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Last month we reported that Google’s slick new “Google+ Photos” app that launched exclusively on the Chromebook Pixel could possibly be making its way to Mac. The proof came from a newly posted listing on the Chrome Web Store that made references to auto-uploading features specifically for OS X. Unfortunately, launching the app would give Mac users a “not supported on this platform” error message. While Google has yet to officially launch the Mac and PC versions of the Chrome app, there is a way to bypass the error message and enable the app now.

1. Go to the Google+ Photos app Chrome Web Store page.


2. Right-click the “Add to Chrome” button and select “Inspect Element” (The button will be “Launch App” if you’ve previously attempted to install)

3. Press CMD + F  to enable search in the element inspector and search for “webstore-button-disabled”

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4. Double click the “webstore-button-disabled” text to highlight it in the inspector, delete it, and press Enter.

5. You’ll now be able to hit the “Add to Chrome” (or “Launch App” button).

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6. Click “Run anyway” when prompted about unsupported platforms.

On Mac, the Google+ Photos Chrome app will instantly upload all .jpg files from the default photos folder located at Mac: /Users/yourname/Pictures.

(via GoogleOperatingSystem)


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13 Responses to “How to enable the Google+ Photos Chrome app on Mac”

  1. Didn’t work. “This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled.”


  2. i can’t install in Mavericks.


  3. don’t care for Google+.


  4. Worked for me, do the search from within the main Element window


  5. Paul Harvey says:

    worked for me but doesn`t allow access to iphoto library


  6. Work fine with maverick


  7. Brian Turley says:

    I thought I had the same problem a few others have had… “This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled.” After you see that error, just open up a new tab and look at your available apps. It should be in there.


  8. Genius…worked great on MBP running OSX.8.4, thanks.


  9. mikey gray says:

    work for me on 10.9 sweet thanks


  10. Downloads and fails during installation with “Manifest Invalid” error :-(


  11. Didn’t work for me either because of window overlay, but when I did the same via URL:

    it did work !!! Thank you


  12. pofadda says:

    I tried by removing the above text from its line but still saw the red ‘Not compatible’ button. tried it on the underlying page (…webstore/search/photo) page with similar lack of results. Tried deleting the whole line and – of course – the button just vanished.

    Has underlying code changed? Is anyone able to download from Chrome Version 36.0.1985.143, running under Snow Leopard, please?