How to Post Photos to Google+ From Any Phone
Right now, if you are out and about there really isn’t a good way to post photos to Google+ . If you have an Android phone you are in luck as the native app works well.
My fiend Enrique has an Android device and told me it works like this:
The android app has a dedicated camera app that launches into a process, you snap a photo > say “done” > it shows you an input filed > which circle it’s going to & done.
If you don’t put it in a circle; it is still in your online gallery, just without viewing permissions outside your eyeballs. This is also true for all photos taken with your phone outside the app. The integration is seamless.
I’m sure there will be an iOS app soon enough but, what about other smart phone users? Or even those with regular old camera phones? Well, you could wait until you got home and attach your phone to your computer and then upload that way (assuming you have the right cables, can be a pain on older phones).
There is an easier method which takes a bit of initial set up but will make it easier for you to share. You may even share more using this method than the ‘attach to computer’ method I just mentioned.
The magic? Email to Picasa Web.
First you should know that using this method photos get uploaded to an album and then you manage them when you get back to your computer. By ‘manage’ mean you move the photos into albums you create and shared with just your family or with everyone or what ever. Basically this takes out the uploading hassle. This is similar in concept to Facebook and is not the same experience as twitpic, yfrog, etc. that you get on Twitter.
Ok, here we go… This is detailed to write out (print it if you like) but not hard to do:
First we’ll assume you connected Picasa Web Albums when you set up your Google+ account.
- Go into your Google+ and click on Photos at the top of the screen.
- Click on the ‘Options’ gear at the upper right and the click ‘Photos settings’
- In the center of the General tab you should see a section called ‘Upload photos by email’. Select the box next to ‘Allow me to upload photos by email.
- Enter text in the ‘Enter a secret work’ box. I used a random letter generator. It doesn’t have to be memorable.
- After you enter the secret word you’ll see your new address to email photos to. Copy that down. It is your secret address so keep it safe.
Now, go to your phone or how ever you manage the addresses in your phone and enter that address under an entry that makes sense like ‘Google Share’ or ‘Picasa’, something that makes sense to you. Be careful, that address is long so hopefully you don’t have to type it.
When you are out with your phone, take a picture and use your phone’s email feature. Choose your secret Picasa address from your address book and send it.
Later, when you get get back to your computer, go to Google+ and click the Photos tab a the top. You’ll see an album called Drop Box. Click on Drop Box to open that album and see the pictures.
Click the Organize link just above the photos. You can the select the photos you want (hold the ctrl key down to select more than one) and click the Move button.
You’ll have to option to name your Album so name it something that makes sense. You can leave Visibility alone or make it public if you want. Sharing happens in the next step. Click Continue.
Your new album is created and you should see your pictures in it. Next, click the Share button on the right.
You’ll be presented with the familiar Google+ sharing dialog where you can adjust who the pictures are shared with. Add any text you want to include in the post and click Share.
That’s it. Once you get all the Picasa stuff set up and get the address into your phone, sharing really isn’t that hard.