

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And you’ll publish your Album with the new images to your stream. Voila.

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PROS: You get a nice thumbnail and the smaller thumbnails.  But do you really want to publish your entire album every time you put up an image?  Also, so far you don’t have any control over the order of the images.

Believe it or not, there are still at least three other ways to upload and organize images.  I’ll just mention that there is an export to Picasa from Lightroom plugin - (It’s donation-ware, and I have used it to export images from Lightroom to Facebook but haven’t tried this one); and then there you could install Picasa on your computer and sync it with your picasaweb albums.  But I’m going to show you what’s been working for me.

3. Publishing a large thumbnail, without publishing the smaller thumbs, and without really publishing the entire album.  Also how to have control over the entire process.  What is in each album.  Moving and copying images between albums, and just publishing one image at a time.

There’s an application called, Picasa Web Album Uploader which you can install on your computer.  (I’m on a Mac.  I have no idea if it works on PCs, maybe someone can let me know).

Here’s the link to the mac version of Picasa Web Album Uploader.

And this is pretty simple.  Install the app on your mac and sign in with your Google login and you’ll have easy access to

You don’t need the uploader to use but it makes uploading a bit easier.  On my desktop.

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You can set the size for the uploaded image, as well as the caption.

And now, here’s the one trick to get a BIG THUMBNAIL. After you upload your image to picasaweb click on View Album.  It will take you to where you can see the image you just uploaded.  Click on that image and copy that URL.  Here’s an example:



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After you copy the URL, then (phew) go back to your Google Plus stream, and click on the LINK ICON beneath the entry field.  The URL should look like this:

Click Add:

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And then Share:

Photo of How To Post Images to Google Plus : the photography And that’s it.  It takes longer to write about then to do.  The PROS:  You get a nice big thumbnail without all the smaller thumbs beneath it.  But this image is in the proper album, so that if you click on it, you’ll get the right image, and be able to navigate through the rest of the album.

THE CONS: If you change the name of the album, then the URL won’t be found.

If you just want to embed a smaller thumbnail, then you can use the LINK field that’s on the right side while you’re in PICASAWEB.  And I think that’s enough information for one post.  You might want to experiment with moving things around etc. on PicasaWeb.  It’s pretty powerful.  Hope this doesn’t cause more questions than it answers.



  1. Andy Bryant
    July 15, 2011

    In (2) above, you can change the order photos are shown by going into the album page on Picasa, then click Organize. This will let you drag & drop your newest images from the back end of the album to the front, so that it appears first in the share.

  2. Tracy
    July 15, 2011

    You said “Also, so far you don’t have any control over the order of the images.”

    Actually you can move them around in your Picasa Albums. Go into your Album, click organize, and drag and drop them to where you want them in pecking order. Easy Peasy.

  3. JPH
    July 15, 2011

    Wow. Thanks again Dave for taking the time to generously share the fruits of your (exhaustive) labor! I will definitely keep this post in mind when uploading my images!

  4. JPH
    July 15, 2011

    Yeah, Option #3 was quick and easy!

    I just have to remember to get into the habit of creating smaller, watermarked versions of my photos to include on G+ in my workflow.

  5. Mazzmn
    July 15, 2011

    What do you think about the horrible pictures policy on googleplus?

  6. dave
    July 15, 2011

    I like it.

  7. Akki
    July 22, 2011

    Thanks for sharing, I was facing problems initially but this really helps!

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  9. Morgan
    August 2, 2011

    But how do you add an image to a COMMENT in Google+?

    I can’t find that info anywhere.

  10. dave
    August 2, 2011

    You can’t. The best you can do is put the url for the image in the comment.

  11. Sprink
    February 25, 2012

    I’m just curious… I often upload my photos to Google+, but when I try to download them, I get a junk compressed version. Sure, the physical file size is the same as when I uploaded it, but the digital file size is only a tiny fraction: a lousy 487 KB. Is there a way to upload/download my photos FULL SIZE like the website suggests?

  12. dave
    February 26, 2012

    I’m not sure I understand your issue. Are you saying that you are uploading large files and if so why and what sizes in terms of pixels. Ie what width height in pixels are you uploading?
    A recommended size is about 1050 pixels for the long edge.
    It’s not supposed to be a place got storing original digital files.

  13. Allan Sutton
    April 8, 2012


    Putting the link in the comments like you explain in #3 doesn’t have the photo displayed. Has the behavior of Google plus changed since you wrote the article ?

    I shared my post with you on Google plus

    Thank you !

  14. dave
    April 9, 2012

    Wow, I wrote that such a long time ago. Right now, that is obsolete. If you put a link url into the gallery caption it will work as a url that takes you to the target of the link, i.e. you just need to put (as an example) into the gallery caption for the family and it will be shown in blue and work as expected, opening a new window. This is a recent change by G.

  15. Allan Sutton
    April 12, 2012

    Thank you for your answer.

    Here it what I found: now, when you add one picture to an album, you are given the possibility to share this album. If you do it at that moment, your post consists of this one picture displayed without the usual half-hidden pannel at the bottom indicating more pictures belong to the album. Just the picture, which leads to the whole album. It is not added to “photos from posts”

    If you added two or three pictures, those two or three pictures are displayed side by side.

    If you add more than three pictures, you get the regular behavior, with one picture with a half-hidden index of other pictures in this album.

  16. dave
    January 24, 2014

    Yes. Many things have changed since I first wrote this post, and I’m sure things will change in the future. But I will say that the basics are still true. But yes, you can easily edit your album and move images around.

  17. Bob
    February 15, 2014

    Dave, how do you get the photo and headline to link back to your blog post?

  18. dave beckerman
    February 15, 2014

    Bob – many ways to get photo to link back – but the easiest is to just make a link connection with the link back to the blog post. That will give you a thumbnail. I need to know more – esp. what blog software you’re using. I’m using plugins now to push my posts / images to G+. If your blog is WordPress “self-hosted” I can recommend some good plugins (even though G+ hasn’t released a writable API).

  19. Bob Estremera
    February 16, 2014

    WordPress for me too. Love plugins.

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