How to automatically share photos with family and friends in Google Photos

Google Photos Library Lifestyle
Google Photos Library Lifestyle (Image credit: Hayato Huseman / Android Central)

Google Photos is one of the best ways to manage and store all of your pictures and videos. With simple cloud backups and powerful search features, it makes saving all those precious memories as easy as can be.

If you find yourself storing a lot of stuff in Google Photos, you'll want to take advantage of a feature called "Live Albums." This automatically adds photos of the people and pets that you choose to their own respective albums, taking out some of the stress of managing all your various pictures. Here's how to use it!

How to create a Live Album on Google Photos

If you're ready to get started with Live Albums on Google Photos, doing so is quite easy. Let's get started:

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Tap the Library tab at the bottom.
  3. Scroll down a little bit.
  4. Tap New album.Source: Android Central

  1. Tap Select people & pets
  2. Select the people and pets you want to include.
  3. Tap Confirm at the top-right when done.
  4. Add a title to your album to save it.Source: Android Central

With all that said and done, you now have a Live Album on Google Photos that'll regularly be updated with new pictures and videos of the people and pets you added. This is something that works in the background on its own, meaning you never have to worry about going in and manually adding photos. Once you have a Live Album created, you can then share it with contacts using Google Photos' built-in messaging feature.

This is also something that works on any Android phone, so whether you have one of the best Android phones or a budget offering, you can use the feature exactly the same.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.