When you first set up your new Android phone, you’ll probably notice your Google+ photos (formerly Picasa Web Albums) in your phone’s gallery. Sometimes, even empty albums show up, which makes your gallery look really messy. If you’re like me, they’re pretty irritating and you want to keep your Google+ albums separate from the photos you’ve actually taken on your phone.
Google doesn’t make it obvious how to remove these albums, but thanks to us, we can get those pesky albums out of there. Jump through the break to find out how.
1. Head to your phone’s settings, and scroll down and tap “Google” under the Accounts subheader.
2. In here, uncheck “Sync Google Photos” as well as “Sync Picasa Web Albums.”
3. Once that’s done, you need to clear the application data for your Gallery to reset your albums list.
Head to the application manager in your settings. It could show up as either “Manage apps,” “Application Manager” or “Application Settings.”
4. Scroll down and tap “Gallery.”
5. Tap “clear data.”
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re good to go. Your Gallery will only show the albums that are only on your phone. Much neater. Remember though, if you have Google+ Auto Backup set up for your photos, your backed up photos won’t show up in your gallery anymore, but you can still access them through your Google+ account.