Even if Google Photos has worked well for you, there may come a time when you’ll need to delete your photos and your account.
Fortunately, this process is straightforward enough that it just takes a few minutes to follow the steps necessary to clear your Google Photos camera roll.
Let’s take a quick look at how you can delete all of your pictures from Google Photos permanently.
How do I Permanently Delete Photos from Google Photos?
As mentioned, deleting your photos from Google Photos is a fairly painless process. After backing up your photos to your device or another cloud storage platform, you’ll just need to follow a few steps to clear your camera roll and remove the photos.
Backup Your Photos
First, unless you don’t care about the photos in your Google account, you’ll want to back them up to your device or another storage service.
You can easily backup anything as Google allows you to grab large groups and even albums of photos at a time. All of which will be compressed down into a nice, tiny .zip file for easy storage. If you’re hoping to save all of your photos, you’ll need to find a backup service like Amazon Prime Photos . Save all photos to your device or an external hard drive and complete a backup with another service.
Remember that Google Photos is likely synced up to your mobile device, so any photos deleted in Google Photos will also be deleted from your device.
You should also turn off the “Back up and sync” feature in Google Photos on your mobile device. This will make it so that your photos taken with your mobile device will no longer sync back to Google Photos.
Delete Photos Using the Web Browser
Removing your photos from Google Photos is simple on a web browser. To do so, follow these steps:
- Log into Google Photos
- Tap Albums located on the right-hand side
- Click on one of the albums
- Hover over the first picture until you see a white checkmark
- Click the checkmark so it turns blue
- Scroll all the way down (users have reported you can highlight 500 photos at one time)
- Hold the Shift key and click on the last photo
- Head to the upper right-hand corner and click the trash can icon
- Confirm deletion
Once this is done, head to your ‘Recently Deleted’ folder and clear it out. Otherwise, your photos will still be available in Google Photos for a short time before being permanently removed.
Deleting Photos from the Mobile App
Deleting photos from the mobile app takes a little more time. To remove images and videos, try these steps:
- Open the Google Photos App on your mobile device
- Tap Photos in the lower left-hand corner if it’s not showing your pictures
- Long-press the first photo
- Individually tap each photo after that
- Once everything is selected, tap the trash can icon located in the top right-hand corner
- Tap Move to Trash
You can do this by album or for your entire camera roll.
Removing Photos From Your Mobile Device
Removing all photos only from your device and not Google Photos will allow you to free up room on your phone while still keeping all of your photos safe and sound. There are a few ways to go about this:
Option 1: Launch Google Photos on your phone and select a photo for removal. Then tap the three-dots icon toward the top to open the menu. Then just choose ‘Delete from Device,’ and that photo will be removed from your phone but not Google Photos.
Option 2: Head to Settings in Google Photos and choose ‘Free up device storage.’ This will let you know that the photos have been backed up to Google Photos and you can tap on Remove to rid your device of all the photos.
Option 3: This is the typical removal option. Just open your Photos Gallery and move all photos to the trash bin. You can delete multiples in this way as well.
Are You Still Seeing Your Photos on Google?
If you’ve followed the steps we’ve mentioned you’ve successfully deleted your photos out of Google Photos. But, you may still see items populate meaning that Google has your content somewhere.
If this is happening to you, it may be pulling images from the device you’re on, or it could be pulling from a sister app like Google Drive. Open Google Drive and check for your images there.
Your backup settings on your phone may give you clues where your photos are stored. If they’re backing up to Drive, you’ll have to delete them there as well. As mentioned previously, you’ll also want to dump your ‘Recently Deleted’ folder in the app or web browser.