Album Privacy Settings Explained

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Help & Support | 68 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. Catherine Viera
    June 22, 2015

    My son placed our pictures on photobucket and he is not using the same email and he doesnt remember his password. He has placed all our old pictures and we no longer have copies. It has been years and we still could not get in to retrieve or even see our pictures. Is there a way we could be able to get them? Please advise and contact me as soon as possible.
    Thank you so much if you could help me.

    • Hannah
      June 22, 2015

      Hello Catherine,

      We would be happy to help you! Please contact our support team at so that we can further assist you in accessing your old account.

  2. Auris
    June 1, 2015

    I had two separate accounts with photo bucket in the past one with a “netscape” e-mail it seems and one with an “aim” one. I can access only the “aim” one and have used ALL the methods of recovering forgotten info for the “netscape” one. But the account is not automatically recovered. I am unable to remember the password for it and cannot access it as it has merged with my “aim” network some time ago. Thus even when I reset the password through the e-mail it redirects me to the “aim” account.

    I had an old link to the “netscape” library. However the album is password protected. Those pictures mean a lot to me–is there any way I can access that account?

    • Hannah
      June 16, 2015

      Hello Auris,

      We would love to help you with your old account. Please contact our support team at so that we can look into your account and see if there is a way to recover your old photos. Thank you!

  3. Bryant
    May 3, 2015

    My albums wont appear and when I try to create and album with the same name it saus it already exists yet i cannot see or access it. Help would b greatly appreciated

    • Hannah
      May 4, 2015

      Hello Bryant,

      We apologize for this inconvenience! Please contact our support team at so that we can further assist you with this issue. Thank you!

  4. Joe Johnston
    March 12, 2015

    Hi. I made a load of buttons for my website and hosted them on photobucket. For some reason instead of some of them I’m getting the “sorry, this person moved or deleted this image” message. But I haven’t moved or deleted anything! Why has this happened? It’s a pain in the hoop, can you fix it please?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      March 16, 2015

      Hello Joe,

      We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you! Please contact our support team at so that we can further assist you and get this fixed as soon as possible. Thank you.

  5. Harmony Thompson
    February 27, 2015

    Hi photobucket,
    I just logged into my account looking through some d pictures. I was saving pictures to my phone and my album of over 700 pictures are no where to be found. I’m highly upset. How do I get my pictures back? Please let me know anyone.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      March 2, 2015

      Hello Harmony,

      We apologize for this inconvenience. Please contact our support team at so that we can further assist you. Thank you!

  6. Elizabeth Stratford
    January 17, 2015

    I cannot for the life of me remember my photobucket user name, email, or password. I haven’t been on my photobucket in years and would love to start using my account again. I tried the “I can’t access my email” but it wasn’t helpful. I’m at a loss

    • Hannah Moorhead
      January 19, 2015

      Hello Elizabeth,

      Please submit a request with our support team at so that we can further assist you in accessing your account.

  7. steven k.
    December 30, 2014

    When I logged into photo bucket after a year or so, it says images have been moved or deleted by this person. I have not moved or deleted any photos. It shoes the number of photos in each album but when I click the album it says empty? Can this be fixed? Is there a way to restore this?