Instagram on Google+

Here's one we get asked quite often: How do you share from Instagram to Google+? After all, there's no way to automatically post to Google+ from Instagram like there is to Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr. And while that's a shame, it's also indicative of how tightly Google continues to run things with its fledgling social network. And with Facebook having purchased Instagram earlier this year for the paltry sum of $1 billion, it's also something we're not likely to see change anytime soon.

But you can share your pics (and only yours) from Instagram to Google+. It's quite simple, really, even if it's a tad hidden. In fact, you can share Instagram pics to any other app that accepts sharing intents from Android. And it's just one extra step.

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  • Step 1: Take a pic and upload it to Instagram. Easy enough.
  • Step 2: Find your image in your stream. Hit the three dots at the bottom right. (Yes, they're horizontal dots, not vertical dots like most Android menu indications. Go figure.)
  • Step 3: Choose "Share" in the pop-up.
  • Step 4: Choose where to share.
  • Step 5: Post and win!

That's it. Yeah, it's an extra step. (OK, five, we suppose, but whatever.) But it's also the best we've got right now for sharing your Instagram pics to Google+.


Reader comments

How to share Instagram pics on Google+ (or anywhere else)


I will be honest... I share my art works in face and google plus... I get 10 times more view in plus... I'm in process to abandon facebook for this kind of promotion in the moment... Simple Google plus groups are better to spreed your interests.

I don't want EVERY pic I take to be uploaded instantly. And maybe I don't want to share EVERY pic i put on Instagram with Google+

Do I need to have the Google+ app on my phone to do this? I tried it but google+ did not show up in the list of where I could share to. I don't need another app on my phone.

Why can't instagram just allow G+ sharing into its app.. oh wait.. i forgot Google wanted to keep it API private -_-

Damnit Phil! Why do you have to show people how to do this. Now G+ will be flooded with even MORE useless bullshit photos that people take of their food/alcoholic beverages.

Been raining all summer Phil... and this typhoon that just came through ain't gonna stop the rain anytime soon. Enjoy Seoul though it's awesome!

Yeah, I was just sharing directly from the Instagram folder in my gallery, but this is easy if you don't want to leave the instagram app