How to: Download Photos from Google+

Another day, another update.

Dave Cohen, a Google employee, has been leading the technical advance on Google+ Photos. It looks like he’s the right man for the job as we all now have the ability to download pictures off Google Plus. Some of you might instantly hate the idea of people being able to take your personal photos but don’t fear, there is the option to make your pictures non downloadable. I personally love the idea and judging by the comments from Vic Gundotra’s share of the update, so does everyone else!

Here is how to download photos from Google+ and also how to opt out of the feature:

Step 1

Navigate to the Photos tab on your Google+ profile.

How to download pictures off google plus step one

Be careful where you click this if you have "suggestive" contacts in your circles.

Step 2

Look towards the left side of the page and decide whether you want to download photos from your own albums or from other people’s circles (which you will already be looking at).


How to download pictures off google plus step two

It might not make sense downloading your photos but always a handy feature if you lose the originals.

Step 3

Click on a photo you wish to download, locate the Actions┬ádrop down menu towards the bottom right part of the photo and then click Download photo. It’s as simple as that!

How to download pictures off google plus step three

The photo will be downloaded to your browser instantly.

How to Opt Out of People Downloading Your Google+ Photos

If you don’t like the idea of people downloading your Google Plus pics then an option has been included to disable this. Follow the steps to do so:

Step 1

Navigate to the gear icon in the top right corner of your profile and click Google+ settings.

How to stop people downloading google plus pictures step one

Clicking the gear first will drop down the menu.

Step 2

Simply uncheck the box as seen below and contacts will no longer be able to download your photos.

stop people downloading google plus pics step 2

Never have your pics "stolen" again!

There have been some suggestions that they shouldn’t be downloadable by default anyway, what do you guys think?

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