A Guide on How To Delete All Photos From Google Photos

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If you are tired of the “constant Memory full” notification and “Low Memory pop-ups” and wondering about the solution to this problem, don’t worry; you are at the right place.

Google Photos automatically backs up your photos and videos on every device it is signed on. When the app gets fully loaded with a bulk of data, it slows your device. But you can clear the data by deleting all pictures or only from an album or the gallery. 

Based on my experience, I will guide you on deleting all photos from Google Photos in this article. Just stick to the end so you will smartly handle these problems and troubleshoot them.

Delete All Photos From Google Photos From Any Device

Whether you’re using Android, iPhone, or Windows, you must have made a Google account to sign in which you connected to Google Photos. Now, if that account is overloaded, you might want to free up the space. 

Let’s start with Windows and Chromebook devices. 

Delete Google Photos from Chromebook, Windows, Mac, and Linux

Google Photos provides 15GB of space for the user to save data on a single user account. The 15GB is quite enough for a single user, but if it’s still not enough, you can follow the steps below to completely delete all the photos and videos from Chromebook and Windows devices.

Moreover, the mentioned procedure is for all the browsers accessible on PC. Let’s hop onto the steps.

Tip: Make sure to have a proper backup of your Images. Select a small batch of images so you don’t have to start over again if you leave the scroll key.

  • Log into the Google Photos website.
  • Select the images or videos you wish to delete from Google Photos using the “Shift key” or mouse pad. You can select up to as many images as you want.
Delete All Photos From Google Photos
  • When you select images, they will have a blue tick mark on the top right corner.
Google Photos website
  • Hit the “trash” icon.
Google Photos Trash Icon
  • Finally, hit the “Move to Trash” button to send selected items to the trash folder. After 60 days, images will be permanently deleted. 
Move to Trash
  • Refresh your browser, and you are all done!

A hack: Select 1st photo and press the “Shift” key; drag your mouse to the end to select a significant amount of images and videos at once. 

Delete All Google Photos using Android Devices

Deleting Google photos from Android devices is more accessible than Windows or any Chrome browser, as mobile phones are handy. 

All you need to do is select all your photos and hit the “trash” button to delete them from the Android. Well, let’s move to the step-by-step process.

  • Open the “Google Photos” app.
Delete All Google Photos using Android Devices
  • Click the “Menu icon.” Either you want to delete from photos, videos, or albums.
Menu icon
  • Now, Select the items you want to delete from the app. Ensure the blue mark on the top left corner of selected images.
Select the items
  • Tap on “Trash Icon.”
Trash Icon
  • Tap on the “Allow/ Move to Trash ” to delete the images finally.
Allow Move to Trash
  • Just Move to Trash won’t delete the pictures. You must go to the “trash folder” from the menu buttons and permanently delete them.

Delete All Google Photos from iPhone Devices

Usually, iPhone users save their data in iCloud, but some users avail Google Photos facility. The space that Google Photos offers is enormous. The upgrade and other features are excellent, too. But to free space from Google Photos, you need to follow the guide mentioned below.

Here is a quick method to delete photos on your device.

Head to Google Photos on iPhone> sign in> select images> tap delete.

Now, your memory has free space for new memories. If you want to restore it, tap on the trash button and restore it.

Delete Google Photos from the Cloud Without Deleting Them from the Phone

Suppose you want to keep photos on your phone but not on the cloud and other synced devices. So don’t go anywhere because I will tell you an incredible hack to keep them only on your phone. 

So, the scenario behind this case is If you turn on your Google Backup & Sync on your device, Google Photos will show all your mobile photos there. Once you delete an image on Google Photos, it will disappear from everywhere your Google account is linked to.

So, let’s move to the part where you can delete images from the cloud but not your phone.

Delete Photos from Only Cloud on the Computer  

You must access your Google account from a PC first, then select images from the cloud, not from the gallery.

Then, follow the steps mentioned below on your respective device to delete images from the cloud only.

Head to “Google Photos” on your computer> tap settings> disable “backup and sync”> search  “photos.google.com” on the browser> sign in> select images> hit trash> move to trash.

Delete Photos from Only Cloud on the Phone

Deleting images is accessible on the phone compared to a PC. All you need to do is to turn off backup and sync.

Let’s head to the step-by-step process.

  • Head to Settings
Delete Photos from Only Cloud on the Computer  
  • Select Apps
Select Apps
  • Select Google Photos.
Select Google Photos.
  • Click Permissions.
Click Permissions.
  • Deny Storage Access.
Deny Storage Access
  • Head to the Google Photos app.
Head to the Google Photos app.
  • Select the items you wish to delete
Select the items you wish to delete
  • Select “Delete.”

Permanently Delete Individual and Multiple Photos From Google Photos

The whole procedure to delete individual or multiple photos from any device is the same. You just need to select individual images or videos or multiple images or videos to delete them.

Delete Multiple or Individual Images from the Mobile App

The process mentioned below is for any mobile app from where you want to delete multiple or individual images.

  • Head to the Google Photos app.
Delete Multiple or Individual Images from the Mobile App
  • Select either multiple or individual images.
Select either multiple or individual images
Select either multiple or individual images 2
  • Click the “Delete” button.
Click the “Delete” button
  • Select “Move to Trash.”
Select “Move to Trash
  • Head to “Library”.
Head to “Library”
  • Select “Trash Folder.”
Select “Trash Folder.”
  • Select individual or Multiple images.
  • Hit Delete.
Select individual or Multiple images.
  • Select Delete Permanently.
Select Delete Permanently.

Delete Multiple and Individual Images from the Web App

There is a simple way to delete web app photos, the same as the mobile version.

Follow these steps thoroughly to achieve successful deletion.

  • Visit Google Photos on your browser.
Visit Google Photos on your browser.
  • Select the photos you wish to remove and delete. Either individual or multiple.
Select the photos you wish to remove and delete
Select the photos
  • Click the Trash Bin icon to delete.
Click the Trash Bin icon to delete
  • Hit move to trash.
Hit move to trash
  • Navigate to the trash folder.
Navigate to the trash folder.
  • Select the photos you just deleted.
Select the photos you just deleted.
Select the photos s
  • Click delete permanently.
Click delete permanently.
  • Hit “delete.”
Hit “delete.”

How to Archive Pictures on Google Photos

You don’t always have to delete your photos outright. If you don’t want specific pictures to be shown in the Google photo gallery, then what can you do besides deleting them? 

You can hide those images by moving them to the ARCHIVE folder.

Similarly, like deleting, you can archive images from both Mob or Web App.

Archive Google Photos From Mob App

  • Launch Google Photos.
Archive Google Photos From Mob App
  • Select photos that you wish to hide.
Select photos that you wish to hide.
  • Select Move to Archive. Depending on the device, it can be shown in “more.”
Select Move to Archive

Now, your archive pictures are hidden from the gallery. However, if you still see it in any album, previously add it in the search option.

Archive Google Photos From Web App

  • Head on to the Google Photos.
Archive Google Photos From Web App
  • Select the images and videos you want to hide from the gallery.
Select the images and videos you want to hide from the gallery.
  • Click the three blue dots from top right corner of the app.
Click the three blue dots from top right corner of the app.
  • Select Archive. You also press the shift+A shortcut to archive images.
Select Archive
  • The photos will move to the Archive folder.

You can access the archive folder by navigating to the “Archive” folder under the library tab. 

The photos will move to the Archive folder.

Let’s Protect Synced Google Photos from Accidental Deletion.

Sometimes, when you delete a few images and videos, they are deleted from all over the connected devices and apps. Either accidental or unconscious. But if you want to avoid this accidental deletion, you should follow the below steps.

  • Head to the Google Photos app on your Android or iPhone.
Head to the Google Photos app on your Android or iPhone.
  • Hit “profile” then “Photos settings.”
Hit “profile” then “Photos settings.”
  • Click the “Backup” button.
Backup button
  • Turn off the enabled option of “Backup & Sync.”
Turn off the enabled option of “Backup & Sync.”

After turning off the “backup,” it will look like this.

After turning off the “backup,” it will look like this.

Backup Your Google Photos Before Deletion

You should also backup your Google photos to some other hard drive before deleting them from the app. So, in the future, you will have a bulk of memories and storage to get more images and videos.

You can back up your images by heading to the Google Photos site/app >> remove all the selected backup data from Google Photos. 

So, when you turn on Backup & Sync again, your device data will be backed up by Google Photos again. 

Restore Deleted Google Photos Images 

To restore the deleted images from Google Photos, you need to head to the trash folder.

In the “trash,” all your deleted items stay for the next 60 days from the day day of deletion. You can restore those deleted images just by selecting the images and hot restore button. 

Alternatives to Google Photos Library

As you know, Google Photos is a storage and sharing service for photos or videos. But above that storage, its users can enjoy automatic backup and organization of photos, smart albums, and search capabilities.

Sometimes, it gets so overloaded that users move to other apps that provide the same features and services. But finding an authentic app like Google Photos is difficult, so based on my experience, I’ve collected its few alternatives.

Let’s check these alternatives out.

1.  Flickr

Flikr

One of the best alternatives to Google Photos is Flickr. It’s not only popular but provides the best storage options. Let’s have a look at some of its features.

  • It provides both free and paid versions of the app. 
  • Google Photos is a single-handed app with loops, whereas Flickr has a whole community. 
  • The users of Flickr can share and follow other people’s images and videos. 
  • If your images are above 16 megapixels, then you should opt for Flickr for photo backup with high quality. However, if image compression is not an issue, you can choose Google Photos.

2. One Drive

onedrive

OneDrive is the second alternative to save photos and videos to the cloud. Produced by Microsoft, let’s have a look at some of its features.

  • It provides low storage options as compared to Google Photos but is linked to visual data only. Whereas Google Photos combined “drive and docs” provide 15 GB storage.
  • One drive, as compared to Google Photos, has no direct editing linkage to the local computer. 
  • It is available in both paid and free versions. Paid versions provide you with some extra storage options.
  • Create shareable links with other features.

3. Dropbox

Dropbox is the most popular and flexible cloud-based service. Besides its user-friendly interface, let’s have a look at its features.

  • Google Photos is ahead of Dropbox with high storage compatibility.
  • Google Photos works well with images and files together, but Dropbox is mainly for files but allows photo searches.
  • Searching the result of Google Photos comes with location and faces, which Dropbox can’t.
  • Dropbox has access similar to Google Photos. You can access it on multiple platforms, such as iOS, Android, and Windows. 
  • It provides a free and paid site for a year.
Dropbox

Conclusion

Google Photos is a ubiquitous and useful app in the market, but mostly, its storage issues make users try very new options. Although its alternatives will not provide the best features, it but will resolve storage issues. 

This whole guide will make your work easier and faster on Google Photos. It will help you to delete all types of images and videos in one go or in an individual way.

FAQs

Does delete photos from Google Photos delete from all devices?

Yes, if you enabled the “Backup and Sync” at the time of deletion of Google Photos, your images will be deleted from all the devices your Google Photos account is connected to. 

Can I restore my deleted Google Photos?

If you didn’t have enough storage on your phone, and you deleted images from Google Photos and mobile and wanted to recover some. You can do this. Google Photos has a feature to restore your photos from Google Photos in 60 days.

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