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Google+ backed up photos can now be easily shared through Gmail

Today Google is rolling out a new "insert photo" button for the web version of Gmail, making it easy to attach G+ backed-up photos.
April 15, 2014

If you’re like myself, you probably use your phone for the vast majority of the pictures you take and only break out the DSRL for the ‘big stuff’. More than likely, this also means you already have all your photos auto-backed up to the cloud.

Backing up to the cloud is a great way to ensure that your photos remain protected and easily shared, regardless of what happens to your phone. With that in mind, Google is now making the sharing process even easier thanks to a new photo attachment button in Gmail. At least for now, the new button is only for the web-version of the email service. Of course, adding a G+ backed-up photo is already possible on Android 4.4 KitKat using the Photo app.


So what exactly does the “insert photo” button do? In short, clicking the button brings up a “Google Photos” box that contains all your automatically and manually uploaded G+ photos. You simply select the photo you wish to share as either an attachment or inline, and that’s about it. In addition to sharing individual photos, it’s also possible to share entire albums as well.

The new photo insert button might not be a massive change, but it’s still a welcome way to easily share your photos from Google+, and will be rolling out starting today.