Album Privacy Settings Explained

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Help & Support | 8 Comments

At Photobucket, keeping your memories safe and secure is our main priority. We have several users a week contact us requesting more information on how to update the privacy settings in their account. We whipped together this post to give you a comprehensive overview of how to update your privacy settings. We hope it helps!

Regardless of whether you set your account to public or private, only you have the ability to make changes to your albums. Nobody else can edit, delete, or rename your photos and albums at any privacy level.

To modify your album privacy settings

  1. Click on the Lock icon next to the album title.
  2. Select the Edit link after Privacy Settings.
  3. Choose your privacy level: PublicPrivate, or Private with a Guest Password.



Public Albums

When an album is public:

  • Photos and videos that have tags, titles, or descriptions display in Photobucket search results when someone searches for the terms in the tags, titles, or descriptions.
  • Photos in the album may appear in other search engines like Google or Bing.
  • Users can follow linked photos on other sites back to your album and browse other photos in the album.
  • Photos recently uploaded to the album appear on your Profile page.
  • If you have, photos uploaded to the album will appear in on followers’ Community page.


Private Albums

When an album is private:

  • Photos and videos in the album do not display in Photobucket search results.
  • Your followers will not see photos uploaded to the album.
  • You will not see images you upload to the album on your Profile page.
  • You may share without allowing viewers access to the entire album.


Password Protected Albums

When an album is password protected:

  • Users enter the password in order to view the album.
  • If someone searches for your username, they cannot access your password protected albums unless they have a guest password.
  • Content will not display in search results.
  • Guests to your album can copy and share photos in the album – this cannot be disabled, so only share with people you trust!

Important! Content in private & password protected albums is still subject to our Terms of Use and may be moderated at any time by Photobucket.

Content Privacy

  • Allow others to copy my media: Select this option to publicly display the download option on the full-size view for images, the copy to my album option on the full-size view for images and videos, and allow right-click copy for images. If you turn the option off, it deactivates these features.
  • Allow comments in my albums: This option allows or disallows comments from others on your albums. Select this option to display the comments box in your albums. If you turn the option off, the Comment box is removed from your albums. But who doesn’t want to hear what others have to say?
  • Show where my photos were taken: Select this option to display a link to Google maps in the Photo info panel in the full-size view for your images. If you turn the option off, the GPS data and the link does not display. If your camera does not provide geographical latitude and longitude (GPS data) in the recorded data when you upload your images, the link does not display, even when you have the option selected.
  • When I upload, permanently remove information about where my photos were taken: Select this option to strip any location data from your photos as you upload them. Any uploads that occur after you make this selection will never show location data, even if you choose “Show where my photos were taken” in the previous step.


  • Allow others to follow me: Select this option to allow people to follow you on Photobucket. Followers will see your latest (public) uploads, so they can keep up on all the shenanigans you’ve been up to. If you block all users on the Manage page, this checkbox is unchecked.

Album Privacy

  • Public Albums: Clicking this button makes all your albums public so you can show off how cool you are. Your public albums are visible to everyone and appear in search results.
  • Private Albums: Clicking this button makes all your albums private. Private albums are hidden from everyone, and will not appear in search results.
  • Password Protected Albums: Selecting this means that select albums are only visible to people you invite to view them. The content in these albums does not appear in search results.
Don’t forget to click Save when you’re done!

We hope this helps! If you have any questions about privacy shoot us a message on Facebook or Twitter.  Not on social media? Check out our Help Center.


  1. Forssankuviskoulu-12013
    February 27, 2014

    My site is not working anymore, I cant even sign in because it says: Username or password is incorrect. WHAT?? WHY?? I have but there about hundred photos and linked my library to my website and nothings working anymore!!
    We are childrens art school from Finland and we want to put our art work-photos at internet and we choose photobucket. Can somebody help me??

    Maikku Aho / Forssan kuvataidekoulu

    • Cameron Bradley
      March 8, 2014

      I’ll have someone from Support contact you immediately.

  2. Andrew
    March 2, 2014

    Hi Photobucket,

    For the past month or so I am having trouble embedding photos from my account on one particular forum. I get the the “Sorry, this person moved or deleted this image” graphic.

    I have not moved or deleted the image. It still works on other forums without issue. This problem is consistent across multiple browsers for me. The image linking process on the forum has not changed from when i was able to embed.

    Any ideas?

    • Cameron Bradley
      March 8, 2014

      Hi Andrew,

      I’ll have someone from support contact you right away.

  3. brittney
    March 5, 2014

    i cant remember my password to my photobucket, it’s been so long since i signed on, and my email is not working. how do i access my pictures again??? please help

    • Cameron Bradley
      March 8, 2014

      Hi Brittney! If you remember your username, head on over to Click on the “I can’t access the email I signed up with” option. I hope this helps!

  4. Nick
    July 8, 2014

    Hi, I sent a password protected album link to a client and he was able to see my recent uploads, mobile uploads and FB uploads. These are on the left of the page. Why would you offer a password protection when all the other stuff I’ve uploaded is available to see?


    • Hannah Moorhead
      July 9, 2014

      Hello Nick,

      Did the album you shared with your client have a unique password? If private albums share a password, your client will be able to see them as well. The other possibility would be that those other albums were set to “public”. If you are still experiencing problems please contact us at and we will be happy to assist you further.


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