SmugMug is a popular photo sharing and hosting platform that allows users to
create different types of galleries. One useful but lesser-known feature is
the ability to create unlisted galleries that are not publicly viewable but
can still be shared with select people. This guide will explain what an
unlisted gallery is, why you may want to use it, and step-by-step instructions
for creating and sharing unlisted galleries on SmugMug.
An unlisted gallery on SmugMug is a gallery that does not appear in search
results or public listings of your galleries. It is essentially a “private”
gallery that can only be accessed directly by people you share the specific
gallery URL with.
Here are some key things to know about unlisted galleries:
Unlisted galleries are useful for sharing event, family, or other personal
photos that you don’t necessarily want completely public but do want to share
with selected friends, family, event attendees, etc.
Here are some common reasons you may want to use an unlisted gallery on
The main advantage of unlisted galleries is that they allow you to share
galleries selectively while keeping them hidden from public view. You retain
full control over who can see the gallery.
Creating an unlisted gallery on SmugMug is straightforward. Just follow these
If you don’t already have a SmugMug account, you’ll need to sign up for
one first. Make sure you’re logged into your SmugMug account before
From your SmugMug dashboard, click on the “Create Gallery” button to start a
On the gallery setup page, add a title and description for your gallery. You
can keep the default URL or customize it if you wish.
Under the “Privacy” section, choose the “Unlisted” option. This will make the
Add photos to your gallery from your computer, SmugMug folders, or linked
cloud sources like Dropbox. Organize the photos within the gallery.
Once you’ve added photos and are happy with the gallery, click “Save” to
create the unlisted gallery.
To give access to your unlisted gallery, you need to share the specific
gallery URL with each person you want to grant access.
You can find the gallery URL by clicking “Share” on your gallery after saving
it. Share this URL directly with selected people or via email invitations.
That’s it! Your unlisted SmugMug gallery is ready to share with your selected
audience while remaining hidden from public view.
Once you’ve created an unlisted gallery, there are a couple options for
Share URL directly – Copy and send people the
gallery’s unique URL to provide direct access. Useful for sharing via
email, messaging apps, etc.
Email invitations – Use SmugMug’s invitation tool to
generate email invites that contain the gallery link. You can customize
the message and track who views the gallery.
Password protection – For an additional layer of
privacy, you can password protect the gallery when first creating it, then
share the password separately from the link.
Social sharing – If you want to share a few select
images from the gallery publicly on social media, you can do so without
making the whole gallery public.
The advantage of the unlisted gallery is that even if you share a few images
publicly, the gallery itself remains private and unlisted.
As the gallery owner, you have full control and can manage access over time:
Unlisted galleries give you flexibility in who can view your galleries now or
in the future.
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While unlisted galleries are useful in many cases, they may not be the best
solution for all private sharing needs on SmugMug.
Some downsides or limitations to consider:
For some use cases, creating fully private SmugMug galleries or using
time-limited sharing platforms like Dropbox may be better options to consider.
The ideal solution depends on your specific needs.
You can access the gallery URL by clicking “Share” on your gallery, then copy
the URL displayed there. This is the direct link you’ll need to share access
to your unlisted gallery.
Yes, you can add password protection to an unlisted gallery for an extra layer
of security. On the gallery privacy settings, check the “Require password” box
when first creating the gallery.
Absolutely. As the gallery owner, you can return to the privacy settings at
any time and change an unlisted gallery to be fully public if you choose to do
No. Unlisted galleries will not appear in any public search engine results or
public SmugMug gallery listings since they are designed to be private.
If you delete an unlisted gallery, it will immediately become inaccessible to
anyone you previously gave the URL to. All photos will be deleted from
SmugMug’s servers as well.
Unlisted galleries provide a simple way to share your SmugMug photos privately
with selected people. By keeping your gallery unlisted, you can control who
views it while still leveraging SmugMug’s powerful photo sharing and
management tools. Just be sure to share the gallery URL carefully, organize
related galleries into folders, and manage access over time to get the most
out of unlisted galleries.