You have your reasons as to why a picture or video needs to be deleted. We don’t judge, and we probably shouldn’t know everything you snap and record in life. But we can help you throw away things you don’t want anymore. Google Photos is a brilliant cloud storage solution for pictures and videos, but you may not know that deleting them isn’t quite as seamless. There’s an extra step involved if you really want to avoid a specific picture or video from appearing again.
Today we’re helping you permanently delete pictures and videos from Google Photos.
1. Open Google Photos, or download the app from the Play Store if you don’t already have it. The app should automatically give you a grid of pictures and videos on your device.
2. Look at the pictures and videos in the grid. Is there anything you want to get rid of? Long-press the first one, and then just tap each one thereafter. Google Photos will highlight the selected content. Once you’ve selected which pictures and videos are no longer wanted, you can hit the trash can icon at the top right of the app. It’ll move the selected items to the trash; however, they’re not completely gone just yet.
3. Swipe from the left side to expose the slideout menu. Choose Trash.
4. Now you’re seeing everything you’ve deleted (or though you deleted) from Google Photos in the last 60 days. Because you may have regrets, Google doesn’t immediately dispose of pictures and videos that were originally intended to be disposed. So you have the opportunity to either perform last-minute reversals or delete permanently. And you can choose to get rid of everything at once rather than picking out specific items. For those of you who want to go scorched earth mode, just hit the dropdown icon at the top right and choose “Empty trash.” Continue reading if you’re not ready to let go of everything right now.
5. If you want to get rid of just one item at a time or at least pick and choose, you can long-press the first one and tap each thereafter. It’s the same style as Step 2. The difference, though, is that this trash can icon makes things permanent. After you hit it, Google Photos will display a confirmation message. Hit “Delete” and the content is gone forever.
If you have any questions about Google Photos, just let us know in the comments section.