1. Glenn Nelson's Avatar
    Moto X with KitKat (of course). Standard Google Photos app is set to automatically upload to Google+, full size (just heard we are getting upgraded to 2 TB, so no worries!). I would like to delete some photos from my phone, but not my G+ account. But if I delete from phone using Photos app, it asks if I want to "delete everywhere". This is not an option - either yes, or cancel (do not delete anywhere).

    So I can use other photo (and file) managers, such as QuickPic or Astro, but is there anyway to use Google Photos to just delete locally?

    And suppose I went to G+ and moved a photo to an album. If I then delete on the phone, will Google still hunt it down and kill it?
    07-13-2014 04:56 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! What happens if you use the stock Gallery app, instead of the Photos app? I think the Gallery app doesn't allow you to delete a cloud photo anyway, so I think it would only delete locally. Maybe take a test photo that you don't mind losing, and try it out.
    Glenn Nelson likes this.
    07-13-2014 07:37 PM
  3. Glenn Nelson's Avatar
    You're right, the stock Gallery app will not delete the G+ cloud photos. I had forgotten that Gallery even existed. It's simpler to use than Quick Pic. So I'll try to use it in the future if my intent is to leave photos in the cloud. I wish Google would give us more options for Photos app.
    07-13-2014 10:19 PM
  4. opg4759's Avatar
    To delete from the device with the new Photos App go to the navigation menu select --> On Device (you may have to scroll) then delete to your hearts content without worrying about deleting your backups.
    07-30-2014 09:20 AM
  5. ywatanabe's Avatar
    perfect, thank for that info!
    now what if I want to do the exact opposite?
    (delete only from G+ and not my device)

    Also I recently lost my phone and luckily for G+ all my photos were safe!
    I've been downloading some of my favorite photos from G+ onto my phone, and I guess photos app doesn't recognize its the same photo and it shows up twice. I'm not sure how to mitigate this, any help maybe?

    Thanks in advance
    09-04-2014 01:02 PM
  6. RJ-Dallas's Avatar
    I am having the same issue, but vise versa. My photos are uploaded to Google+ photos, and when I try to delete the picture/videos I do not want "backed up" it will delete the original file out of my devise.
    Is there anyway to "turn off" this option on Google+ photos?
    There are just some items I do not want to be backed up. I figure I should have the option to pick and choose what I want to be backed up without deleting every existence of the picture/video ever being taken.

    please advise,
    09-18-2014 02:47 PM
  7. Duhckey's Avatar
    Delete photos or videos from...

    Just your device

    Clear space on your device but keep your photos and videos saved in Google+.

    Open the Photos app .
    Touch the menu icon at the top left > On Device.
    Touch and hold the photo or video you want to delete > trash icon .

    Just your Google+ account

    Keep your photos and videos saved on your device, but delete them from your online account.

    Open the Photos app .
    Touch the menu icon at the top left and then Photos.
    Touch the magnifying glass icon at the top.
    Type "#AutoBackup" in the search box
    Touch the magnifying glass icon at the bottom right of the keyboard.
    Touch and hold the photo or video you want to delete > trash icon .
    Tip: It's easier to do this is on a computer. Learn how


    Delete a photo or video from your device and from your Google+ account. If you delete a photo this way, you'll no longer see it in your Gallery, the Photos app , or your Google+ account.

    Open the Photos app .
    Touch the menu icon at the top left > Photos.
    Touch the photo or video you want to delete > trash icon .
    Tip: Delete multiple or all
    Multiple: touch and hold a photo thumbnail until a check mark appears on it. Touch the other photos you want to delete > trash icon .
    Delete all your photos from Google+: the easiest way to delete your photos from Google+ is on a computer. Learn how (Note: Deleting photos using your computer won't delete them from your device's local storage.)

    02-11-2015 09:26 AM
  8. Magnus Kock's Avatar
    I want to delete photos from google+ as i never accepted it to and dont want my photos there. But no matter what, if i delete the picture in google photos, it deletes it on my device too. Even though i did what you wrote. The app is forcing me to delete from everywhere, i dont have any other option than delete everywhere or cancel
    06-14-2015 03:20 PM
  9. AmyPf's Avatar
    When I do as advised and select then delete using the photos app, I get a blank gray square in Google+ photos where the deleted photos once were. So that's not working for me. What am I doing wrong?
    07-13-2015 07:52 PM
  10. AmyPf's Avatar
    I found another page that told me the answer: Photo app > Menu in top left > Device folders > Select photo > Menu in top right > Delete device copy.

    That's it!
    07-13-2015 10:08 PM
  11. glazedfaith's Avatar
    But no matter what, if i delete the picture in google photos, it deletes it on my device too.
    The simplest option would be to use a file manager to create a copy of all your photos in a different folder on your device, or to move them to your PC before deleting them from Google Photos and then disabling the app or, at the very least, the backup feature.
    07-22-2015 12:38 PM

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