How to delete photos from Google Photos but not your smartphone

Google Photos is an application that is available on both Android and iOS. Because it is cloud-based software, this means that all storage files are online. Thus, smartphone users can make use of this application to free up storage on their devices.

However, some prevailing privacy issues arise with pictures being stored on cloud-based software. As with everything that can be found on the internet, there are always chances that another party can view these pictures. In this article, we will show you how to delete photos from Google Photos but not your smartphone.

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Solutions and steps to follow

Some users may face issues when the same Google account is linked to multiple devices. There are two methods listed below that may help you delete your photos from Google.

Method 1: Deleting from your Google Photos on your smartphone

This method is suitable for Android and iOS device users. It is relatively simple and easy to follow.

  1. From your home screen, locate and tap on the Google Photos app.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account that contains all the photos.
  3. At the top of the screen, tap on the menu option. The icon for the menu option is three horizontal lines.
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Under settings, disable the Backup-and-sync function on all the devices that are saving images to Google Photos. This is to ensure that the images are not re-uploaded to the application after deletion.
  6. Scroll through the images you have on Google Photos. Touch and hold down the images you wish to delete until the image is selected. You may select more than one image.
  7. At the top right-hand corner, tap on the trash can icon. This will move all the selected images to trash. They would be stored here for 60 days in case you wish to retrieve them again.
  8. To permanently delete all the media files in your bin, select the menu icon again.
  9. You can delete each individually, or choose the delete all function available.

Method 2: Deleting from your Google Photos on your laptop

This method requires you to use a PC as well as your smartphone to delete the photos on cloud-storage software, Google Photos.

  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 in Method 1. After these steps, you’ll be sure images will not be re-uploaded to Google Photos after deletion.
  2. On your laptop, search in your browser for
  3. Sign in to the website using your Google account that your smartphone is connected to.
  4. Find the images you have saved on Google Photos. Hover your cursor on the images you wish to delete. Check the little tick icon on the top left corner of the media files. It is possible to click on more than one image at any one time.
  5. There should be a trash bin icon at the top right-hand corner of the webpage. This will move all the images to Trash. After 60 days, the images will be deleted permanently.

Method 3: Disabling the permissions for Google Photos on your device

This works for Android users.

  1. Find and tap on the Settings application on your Android device
  2. Go to Apps, then select Google Photos.
  3. Find the setting called Permissions. Under this setting, toggle the button to turn off the storage option.
  4. Follow Method 1 or 2 to delete the photos already on Google Photos.

Closing words

The internet is a double-edged sword. While it brings us the benefit of extra storage space, it can compromise privacy. Always remember to take steps to protect your privacy.