Many moons ago, Google added G+ photo backups, a feature that not only keeps pictures backed up with users' Google accounts for safe-keeping, but also allows for quick and easy sharing on Google's social network. Today, the company is offering similarly simplistic sharing of photos with Gmail in the web browser.


As of today, the Gmail web app's "insert photo" button within the compose window's action bar will have access to the photos that are automatically backed up via the Google+ app on smartphones and tablets. If images are organized into albums on Google Photos, then it's even possible to easily share groups of pictures simultaneously. Aside from that, images can now be resized within the compose window by dragging on any corner.


This feature should be rolling out to users beginning today.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • ProductFRED

    I prefer Dropbox/Carousel's auto photo/video backup feature because it actually gives me access to my files instead of syncing them to a social network that nobody uses (I use Hangouts though).

    • Dennis Ulijn

      The fact that Google+ offers 'unlimited' space and makes it way easier to share a webfolder makes it a better service for me. I like dropbox, but mainly for files (office documents and music creation files), because photos takes up way too much space.

      • ProductFRED

        Oh, I have like 55GB because of referrals/Galaxy promotional space. In terms of storage, Google wins, but in terms of ease of use and control, Dropbox wins. I use Google Drive for documents though. If I could get the photos and videos to sync to Google Drive (as files, like with Dropbox), I'd use it over Dropbox. But not when it's going to Google+.

        • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

          I'm the exact same. I use drive for docs, Dropbox for photos. I find it much easier too because then I can just transfer the files that are synced to my computer to my photo folder.

      • mlj11

        I have the same use case.

        What's more, G+ has really good photo editing tools - both in-app and on the web - that DB can't touch (for now).

        Also, the fact that DB necessarily syncs any uploaded photos to my desktop / laptop means they're still tied to physical storage space... With G+ my photos are sorta fully archived on the cloud at zero storage cost to me.

        • Dennis Ulijn

          There's of course the options to sync only certain folders to different PC's, but yeah, Google+ tends to add to the fun of taking pictures with the auto-awesomes and it's easier to watch the photos on your Android/iOS devices.

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        Unlimited space? Unless you pay, you get 15 GB across Gmail, Google+, and Drive.

        • Dennis Ulijn

          ProductFRED was talking about photo/video backup. Google+ photo back-up is free if you let it resize them to 2048px max. Videos up to 15 minutes are free too, so yeah, unlimited*.

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      Me as well!

  • João Deiró

    Maybe they could allow you to access the Auto Backup photos through GDrive?
    I store all my files on a GDrive account and it is an unnecessary pain having to upload the photos all over again after organizing.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      I'm also a control freak when it comes to file hierarchy and I'm all in favour of this!

  • motoridersd

    I just need this on the Android app, and a share with goo.gl URL would be nice from G+

    • abqnm

      If you are on Kit Kat, you can already do this by selecting Photos in the file picker. Older versions, when attaching, just choose the Photos app from the list.

      • motoridersd

        You're right, I can do this on Kit Kat, but what I would like to do is add the images inline to compose a good looking email when on the go. This you cannot do on the Android app, unless I have missed it.

        • abqnm

          Oh yeah, but that is another issue all together. The compose box on Android is just terrible. We need rich text formatting and inline images. Immediately.

          • motoridersd

            Could not agree more!

          • Chi

            Nine months later, we still Don have rtf or inline images available on the app!

  • John

    that picture of those cows are beauuutiful!

    • thegermanguy

      Thats south Germany, come and visit us :)

  • Raine

    how do I take pictures off my puter now and insert to mailing? I am lost today...nothing works

  • wq

    No, thanks. F*** Google+. Give it up, Google, no one's going to euse that cr@p no matter how much you force them.

  • Disappointed

    The insert picture feature was working just fine. I dont need to have my pictures synced to the cloud... why cant I just browse to a file on the computer and insert it.... I dont give a crap about cloud storage etc.