How to Get Your Instagram Photos into Google+

I’ve been playing with Google+ for the past few hours (in between getting “real work” done, of course). I’ve been a little put off by how insular this social networking platform actually is — particularly, in relation to how Google+ is currently not supporting other existing, popular media platforms.

For Google+ photos, you’re currently “stuck” with transferring and managing images your Picasa account — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re used to working in Picasa (which, by the way, is a fantastic, free desktop photo editing tool for any platform).

So, I was trying to think of ways to proactively publish my Instagram photos to Google+ and think I’ve come up with a simple way of doing it through free file sharing service Dropbox in conjunction with yet another service, Instadrop.

Download / install Picasa if you haven’t already.

Download / install Dropbox if you haven’t already.

Authenticate your Instagram and Dropbox accounts with Instadrop. A new folder will appear in your Dropbox folder hierarchy when you publish your next Instagram photo. This service does not save existing Instagram photos to your Dropbox folder.

In Picasa, find the “Add folder to Picasa” feature and add the newly-created Instagram Photos folder (again, which will be created in Dropbox after you publish your next photo). This folder’s location will vary, depending on how and where you’ve set up Dropbox on your system.

Set up Picasa to automatically synchronize the new Instagram Photos folder with the Web. Currently, this feature can be toggled as you’re browsing a particular folder’s items in Picasa on your desktop – there’s a switch in the upper-right of the folder’s title bar area.

You may need to change the sharing permissions for the Picasa folder. If you click the down arrow within the Share button (currently next to a set of icons for the Folder), you can select “Public on the Web” and all should be fine.

Then, your Instagram photos should start to show up as a new album in your Google+ Photos tab. You’ll either need to keep Picasa running in the background or remember to launch it every time you publish a new Instagram photo.

Until Google+ makes it easier to do, you’re going to have to run through these services to share your Instagram photos with your Google+ connections.

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  • http://twitter.com/azhari azhari

    Excellent hack. Are you cooking up something for the Facebook photos as well?

  • http://twitter.com/azhari azhari

    Excellent hack. Are you cooking up something for the Facebook photos as well?

  • http://teejayhanton.com teejayhanton

    You can also setup an email address to email photos to your Picasa account. If you click the gear and go to Photo Settings in Picasa, on the General tab you’ll see an “Upload photos by email” section. Just set up emailing the photos in Instagram to that address and you should save yourself a few steps.

    I say “should” because I can’t seem to get anything to autopost anywhere in my Picasa album, whether through Posterous, emailing, or whatever. Quite annoying, actually. But, it might work for somebody else.

    • Steve Farrell

      tried the same thing, but no joy. would be a much more elegant work around…if it worked.

      • http://teejayhanton.com teejayhanton

        I sent an email to Posterous help about it because I can’t get anything from Posterous to sync with Picasa. They said they’ve been hearing a lot of issues, so I’m wondering if they’re doing updates on the Picasa side that messes with their APIs or changes how some of the incoming emails/pictures are handled … hopefully it resolves itself pretty quickly.

        • Steve Farrell

          i think i figured out why: when you email a photo via instagram it actually is put into a template in the body of the email. picasa doesn’t pluck things out of the body, it’s looking at the attachments and the subject line. i did a test of emailing a photo to picasa with the photo in the body and the photo as an attachment. Attachment works. So if you could find a way to just output the photo as a straight attachment it might work, but the iphone email prog always puts it in the body.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Instagram email has never worked for me. :(

  • http://teejayhanton.com teejayhanton

    You can also setup an email address to email photos to your Picasa account. If you click the gear and go to Photo Settings in Picasa, on the General tab you’ll see an “Upload photos by email” section. Just set up emailing the photos in Instagram to that address and you should save yourself a few steps.

    I say “should” because I can’t seem to get anything to autopost anywhere in my Picasa album, whether through Posterous, emailing, or whatever. Quite annoying, actually. But, it might work for somebody else.

    • Steve Farrell

      tried the same thing, but no joy. would be a much more elegant work around…if it worked.

      • http://teejayhanton.com teejayhanton

        I sent an email to Posterous help about it because I can’t get anything from Posterous to sync with Picasa. They said they’ve been hearing a lot of issues, so I’m wondering if they’re doing updates on the Picasa side that messes with their APIs or changes how some of the incoming emails/pictures are handled … hopefully it resolves itself pretty quickly.

        • Steve Farrell

          i think i figured out why: when you email a photo via instagram it actually is put into a template in the body of the email. picasa doesn’t pluck things out of the body, it’s looking at the attachments and the subject line. i did a test of emailing a photo to picasa with the photo in the body and the photo as an attachment. Attachment works. So if you could find a way to just output the photo as a straight attachment it might work, but the iphone email prog always puts it in the body.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Instagram email has never worked for me. :(

  • Adam Nicholas Burke

    FYI – This also works for Picplz, for all you Android-users out there.

  • Adam Nicholas Burke

    FYI – This also works for Picplz, for all you Android-users out there.

  • brad jackson

    Thank you Chris.

  • Jennifer

    This article was very helpful, thanks! All of my instagram photos are being automatically uploaded to my picasa web album and are viewable to my followers if they are to click on the photos tab on my profile. However the photos aren’t automatically sharing on my feed… did i do something wrong?