How to Save Photos from Shared Albums to Photos Library?

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How to Save Photos from Shared Albums to Photos Library

Are you struggling to save photos from shared albums to your Photos library? Look no further! In this article, we will guide you through the process step by step, ensuring that you can easily save those precious memories to your personal collection.

Whether you're using a computer or a mobile device, we've got you covered. So let's dive in and learn how to save photos from shared albums to your Photos library!

What are Shared Albums?

Shared albums are a feature provided by various platforms, such as Apple's iCloud Photos and Google Photos. They allow users to create collaborative albums and invite others to contribute or view the shared content. It's a convenient way to gather and organize photos from different individuals, events, or trips.

Saving Photos from Shared Albums on Android

Using Google Photos App

  1. Open the Google Photos app on your Android device.

    Saving Photos from Shared Albums on Android

  2. Tap on the "Library" tab located at the bottom.
  3. Select "Albums" and find the shared album you wish to save photos from.
  4. Tap on the album to open it.
  5. Locate the photo you want to save and tap on it to view it in full screen.
  6. Tap the Share button, represented by an upward-pointing arrow.
  7. Choose the "Save to device" option to save the photo to your device's gallery.

Downloading Photos to Device

  1. Open the shared album in the Google Photos app.
  2. Tap on the three-dot menu icon located at the top-right corner.
  3. Select "Download all" to save all the photos from the shared album to your device.

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Saving Photos from Shared Albums on Computer

Using iCloud Photos on Mac

  1. Open the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Go to the "Shared" tab in the sidebar.
  3. Select the shared album you want to save photos from.
  4. Click on the photo you wish to save.
  5. Go to the "File" menu and choose "Export" to save the photo to your desired location.

Using iCloud Photos on Windows

  1. Launch the iCloud for Windows app on your computer.

    Saving Photos from Shared Albums on Computer

  2. Click on the "Photos" option.
  3. Select the shared album you want to save photos from.
  4. Choose the photo you wish to save.
  5. Right-click on the photo and select "Export" to save it to your preferred location.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Photos Not Syncing

If you're experiencing issues with photos not syncing between shared albums and your device, try the following steps:

  • Ensure that you have a stable internet connection.
  • Check if the shared album is set to sync properly in your device's settings.
  • Restart your device and open the Photos app again.

Access Denied Error

If you encounter an "Access Denied" error while trying to save photos, make sure you have the necessary permissions to access the shared album. Contact the album owner and request access if needed.

Insufficient Storage

If you're unable to save photos due to insufficient storage on your device, consider freeing up space by deleting unnecessary files or transferring existing photos to an external storage device.


Saving photos from shared albums to your Photos library is a straightforward process that varies slightly depending on the platform you're using. Whether you're an iPhone user, Android enthusiast, or a computer user, you can easily save and enjoy the shared memories captured by your friends and loved ones.


How do I save photos from a shared album to my library?

To save photos from a shared album to your library, open the album and select the photo you want to save. Then, use the appropriate option, such as "Save Image" on iPhone or "Save to device" on Android, to save the photo to your device's photo library.

Why can't I save photos from a shared album on iPhone?

If you are unable to save photos from a shared album on iPhone, it could be due to limited permissions or a technical issue. Make sure you have the necessary access to save photos and check your internet connection. If the problem persists, try restarting the device or contacting Apple Support for further assistance.

How do I download all photos from a shared album on my iPhone?

Currently, the Photos app on iPhone does not have a direct option to download all photos from a shared album at once. You can save individual photos by opening them and using the "Save Image" option. To download all photos, you may need to use a third-party app or access the shared album on a computer to download the entire album.

How do I move photos from shared to albums on iPhone?

To move photos from a shared album to your personal albums on iPhone, you need to save the photos to your device's photo library first. Once saved, you can create a new album or add the photos to an existing album by selecting the photos, tapping the Share button, and choosing the "Add to Album" option.

Will photos stay in a shared album if I delete them?

If you delete a photo from a shared album, it will be removed from the album for all participants. However, deleting a photo from your personal library will not remove it from a shared album. Only the album owner or contributors with the necessary permissions can remove photos from a shared album.

Do shared albums take up storage?

Shared albums do not directly consume additional storage space on your device or cloud storage. The photos in a shared album are stored in the cloud and shared among participants, so they do not contribute to your individual storage quota. However, if you choose to save photos from a shared album to your personal library, they will occupy storage on your device.

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