Embedding videos from Google Photo into posts

Embedding videos from Google Photo into posts

Google Photos is my favorite photo and video sharing/storage service but it can be frustrating when I want to embed my Google Photos videos into posts without uploading them to YouTube!

It’s tricky as you can’t embed directly from Google Photos so I’ve written this post to show how you can do it via Google Drive!

Video Embedded via Google Drive

But first let me show you a video that’s been embedded directly from Google Drive!

The following video was created from a series of videos captured during my 7 AM early morning winter walk in Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia.

I created the video to help others learn more about my City.  The videos were combined into one video using VivaVideo on my Android smartphone.

Why Google Drive?  Simple!

I don’t always want to share my videos using YouTube and educators I work with often want an alternative option to YouTube so I need to be able to explain how it is done.

About Google Photos

Why Google Photos if I’m using Google Drive to embed?

Good question!  I use Google Photos for most of the management of photo and video as Google Photos is great for sharing, editing and storing because:

  1. It automatically backs up all my photos and videos taken on my Android smartphone to Google Photos.
  2. Stores the images and videos as full HD and not compressed/low resolution copies like other services.
  3. Automatically organizes my photos based on data, people, locations and is easily searched.
  4. Makes it easily to edit and share photos to social networks.
  5. It includes an Assistant which allows me to easily create Albums, Shared Albums, Collages, Animations and simple videos using the app on my phone or via my web browser.

Google Photos makes it quick and easy to do so many different tasks except embed videos directly into posts.

This is where Google Drive or another video hosting solution is needed if you don’t want to use YouTube.

Embed video via Google Drive

Here’s how to embed your Google Photos video via Google Drive:

1. Log into Google Drive in the web browser on your computer using the same gmail account you use for Google Photos.

2.  Click on Google Photos folder in the left sidebar (images and photos are automatically added to Google Drive).


3. Click on the video or photo you want to embed and then click on the More icon and select Share.

Click on Share

Videos take some time to upload to Google Drive from Google Photos.  If the video has only recently backed up to Google Photos it mightn’t appear for awhile in Google Drive.

4.  Click on Advanced option in Share window.

Click on Advanced

5.  Click on Change next to Private.

Click on Change

6.  Click on On – Any one with a link or On – Public on the web and then click on Save. 

Link Sharing

7.  Click on Done to close the Share window.

8.  Click on the More icon and then Open in new Window link.Click on Open in new window

9.  Click on the More icons and then Embed Item link.

Click on Embed

10.  Copy the embed code.

Copy the Embed code

11.  Paste the embed code into your post using Insert Embed in the Add Media Window and then click Insert into Post.

The method you use will depend on the website or blog platform you use.  This is how you do it on Edublogs and CampusPress networks.

Insert embed code

12.  Once your post is published you’ll see your video embedded.

Your Tips or Questions?

Hope this information helped!

Please leave a comment below to provide tips on how you share your videos or let me know if you have any questions.

15 thoughts on “Embedding videos from Google Photo into posts

  1. Thanks for this useful guide – but I wonder if Google has changed as I wasn’t able to follow all the steps?

    First, on your Step 3, I didn’t find a popout icon. But that didn’t seem to matter as Steps 4-8 worked fine.

    But on Step 9, the More icons buttons have moved, and no longer include “Embed item”.

    Unless I’m missing something, that means you can’t embed from Google Drive or Photos any more?

    Thanks again, Charles

  2. Thanks very much for your answer, Sue. In fact, in the meantime, I worked it out from other sources – although they are quite few and far between – and have written it up in my blog here before I forgot: http://chblm.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/how-to-embed-photo-or-video-from-google.html. I’ll put a link to your fuller, illustrated explanation at the bottom of mine.

    PS: I love your family history pictures. The reason I’m interested in embedding is to find a way to present family history pictures on a dedicated website while hosting them on Google, which I think will be safer in the long term. This method looks like it will work, but is quite laborious for a lot of pictures of course. Thanks again.

  3. not being critical, feel free to delete comment after correction,
    albumns = albums
    Excellent post, just what I was after.
    Also, one other great thing about google photos, if you use their compression method, they allow unlimited storage amount, still HD quality, but just using their method.
    Not many drives online allow unlimited storage, so this is a huge plus in my opinion.

    1. Hi Colin, thanks for letting me know. For some reason I continually misspell albums. I’m aware of it so watch out for it but most have missed it in this post! I agree. There unlimited storage amount is great.

  4. Great! Thanks I didn’t know Google Photos had ’embed’ options…. but I believe you can also achieve the same on YouTube by publishing videos as ‘unlisted’.
    Good alternative, as you said, for clients who refuse to use YouTube ^_^

  5. Great write up Sue! I can’t believe how well buried this is within Google Drive, but works perfectly. Until now I’ve been uploading videos to YouTube then embedding, but this really doesn’t suit me when the video is slightly more private and intended for my blog. This is a much better solution. Thanks!

    1. Haha, sorry, but I can’t help but remark on your statement that certain videos are ‘slightly more private and intended for my blog’. bit of am oxymoron, isn’t it 😛

  6. Thanks for the post Sue!
    I have been looking for a video embedding solution for a while myself and was disappointed that Photos does not support that feature yet (despite the video playback feature heavily uses youtube backend technologies)…

  7. It appears to work! Thanks! I wonder if instead of embedding a single particular video, one can do this for a whole bunch (from Google Photos via Drive)? I will find out…….
    Now I have to figure out how to do this for videos generated on my phone using the DJI Osmo Mobile app (which do not seem to automatically back up to Google Photos).

    1. Hi Paul, glad to hear it worked! It isn’t possible to embed a whole bunch at the same time. If you were using YouTube you would set up a YouTube Playlist. Probably only auto uploads videos that are created using the inbuilt video option in the camera.

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