How to permanently delete pictures and videos from Google Photos

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.

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.

  • Candra

    On my Samsung galaxy note n7000 didn’t work, already and turn off sync photos on google+ clean data still available on my gallery please help me

  • Darren Ambridge

    Why not just long press on Picasa and select “remove online server”? Much quicker. HTC One X

  • nathan


  • Kara

    Thanks so much.. so easy.

  • MarrkDaviid

    Suspected this was the case, nice guide!

  • rbriguera

    Easy. . . Thanks!

  • Hoang Anh Tuan


  • Marlowe

    Thank you…

  • Angie

    Finally thanks so much

  • ShirlinOz

    I don’t have GALLERY in the Application Manager

    • Aditi

      same here :( I dont have galery in tha application manager :(

  • joanie

    this was good information for me I have a T-Mobile T-599 phone. I have went back to the store and called several times to try to find out how to remove pictures from my Gallery on my phone, guess what no one could help me with this. Until I went to google and type in this question, no one at the T-Mobile store could help me. They were clueless even the Manager could not help me, she told me you just have to live with them in your gallery. But I knew there was a way I could remove photos from my Gallery and have only the pictures I wanted in there. Thanks for the help I have bookmarked this page for future references

  • veryeasilydistracted

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • salam roben singh

    Thanq for you endless help

  • Noona

    Thank you thank you thank you, genius!

  • Key

    not letting me un-check anything

  • Sienna Mancini

    i can’t delete photos in my gallery. no matter what I’ve tried, they are still there. anybody help!!

    • syed

      Try to delete from file manager

  • Sharon

    appreciate this! it’s always an eyesore for me to see ’empty’ ‘un-deletable’ albums by picasa, but now it’s all cleared up, thanks to you!

  • Darryl

    Oh my god, thank you so much. I’ve been trying to figurr how to change sync setting for so long!

  • Knoi

    Since I followed this advise, my insomnia is gone, I drink less coffee and I have become a fully functioning social individual. I am now more sexually attractive to the opposite sex! The word “Picasa” has ceased to be a psychological trigger. My uncontrollable rages are gone! Thank you so much. I am crying with gratitude right now; my handkerchief is dripping wet with tears.

    • Here’s Johhny!

      You rock dude

  • Guest


  • Robert Osborne


    So much better, my OCD is appeased

  • ShirlinOz

    Thank you very much

  • felisha marie

    It didn’t work for me. I deleted the pictures from google + and did everything you said but its still there

  • felisha marie

    Nvm got it now. I had to uncheck more than just picasa albums

  • Grateful

    OMG, THANK YOU!!!!!! If I could kiss you, I would!! SMOOCHES!!!!!!!

  • THANK YOU!!!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH I LOVE YOU!!!! (That sounded a little weird…) but SERIOUSLY THO, THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • Mona

    Thank you ssooooooooooo much!!! you’ve been a great help!!!

  • aman

    thank u sooooooo much….:) :)

  • Tgoetz

    Will this delete all the photos on my SD card, too??? I don’t want to lose all my photos, I just don’t want the picasso pix on there

  • Bruno Florindo

    You have to click on your email address (above Privacy, not seen on your screenshot), and then you’ll find the option to uncheck “sync google picasa web albums”.

  • marzieh

    its been long time i coudnt find how 2 del picasa thaaaaaank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu kissssssssssssssssss

  • Master

    I have 2 accounts , I forgot all the informations also the password ans email i dont want that my father will see it? can you help me how to delete my account in youtube?

  • Rang

    then you can simply clear the data in Galary

  • sunny

    thank you very much aditya… you are really a gem.

  • Leslie

    there isn’t “Gallery” in the app!

    • Photown

      go under ALL the very right tab, its not in Downloads for my Galaxy S4 at atleast

  • Leslie

    There isn’t “gallery” under the Application Manager in my Android phone. Please help!

  • mary

    OMG THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! This worked perfectly, you have saved my sanity.

  • ethan

    Dude you freaking rock… THANK YOU

  • Karrinna Osorio

    You rock ….!!!!

  • khesha

    Thank you its help me a lot..:-)

  • jimmy

    Thank you a lot

  • Kumaran Srinivasan

    Seriously. .u are more awesome than google… perfectly explained. .. if u like pls add me to all your future blogs

  • Debbie

    Honestly, this is perfect! I have been trying to remove these pictures and have had no luck. You explained it perfectly. Thank you so much!

  • shevey

    Same here!! Thank You Very Much!! THOSE picassa photos are a pain in the patootie. :-) much neater! Yes. Perfectly explained.

  • ailsa

    Will this definitely not remove my other albums, just the picasa auto backup one?

  • lex

    thank you !!! its giving me head ache how to get rid of those photos..u made me finally removed it…way easy ….thankssss

  • bashy

    thanks alot for the perfect solution.. those albums were really irritating

  • Munekababy

    Omg!! U are a life saver..I had tried everything to the point i was going insane. No more Headaches and annoying Pictures everywhere. Loved the explanation so simple to do. Really I appreciate it.. Thanks a million. :)

  • guest

    Thank you!!

  • grateful person

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been trying to get rid of it for days i even reset my phone finally its gone. Thank you so much

  • mreonet

    Thank you!

  • Grace Chen

    I keep on trying this and it works (initially!) but then the next morning I’ll come back and all the picassa albums are back again! When I check my accounts, I see that the sync is still off, so I don’t understand what’s going on!

    • Erika Hoffman

      Make sure you go into your Gallery settings and uncheck all the sync with your gmail account, picasa, etc. options that apply to you and not just one of those. That solved the same problem for me.

  • krisxing-you

    Thank you so much!

  • Dirty Shirt

    What your trying to do is delete stock photos in your profile album.

    You have to log into the google plus website and delete the photos and albums there then when google syncs your phone the pics and albums are gone. Took me 3 hours to figure it out. All the above info does is clear them temporary till google and the phone sync.

  • e

    THANK YOU SO MUCH this was driving me crazy.

  • Matthew

    Thank you! I was going crazy trying to do it on my own after updating my Android version today

  • wildtrail

    This does not work! Followed it to the letter several times and they are still there. Is there a real way to get these dumb albums out of my gallery WITHOUT losing them permanently? I don’t want to delete them from the picasa site (as I can’t any way I have found) and never have them again. Is there a REAL solution? As, un-syncing and clearing data does an absolute zero. Please help! I have around 10 picasa albums in my gallery and i turned off EVERYTHING under the google account.

  • Swarna

    Thanks a lot!! I was trying this since a long time,but couldn’t make it.Now its done.

  • alisa

    how do i get the photos off my samsung 4s to a place where i can get them printed?

  • meeka

    Thank you so very much it was becoming so annoying.

  • Tim Waller

    This does not work in 4.1.2 there is no option to check for picasa web folders only a sync option

    • Kiril

      Google Photos, Google+ Photos > uncheck them > erase data from Gallery > Done :)

      • Monica

        Does this remove any actual picture files? Been trying to find this out, because I just upgraded to Galaxy 4s, so I don’t want to lose my pictures from previous phone. Thank you.

      • Dave

        Still comes back once you refresh the gallery… 4.4.2

  • Chantal

    Thank you so much!

  • nesh nesh


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    • Hiya

      Go to seettings in your gallery, there should be a switch next to something that says, Sync with WiFI only or something like that, turn the switch off.

  • stephanie

    what if I don’t see the gallery app?

  • Maybe Baby

    Thank you so much for helping me fix this annoying problem x

  • Natalie

    Thank you!!! I have been racking my brain on how to do this!

  • Dasun Wanaguru

    thank you very much for this valuable information !

  • Jimmy fee

    Worked a treat..if they reappear after you sink again you have not done it right yet..

  • Debasish

    Thanks for the info

  • Kiera

    Thank you so much; it was driving me crazy!

  • Olivia

    If I tap “clear data” under Gallery settings, will it delete ALL of my photos or just the one’s from my Google+ account thing? The Picasa ones only, right?

    • Stephen Goodwin

      just the synced ones.

  • Big Pete Bondurant

    THANK YOU so much! I have a random 6 year old Picasa album that I just could not get rid of on my phone. Ever after I deleted the pics from Picasa. Go figure. This worked like a charm. If you follow the instructions to a T, this will only delete the Picasa albums, not what’s in the camera. Awesome.

  • Trevor Grant

    This just does not work. Google keeps putting the photos back.

    • Dave

      yep. works for a moment, then they come back….

    • Stephen Goodwin

      You probably didn’t turn off your Google+ Photos and Picasa Web Album Sync in your accounts and sync section of your google account…

  • Michael Horseman

    You’re without doubt the best tech help I’ve ever had. Thank you so much for this information. A+++

  • Faye

    Very helpful! Plus an elaborated guide. THANKS! :)

  • lawjur

    awesome job! thanks a lot.

  • Noreen

    Brilliant thank you so much for the clear instructions … bless you.

  • ashhdvdvv5156

    Thanks was bugging the hell outta me very easy with thia

  • Raju

    Thanks a lot man..

  • Jassie

    Oh my god, you don’t even know how much I love you. Thank you, thank you. I was so frustrated, you solved my problem so easy. I am super happy now :) you are a life saver, thanks again!!!

  • shakira

    Will it clear the camera pics too?

    • Stephen Goodwin


  • robert arriaga

    thank you so much

  • bloodoggy05

    I searched all over for a solution, this was the ONLY thing that worked! Thank you so so so much, from a very frustrated and non-technical person.

  • Sandra Williamson

    Found no Sync photos for Google, Picasa, only to sync 4 Gmail accounts. Looked for any G+ but found none. Cleared data for Gallery & Picasa (not that you said to w Picasa). What do I do for not finding sync settings? I cancelled normal daily syncing of Gmail but need to return that so iPad is updated as well as PC.
    Please add suggestions re lack of sync photos on Samsung’s GS4-
    Thanks, this helped a lot.

  • Draya Personpersonperson

    When I click clear data, something pops up and says “all of this application’s data will be deleted permanently. This includes all files, settings, accounts, databases etc.” What do I do?

    • Jacob Boswell

      Hit yes. It will only delete the auto backup album and not your pictures that you placed on your device.

  • adam

    thanx for ur tips..! its work dude… im almost format my phone but with ur tips its make more benefit..!

  • reko

    Thanks very much 4 your tips…its work my gallery returned organizer.

  • cynthia.v

    Omg this was extremely helpful ive been trying to delete some photos forever and now they are gone thanks you this guide

  • farah

    thank you so much!!
    It is working :)

  • utilities

    What happens to the pics if I don’t have Google+ please? I hate Google+… just got done deleting and stopping it because it costed me 14.9 gigs. There are a lot of pics in there that I want. Can you help me too?

    • Knoi Cagny

      Nothing happens to the pix on your gallery if you discontinue Google+. I discontinued mine and the pix are still in my gallery. Just follow the advice on this page. But then, of course, mine’s Nexus 7 2gen. I don’t speak for other devices.

  • nikiesnickers

    For some reason the gallery does not appear under the application manager. I have tried clearing the data and cache from google + and it doesn’t do anything Please help

    • Nana

      I didn’t see my gallery under downloaded in application manager. But you need to change tabs to all and go down to apps starting with G and it should be the first one. Hope this helps!

      • DJ

        Thanks so much, Nana!

  • mrwirez

    OK here is my rant… Photos is just a fraction of the despise I have Google+ overall.

    Steve Jobs was right, Google’s mantra of “Don’t Be Evil” is BULLSHITE’! I don’t trust Picasa ,Hangouts, Google+, Photos, or GOOGLE for that matter.

    G+ IS the most INVASIVE, Privacy destroying, EVIL applications Google has Forced upon Android and us users. I honestly think that requiring a G+ account to leave reviews on OUR PAID APPS in the Playstore is illegal. I am constantly enabling and deleting G+ as needed. As an example I needed to logon to Motorola and guess what.. G+ account was needed. How horrible and desperate Google is for our data.. I wish a QUICK-PAINFUL-DEATH to G+…

    Sincerely a VERY FRUSTRATED customer..

    • Stephen Goodwin

      so don’t use it? go get a different OS then? Android is owned by Google. Why shouldn’t they require you to use their services to use their ecosystem.

      Also, Motorola is owned by Google as well.

  • Libby

    I sync my photos on my Galaxy with Google+. Lost my phone and now I can not get to my pictures on my google account. I am totally lost with understanding how this crap works.

    • Stephen Goodwin

      Just go into your G+ app and on the menu in the top left corner, you should see an option for photos… Your auto backup pictures should appear there.

  • emily

    Omg thank you so much! I have been so sick of always having to filter what pictures I can choose from for apps like instagram and easyframe. Ahhh this made my day :D



  • ddann

    have been trying so hard to figure this out, thanks so much

  • onelia

    Thank you thank you thank you! !! This has bern bothering me like crazy!!

  • jorge

    Thanks so much for your support and help.

  • Wanderer

    Was wondering how you get rid of Picasso, it is annoying, well done to the person who thought to share that information, I’m just off to clear it now, big Thanx.

  • joep

    It works!! Al your normal photo’s are still on your Phone when you clear the data

  • nichole

    Oh my goodness! Thanks so much. It only deleted the auto backup album like I wanted! So helpful!

  • Michelle

    Thankk you!!! Worked perfectly.

  • Belinda

    I was wondering if you switched phones and put your media card in your new phone will the photos in your gallery get deleted or just the auto backup… Please ANSWER

    • Stephen Goodwin

      it would all depend on where the pictures are saved/stored. You can save them either to the internal memory (on the phone itself) or on the external storage (sd card). if you store them on your internal memory, the pictures would remain on the old phone unless they were synced to a cloud service such as Google+.

  • heidimzn

    This helped alot thank u

  • Jack


  • Nik

    Thanks buddy! :)

  • raycee63

    Whats the problem with Google backing up your photos to Picasa? If you lose your phone, where will you be able to get them back from. All phones should have a minimum of 32Gb by now anyway>

    • Uthor

      This doesn’t stop your phone from backing up your photos to Google+/Picasa, it stops those photos from appearing in your gallery app on the phone.
      Also, I use Dropbox instead of Google+ to back up my photos, so there’s no need for both.
      Also, some people might have a problem with storing their photos on Google’s servers for privacy reasons.

      • baldwad

        You say it doesn’t stop your phone from backing up photos to Google+, but when trying to turn on Auto Backup on a Galaxy 4, it says: “Turn sync on? To back up your photos, you must turn on Google+ Photos sync for (email address) in Android Settings”. Not ow (or) Turn sync on

  • DAWNthony Bennett

    I had taken some pictures and they automatically backed up on Google plus, I took off the sync for photos and google plus, will that fix my issue?

    • Stephen Goodwin

      you have to go into your “accounts and sync” and turn off the sync with your associated Google account. Then, you have to go into the apps processes and clear data on your Gallery. It has screenshots, works as intended!

  • Stephen Goodwin

    Great article and thanks for posting such an excellent guide! Helped me out!

  • Shaundra

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! i should have came on the internet earlier i was searching in my phone files for what seemed like hours to get rid of the pictures i didnt want on there. :)

  • kimberly

    When you “clear data” in your gallery, will it delete any photos?

    • Paige Bvb Wheeler


      • Jasmine

        Are you sure?

        • JMF

          It won’t delete your photos. What it deletes, is the information IN the Gallery app regarding the pictures to form the albums. This has nothing to do with the photos themselves.
          It’s like an address book for the photos. Deleting it doesn’t change the photos. It just makes the Gallery to forget where they are until it checks again.

  • Murali

    Hi Aditya!!!

    Thanks a lot:). i was strugling to clear the files and your articile was a god send:)!!! Thanks again:)

  • rasool

    thanks for your help
    but i worry about the picture that access them through Google+ account

  • योगेश-Yogesh Bhavsar

    This was really helpful… I was so irritated…

  • Churchieboy

    Legend – how stressed was I getting over this? Thank you. Quite correctly it simply cleared what I didn’t need and left the ones that were already on my phone. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith……. Keep up the good work

  • Aileen

    Worked!!!! So happy!! Thanks

  • Monica

    Thank you sooo much. my picture gallery was a mess. its really helpfil

  • Drone Henley


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  • guest

    It didn’t work for me. My freaking Picasa backups are still there!!! This is infringing on people’s life!! Can you please please help!

  • guest

    My application manager does not have a Gallery option. I tried to clear all google+1 application, but the mess is still on my gallery. How do I get rid of the picasa backups on my gallery! Please help.

    • Paige Bvb Wheeler

      Be sure to be in ‘all’ apps, not just downloaded. Since Gallery came on your phone it won’t show up in the downloaded section.

    • Jasmine

      Do you see next to it is running, then all? Click on all and you will find it

    • Muhammad Mehmood

      You can find Gallery under the ‘all’ tab. Neither under ‘downloaded’ nor ‘running’ (obviously if you don’t have it open at the moment).

  • Dixie Harrison


  • Samuel


  • Milena Kent

    Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooo much !!!!

  • Nazrin Za


  • marlon newar

    When i remove a pic from my phone it ik also removes it from photo’s( Google+). I Just want to remove it from the phone not the back-up. Can you help….?

  • prabha prabha

    Saved my day.. Thanks.. !!!

  • chechingnaulak

    thank u sooooooooo much…

  • tapish garg

    Thanx A lot…..From past many weeks m so irritate by this auto backup photos but thanks to u to get rid of this.

  • Bethany Carter

    Brilliant, what an easy solution! Thank you!

  • Anna Marie

    Thank you very much!

  • Cherie Wenk

    Thanks so much!! It’s so annoying lol!

  • Keitaro

    Thanks so much! This was really annoying me. It’s pathetic how Google forces you to sync stuff and hide these options

  • Evelyn A.

    Thank you so much. This WAS so annoying. You have been the only clear and complete step by step instructor.

  • ken

    Thank you so much!!!…it was so annoying

  • Pedge

    I can get as far as Application Manager, but can’t find Gallery on the list. Help!

    • Muhammad Mehmood

      Check Gallery under the ‘all’ tab. Neither under ‘downloaded’ nor ‘running’ (obviously if you don’t have it open at the moment).

  • Thimira

    Thanks dude… Thats really help for me… :D

  • Robin Singh

    i tried it and it worked BUT after restarting the phone all albums came back again. solution to that was just remove your google account and re add it and when you sign in it ll give you an option to autobackup pictures, just uncheck it and press next. all done hope it helps :)

  • carlos

    Yes YEs Yes ,It’s about time ,thank you thank you

  • LodEvens

    @Pedge just slide to the right and you’ll find gallery in “All” in the third section.


    Wow and Google is now working on some type of the acceleration program we need to put on the brakes slow down and make what’s already there work make it simple make it easy never do that ever free technology still to this day a cell phone is not as good as a landline when it comes to you’re not a person we can even do that yet and here I can’t even simply delete one picture I have to go to all those steps that’s ridiculous I’m old school man technology common sensepeople make cell phones computers apps whatever anything to do electronics make it good simple before you put it on the market make you all mighty dollar I get itand don’t name something like cookies that goes with milk right when they said you gotta check your cookies I am on my computer I’m going to what the hell you talking about name is something else okay guys that’s b******* from computer idiot named the memory part of it cookies who the hell agreedwith him.I gotta go no need me waste my time put this down because I can’t do anything about it because everybodys addicted due to their computer cell phone or whatever electronic they got not me you won’t see me karen a cell phone when I go to go to the beach

    • Last google device for me

      Take a deep breath “IronWorker”… There we go… Now, have you hit your head lately? Taken any bad falls? Do you work with noxious or dangerous chemicals? Any history of schizophrenia in your family? Do you do many drugs, maybe stimulants? Have you been drinking a lot of coffee with your speed? Have you EVER HEARD OF A PERIOD? IT ENDS SENTENCES, USUALLY AFTER A COMPLETE, AND HOPEFULLY COHERENT, THOUGHT. WHO TAUGHT YOU HOW TO SPELL? DO YOU HEAR VOICES?

    • cheerie Oh!

      This is a full stop >. It turns drivel into writing.

  • Bayou60al

    Wow Awesome …………worked like a charm…..

  • suma

    Not finding the gallery folder in application manager

    • Muhammad Mehmood

      Gallery is under the ‘all’ tab. Neither under ‘downloaded’ nor ‘running’ (obviously if you don’t have it open at the moment).

  • kleanslate

    wheeeeww….. I bow to you!!

  • Carla Santini

    Thank you so much! :)

  • clyd

    Oh Gosh, thank you for this blog! This is soooo helpful! thank you soooo much!

  • Michelle C

    Thank God for you, that was doing my head in

  • Tishann

    Thanks so much that was really frustrating me….

  • Umar Daraz

    thanks sir

  • Helen

    Thanks for the step by step guide. It was most helpful.

  • Marie

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much.
    I finally got rid of pictures in my gallery that had the Picasa logo onthem.
    I had three albums where it had the logo on and I couldn’t delete no matter what.

  • fairy yoda

    Thank you sosososososo much! I’ve deleted those pictures now! I was afraid it would delete my other photos if I cleared data but thankfully it didn’t

  • Maitee

    Thankss VERY much!! The ONLY helpful website i found helpful information!(;

  • Rafael

    Thank you so much for this. This was truly helpful



    • Jennifer Perkins

      There is no check box for sync with Picasso, just the option to push and it will then sync, on my phone. What do I do now? Also if I try to look at Picasso labeled photos it gives a black screen that says “Unable to load photo”
      Samsung Galaxy note 3. I HATE Picasso

  • Austin

    Appreciated. Pesky Google Plus.

    • John Kenny


  • Kelsey Loch

    The clear button is disabled I NEED HELP!

  • Shif

    ThanQ!! it was very helpfull. And guys nothing to get scared about clearing data it will not delete any other filles. ( Once Again Thanxx)

  • Regie

    Don’t have an application called “Gallery” in my Samsung Note 3

    • Amanda

      Yes you do. While in the application manager, flick the screen over twice to get to the heading “all” which will give you an alphabetical list of everything running on your phone. Scroll down to gallery, continue with this tutorial. :)

    • Alex

      when you go to application manager scroll to the right until you see all and scroll down you will see it

  • prymac

    Got a bit lost with your instructions at the sync part but got it figured out. Really helpful guide. Thank you so much. My Samsung Galaxy Note 1 was getting too full with Picassa albums which were duplicating my pics.

  • es

    Exactly what I needed! Great help, and explained really well. THANKYOU!!

  • Marcus Graham

    Thank u very much I felt as if I didnt have privacy on my phone ….which I really dont but this gives me some peace of mind

  • Scoobs

    Finally!!! Thank you so much!

  • chey

    Thanks sooo much

  • John Kenny

    I don’t have ANY menu like the one above. I have an LG Optimus G Pro. I CANNOT get rid of these damned Picasa pics, and I just found out that pics I take are being UPLOADED TO FREAKING GOOGLE!! WHAT IN THE PHUQQ? Google is taking over the goddamned world, and I don’t like it one damn bit. They are entirely too damn cozy with Obama’s dumb ass, too.

    • Relax. No one can view/access those photos until or unless *you* change their privacy settings to public. It’s only a backup mechanism, and you can stop that any time you want.

      • frustrated

        Bullfeathers …. how do you think that all the Hollywood Celeb sex pics were stolen? Once ANYTHING is out on someone else’s servers it is fair game for any hacker in the world to go get … including the NSA and every other government agency FROM ANY GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD (and of course EVERY attorney under the sun if you ever get into any litigation, such as a nasty “divorce”)

    • OjosVerdes826

      I’m with u on thaaat one. I had a Google plus acct, which I was really enjoying btw. Recently, Google plus deleted my acct because I chose NOT to open a Pisca acct AND SYCHRONIZE BOTH ACCTS TOGETHER. Wth…I def refused, because I would haaaate to see alllllll my private pics viewed in Google plus or anywhere for that matter. Google is too dam controlling & sneeky, I rather noooot have a Google plus acct now :( They need to stop doing that crazy stuff….do not FORCE us!

  • mahesh Shinde

    Great —-? i face this problem very long.

  • Araceli

    Great! This was what I needed, but this doesn’t remove it from my google account right?

  • Alexandria

    Does clearing the data of your gallery get rid of all photos or just the google ones?

    • Jennifer Courtney

      I JUST did this fearing I would lose all photos. Holding my breath as I clicked to open up my gallery only to see that all of my albums are there, but the duplicates with Picaso are GONE! Thank god. lol

  • lola

    where dk i go if i dont find application manager in my phone

  • Jessica

    Thanks for saving my life. Finally. Picasa albums removed. Thanks.

  • amanda

    Omg thanks so much this really helped !

  • kels

    I did as it says and cleared the data in both the picasa app and the gallery, but the photos are still there!

  • Abhishek

    If this doesn’t help, CLEAR DATA from the Picasa app.
    If even this doesn’t help, disable Picasa :P

  • Michelle P.

    Thank you so much!

  • Sonja

    I have a different kind of question, if you don’t mind. What I do sometimes is File, SaveAs…pics from Picasa to “my pictures”. Sometimes I will forget to take them out of “my pics” and put them back to the right folder. So say for example I have 50 pics from all over (folders) on “my pictures” How can I pull up the right folder it belongs in easily? Because I’ve learned, if you delete a pic on “my pictures” it also deletes it in Picasa… Thank you so much :)

  • Sonja

    part 2 of my question…I email the pics from Picasa to “my Pictures”

  • Jasypop

    < 33

  • Lmsd24

    If you clear your data, does it also delete your albums from Instagram/Snaphat/Kik etc?

  • Val

    I have a problem at step 4 above (how to remove google or picasa web albums from gallery). I successfully completed steps 1,2,3. but when I go to settings/application manager ( tap on application manger) BUT , I DO NOT GET A GALLERY OPTION IN MY LIST OF APPLICATIONS. the applications options listed alphabetically go from “Flipboard” to “Gmail” then on to other google apps. There is no “gallery” app listed alphabetically or anywhere in the list. Yet, I do have a gallery app on the phone and use it to access my photos and albums. Where might the gallery app be?

    • lxz

      You have to swipe to the right to see ALL apps. The first view only shows RUNNING apps. I was stuck at this point too. Then another helpful comment below pointed me in the right direction. Now I’ve got rid off the pesky Picasa album. Thank you, thank you all for the help. The Picasa album was driving me nuts.

      • Val

        Got it!

  • Barry



    Still ain’t tell me how to use it without my old fon they do make u sins them back

  • Alicia

    Is there a way to clear individual photos from picasa, and not have to “clear data” to the whole picasa album?

  • Zane

    Thank you so much!

  • Nw_adventure

    Thanks !

  • Gra

    Thanks!ur such a great help!

  • abbas chady

    i have an S4 mini how to do it please

  • abbas chady

    help please

  • van

    thank u thank u thank u

  • Mithila

    Thank you! this was so helpful! :)

  • Brian Larabee

    this was absolutely helpful, thank you very much

  • Alida Avilez

    On my phone it show application manager ,but does not show gallery on it ,i would like to delete some picture from my picasa album.

    • Ricardo Ferreira

      You are probably going through the downloaded ones.. Swipe right to the “All” tab..

  • Lauren_mccaffery

    Will this delete all my photos?!?!

    • Zuhal

      No I just did it and it doesn’t. Finalllllly got rid of an album that’s been there for months!

  • shirosaki

    Thank you i did it and finally got rid of it.

  • gaby

    Thank you,help me a lot!!

  • kim

    Doesn’t help I try to delete pictures from Google+ but there disappearing from my gallery!!!!!!

  • Kelsey Kirk

    If I do this, is it guaranteed that it will only delete my Picasa albums? I don’t want any of my other albums, screenshots etc to be deleted!!

    • FloridaCrakker

      Thats what Im sayin!!!

      • Kelsey Kirk

        It works :) YAY! All my pics are still here, except for the Picasa ones

    • FloridaCrakker

      Yep. I held my breath & hit “clear data” & everything except those bastard Picasa album pics thats taking up all my storage is GONE but all my camera pics are still there . Whooohoooo!

  • pav

    very useful info.. thanks

  • santosh

    Great it worked…

  • mahdi

    thnx ]

  • jbrown1111

    Thank you worked like a charm

  • Mark

    Held breath when hitting “Clear Data”…..thank Goodness it worked….all my photos are still there… those pisca photos are gone….

  • Sarina

    This has been bugging me for some time. Thanks!

  • Scott Raines


  • Erik saved my life ^^ !

  • Shirin

    thank you very very much…. I really appreciate your advice…it was 10 days that I was looking for removing those data from my phone….thank you very much….

  • dougiefresh1008

    For some reason, all my photos went to one album called auto backup, but it won’t let me open pictures

  • Zhao Shangsi

    thx! and i hate google+ so much

  • teresa

    Omg thank you so much I just got this phone and the photos have been a mess ever since thano you so much

  • binky

    Oh thanks!!!! Had crazy photos on there!!!!!!

  • Casey

    Thank you so much! I opened my gallery and a bunch of albums popped up out of no where and I couldnt get rid of them! This helped so much!

  • Patty Arce

    How can I delete a video from my autoback up.please hel

  • Dee D

    Thank u so much u guys r geniuses u all :-) keep up the good work by helping !!!!!!!

  • Elavenil

    Really awesome.. Thanks a lot!

  • anastasia

    THANK YOU!!! That took 5 seconds! :*

  • Yash

    Thank you very much! I was fuckin pissed at the messed up shitty albums storming my gallery:D

  • Jessie Delgado

    Omg! Awesome, this was irritating me alot…..finally my pics are still being backed up but not visible through my phone gallery, as it should be:)…..

  • Ann LaGoy

    Thank you! This has been driving me crazy for such a long time. One detail that may be different on other people’s phone as it was on mine:
    Gallery was under “All” rather than “Downloaded” in the application manager. I had to swipe to the left a few times to get to the correct column.

  • Tariah Wiley

    Yes! you all are geniuses! I’ve been trying to do that all month!

  • Michaela

    Wait, so if I press “clear data” every on of the auto backup files will be removed? But every album that I personally put into my phone will stay?

    • James

      Yep, mine are backed up to onedrive anyway so I was happy enough to risk it, but it never hurts to make a backup

  • Mechelle1967

    It works, has been driving me MAD!!!!! Thank you, hopefully my new phone has enough storage

  • J LaCour

    Whoop Whoop… Thanks a ton… I factory reset my phone For nothing… Lol… I wish I had seen this before

  • James

    THANK YOU this has been driving me crazy

  • WB

    Awesome!! Thanks because this little Picasa album really irritated me!!

  • Nikki

    What if I want to delete the photos completely? I’ve tried deleting them everywhere and they won’t delete

  • christina

    Thank you so much for this. It was really irritating. I have the samsung galaxy s3 & there’s ALWAYS soo many applications running. I usually disable a lot of unecessary ones. Some i am not allowed to disable. Are they all necessary?

  • Vil

    Thank you very much , it really works .

  • Thank you very much… Finally!!!

  • chioma

    It worked, just did it now.Thanks a million cause i’ve so IRRITATED by this silly picasa thing

  • Guest

    Thanks, this had been irritating.

  • Amanda Russell

    Thanks, that had been bothersome!

  • amarie

    That is awesome! Thanks. It was super annoying!!!

  • Dee

    thanks been looking for that a while now

  • Kayla

    OK it deleted some of mine but not the others…other albums are still there and won’t go away. Could I possibly have to tune off Facebook sync?

  • mbmda217

    thank you for show this to me…There where some very”private” photos that I did not want to accidently scroll to when showing my pics to…now they are gone!!!

  • Carleigh Williams

    It wont delete my other photos? It’ll only delete the google+ ones?

    • Carleigh Williams

      U guys are life savers I just did it and at first I was scared everything was deleted but it wasn’t its amazing.

  • Dar

    THANK YOU! I have been frustrated many times and now I finally got rid of the albums I wanted to.

  • tex

    Done! I, too, have tried everything. This worked on my tablet.

  • mahesh sharma

    not getting tick option in sync. (google) how to get tick option.

    • rexx

      Same here

    • NHALER

      I also only have a manual ‘tap’ to sync option and no tickbox. It would be really frustrating if this was my only recourse to selectively synching content… Anyone have any ideas?

  • nick

    Mine deleted and then a few minutes later they come back… I’ve deleted them 3 times now.

  • Rhianne

    Hi. I got my Note 3 just last month. I tried to do the same thing in the picture but it doesn’t show it in the pictures. Help

    • Rhianne

      Wait never mind. I got it. Thank you so much. Life saver here :)


    great share… i solved my friend problem.. LIKE!

  • Brooke

    Thanks (: fixed my problem !

  • Michelle Wentworth

    You are amazing!!!!! This has been bugging the crap out of me since I bought this phone a week ago!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!

  • Irina

    thanks so much for great step by step process. so helpful! thanks again!!! :)

  • scratchyballs_23


  • wits end

    I was trying to attempt a selfie today. I have 3 videos not photos, rolling non stop on my Google + photo section. 1 my husband,2 me. They say if I remove them I stand to lose all. Can you go in and remove them? Samsung android tablet. I do not have a phone. Just get them off, please.

  • Sydnie

    Omg thank you so much

  • the qwertbird

    You’re the best, seriously.

  • travib

    my note 3 has a different format.
    top bar of my settings screen when i open it has four boxes:
    * connections,
    * device,
    * controls,
    * general.*

    i open
    * settings >>
    * General >>
    * accounts >>
    * Google

    Click my user name

    “sync google photos” as well as “Sync Picasa Web Albums.”

    Proceed to number 3 above :)

    your welcome future friend.

  • lexiee

    Thank u

    • bri

      Won’t it delete all my pictures by clicking clear data

  • Jared Foster

    My Zte Majesty just has a main sync On/off switch for all options. Its off when I got to Apps and over to gallery to clear. Its erases them for about 5 seconds then they jump right back in the gallery.. any ideas?

  • Christina

    What happens if I click “camera” instead of “gallery”? Cause I can’t find gallery where it should be! Will it work the same? PLEASE SOMEONE ANSWER, I HAVE TO GET THESE PICS OFF!!

    • Christina

      Never mind,finally found it!! You are a lifesaver!!

  • cher

    Hi there, I’ve had a problem… I set up my daughters new Samsung tablet and all my pictures automatically downloaded into her tablet gallery. It created an album called auto-backup. I don’t understand how this happened as I never gave permission to sync my photos to her gallery. How has this happened? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  • pedro

    My problem is that i every photo i take goes directly to my google+ accout through picasa and if i delete it in there it will also delete it in my phone which is pretty stupid and annoying, does anyone know how to stop the pictures to automaticly upload to picasa/google+?

    • Tia

      Go to your settings and then go to accounts, tap on google, and which ever email account your pics are coming and going from you can tap on the photo sync and unsync it, which will stop the pics from going to your google+ and after you do that you will need to go into your applications manager and find your gallery and clear data so that you won’t have that annoying auto backup folder of pics..Hope this helps!!

      • lance

        No matter how many times i un check the sync google photos and google + tge check marks constintly re appear! Help please

    • Taylor Morgan

      Turn off the sync and backup setting and buy a physical harddrive. I’m so angry about this.

  • Shawna McCraney Steadham

    All I want to do is delete the Picasa album from my phone because it is nothing but duplicate pics. I did have old pics from my previous phone synced to my current phone. Will it delete these photos too (because I do still want them on here). I am just nervous about “clearing data” or “clearing cache”….will it delete all my photos from my phone???…or just the Picasa album???

    • melissa

      i just cleared the data on my phone, and i still have all my pics, it only got rid of the picasa albums like it says. just make sure you disable sync first, or it will probably just re-upload the photos

  • lon

    Wow. I tried ot and its wprk. Thanks a lot

  • Bill

    This doesn’t work. I still see pictures I take show up in the Google Photos app. Are these instructions suppose to prevent this from happening, or is this a different issue?

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  • pauladev

    This needs some updating. The present Android 4.4.4 does not appear tpo show either Gallery nor Photos in the Apps.

  • April

    When I take pictures on my HTC One will they automatically show everyone on the Google+?

  • Rain

    worked well for me. thank you.

  • yash

    i have kitkat 4.4.4 that doesn’t have gallery
    then what should i clear instead of gallary???

  • ella

    it works! thankkkk youuu

  • Anip

    Fantastic..Thank you..Hours wasted on Google sites to find a solution no success. Now all sorted..But why Google makes it so difficult ???

  • EffoffGoogle

    This is a shitty attempt to spy, nothing more, nothing less. Even after deleting it and never granting it permissions, it still alerts me multiple times daily that I need to log in, so it can ask for permissions again. Why would I want every unscrewed picture I take to immediately get uploaded to the internet? I bet a lot of people are not aware it is happening to them as the app bullies people into using it. And why do I need to identify myself to post this comment? More spying I suppose.

    • EffoffGoogle

      *Unedited, not unscrewed. Damn autocorrect!

    • PS

      U r being too much suspicious buddy! U need to give email id or something so that if somebody replies or asks u something u get the notification! Stop watching spy movies!

    • DownToEarth

      Good thinking my friend… now they can easily tag your face and suggest to people everywhere whether they know you..

  • Di

    Thank you! I’ve spent a very long time trying to figure this out. So simple!

  • PS

    Doesn’t clearing data deletes everythng? Bit confused it gives a pop up message clearing will delete all my data,files, settings etc.

  • yolo1907


  • mali

    Thank you sooo much!I was going crazy about removing Picasa albums and auto backup that I didn’t want I spent many annoying hours about this But,the solution is such a simple!

  • alex

    great!! much much thank you

  • B.

    The Gallery doesn’t show up in my applications. Any idea what I might try?

    • dinesh

      See my comments

  • ComaAlpha

    This isn’t helping. I don’t have an “Application manager” It just says apps. And gallery doesn’t show up in it. And is this going to delete ALL the pictures on my phone?

  • hollaaa

    Pls do it ppl none of our pics will b ďelèted accept picasa I did it txxxxxxxx

  • Loly94

    Yay! It worked! Finally! THANK YOU!!!! :-)

  • dinesh

    Apps is also ok.when you first open it ,you only see downloaded apps.but top of your screen you can see that you can scrool it to the right side.then you can see sdcard app and then all apps.there you can find the gallery

  • Retha Cheek

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    • elle17

      Thank you! Big big help!

  • farah

    thank you so much ! this is a really great instruction !

  • FOX


  • Key Galaxy S4

    It worked omg I’ve been trying to figure this out for a while now! Thanks! ^_^

  • kiwii

    OMG THANK YOOOOOOUUUU!! Not being able to get rid of those was stressing me out. What a relief! !

  • Thirugnanam

    Very nice. It works in LG P715. The photos are stored in Google+.

  • kirk

    I went to my Google account and pi casa web photos doesn’t show up……..

  • Jen

    Omg! Finally deleted! Thank ypu!

  • AnaCaigs

    Would that erase all my other photos I my phone?

  • Big D

    Works on Samsung note 4

  • russjosephs

    Thank you!

  • Yone

    Thanks from a IT shop in the netherlands

  • Sarah

    It worked!!! Thank you

  • Thanks mate u really made my day

  • DIANE C.D.


  • Dejan Tomić

    I was actually looking for deleting those “Picasa” / Google+ photos from my ACCOUNT, not just make them hidden from my phone. Do I really HAVE to use my computer for such a simple task, or there is a Google app that can do this?
    I have seen the Google+ Photos app but it does NOT just delete the backed-up photo on Google+ – it also deletes the original photo from my phone. I want to keep the local copy, and ONLY the local copy, AND do all this using only my phone.
    P.S. I still DO want Auto Backup – I just don’t want individual photos from getting there (that’s why I want to delete)…

    • Taylor Morgan

      I’m looking everywhere for this information. A family member has accidentally link ALL their device photos to an extended family google photos account and it includes everything I’ve sent them via WhatsApp including private medical images because it gets saved to camera roll automatically.

  • Iammitchieiraoxix

    OMG!!! Finally!! Already removed those albums!!!! Big help! Thumbs-up to the creator! :)

  • katikitala isaa prabhakar

    Thank you so much for the taught now I could able to delete and restore as well.

  • Dianna

    Does it work on the galaxy s5 I tried but I can’t find anything please HELP!! it’s driving me crazy

  • united

    did all the above, restarted phone and still can’t delete photos?

  • aty148

    Thanks for the input…i have deleted and cleared the picasa pic from my note 4 !

  • bethe

    thank you!!! i’ve just had to.replace my s4 w an s5 and i’very spent the last several HOURS diddling around with this damn thing. u can edit your photos from Google + but u can’t from this damn Picasa. i just want em OFF my phone!

  • محمد الداودي


    • 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.

  • Becca McBear

    You the best… Thank you so much

  • disqus_msTpFBmWBG

    another person registered their gmail account on my phone. now , all my personal pics and videos show up on their gmail account. is there any way to get rid of these photos that have already been backed up on the other person’s account permanently…so that they no longer have access to these pics and videos.

  • disqus_msTpFBmWBG

    another person registered their gmail account on my phone. How do i delete their email address from my phone..otherwise, all videos and pics are continuously being saved in their account..privacy is all gone

    • Taylor Morgan

      This is pretty disturbing.
      My mother has accidentally synced all her photos to a shared EXTENDED family account for sharing photos of the clan. Everything. Including photos that get automatically saved the iPhone camera roll from whats app.

  • Yashwanth Kola

    Ssamsung Android phone members follow the below steps:
    Settings->Accounts and Sync->Click on gmail account refresh icon->de-sselect the required check box like->Sync picasa Web Albums-> Click on Sync now button
    It will work perfectly:)…do not worry..Please try in this way

    • fed up with Samsungs

      That doesn’t work. I wish you could see my Samsung Admire screen. It has several things to sync under my gmail account and a refresh button and that’s all. At the bottom of the list of 6 things it says remove account but when I hit it, it said are you sure you want to remove this account? No, I want to remove the google picassa pics from my phone and for it to stop updating my phone with them every time I plug it into my computer .:/

  • more

    Thank you. It works

  • kate

    So someone used my phone to look at the pics on Google if I do this to delete them off my phone it won’t delete them permanently for them will it?

    • Jenn

      These steps don’t delete just gets them out if your gallary.. if you delete from Picasa too then they are gone.

  • Mr Khan

    Thankyou Guyz for guide us.

  • nigel

    Thank you so much

  • Michelle Rapino

    there is no “gallery” in my application manager. I must delete Picasa!!!!

    • discus

      you will have to view it in the “ALL” applications section, not under SD card or DOWNLOADED applications.

  • jo

    Thanks for the step by step guide!

  • ducks


  • On

    thank youuuuuu,,, i can find best solution in here.(I just news in android, no more apple)

  • Monika

    Omg. THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!! Those picasa pictures from whataheck where were so annoying! Thank you.

  • Maria

    I tried to remove the picasa album and did what the video instructions says but can’t find the ” gallery tab” from the application manager what alternative way to do it? Where is the “ALL Application” section located? Thanks!!!

    • Jenn

      Slide to right. . Look at top you’ll see downloaded first.. then running then all I believe is the order

  • William Thomas

    Maria, check under “ALL” not downloaded apps, took me a while to find gallery too

  • Charles

    Problem solved! This is exactly what I needed!

  • Shay

    Thanks! That’s rage over!!!

  • milly

    Thank you Aditya.This was so simple for a pc/cellphone illiterate like myself to do. The Picasa cold-sore is gone from my phone. Now I need to delete the pics from the Google Picasa account and it will not let me. That will be my next battle. I feel a lack of control on-line. Very frustrating.

    • AVB2

      You need to clear the data and cache in the Gallery app. Settings>Applications>Application Manager>right to All>Gallery

  • Eli

    It won’t let me unchecked things, see here

    • Jenn

      It says “sync is experiencing problems check back latter” I hope by now you got it done.. BTW if you don’t want the pictures delete straight from Picasa too!!

  • JP Weiss

    My gallery is not listed in the applications manager, thus, I can’t clear the data. Any suggestions? Thx

    • kyah

      You have to slide across, there’s a tab for running apps, and a tab for all apps. It’s under all apps

  • shavina

    ohhhhh thnxxxx a lottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  • AAC

    Wow! I’m so glad I found this info. It worked!!!! This problem has been bugging me for a while. Now it’s fixed.

  • Gerda Oskam

    Thank you very much for the easy way to explain this. Even I could understand it.

  • rkm

    Looks good! Thanks

  • heldin

    all good up to point 4. Gallery does not show up in my app manager

    • John Rupertz

      Instead of looking for gallery under the Downloaded sub category, slide over to the right to the All sub category

  • Megan

    Thank you so much Aditya!!!!! Hopefully you moonlight as an instruction manual writer or a “for dummies” book author!

  • Kyle

    My s4 only has the “Sync Picasa Web Albums” option which is already unchecked…no sign of “Sync Google Photos” but I have 4 photos just chilling in my gallery.

  • jess

    Hell YESSSS FINALLY NO MORE CRAP ON MY PHONE YEAH!!!! XD just remember turn OFF google+ backup in auto backup.

  • jeffery

    Thank you soooooooooo frickin much. Android got me messed up with that bull shit. You should for president.

  • Joan

    I did fine following these instructions until I got into Application Manager, and I found my Gallery is not listed here. Now what do I do????

    • Michael Donehoo

      Did you scroll over to “ALL”?

  • Chris Pease

    Awesome Thank you

  • Michael Donehoo

    Thank you so much, you rock loudly!!! I’ve been looking for a way to do this for a couple of months or so. Blessings to you!

  • lei

    Thank you!!!!! This worked and did exactly what I needed it to!!!

  • chelise

    Um lifesaver that is what you are thank you sooo much.

  • polk

    Will this delete every album?

    • Angie

      No just your picasa photos will be removed

  • polk


  • joe rogers

    Hi, Gallery doesn’t appear in the Applications Manager – is this an older version? Thanks

    • radionerv

      I’m running kit Kat on my note 3 I think the image in gallery doesn’t look the same I go to app manage slide to the right to All apps and I found it there just looks different. Hope it helps

      • joe rogers

        great, that’s fixed it, thanks!

    • JohnR

      Scroll top of the list to “All” and you should find Gallery. Took me awhile to notice that.

      • joe rogers

        Thanks for the tip! I didn’t notice the tabs at top :)

  • Ash

    Been looking for a solution for ages…Thank you very much…

  • radionerv

    Finally !!!! Every phone I had I had this problem thank you

  • fds

    i have to remove my entire account as i had no gallery option to chose from :/

  • ROxy

    mwaaaaaaaaaaaaaa thanku.. i was goin nutts i tell you

  • wellyn

    This was promising, but-
    it seems that I can’t uncheck on “Sync Google Photos” and on “Sync Picasa Web Albums”.. What to do..?

    • fictionmeister

      If you have sync turned off, it won’t give you the option to check or uncheck anything. Turn on sync in your settings and the check boxes will appear.

  • JohnR

    Perfect. Thank you.

  • Guest

    I want to do this but I am so afraid of losing ALL my pictures once I clear data. I have downloads and pictures don’t want to loose them.

    • Raven

      As the person says above, your pictures are a part of your phone and your downloads too. You can delete them off of your phone any time, the steps above are for removing Picasa Album features from your phone. On a side note, I remember reading somewhere the Picasa pictures are still stored in your cloud it just won’t be on the phone. Try it out, follow the directions above, don’t detour to some other options or you might find yourself in trouble. If you still are uncertain, just call your mobile/cell carrier (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, etc.,), where you will be transferred to Tech Support and they can either “Remote Access” your cell phone and do it for you or manually talk you through the steps. I’ve done this before, you see! lol Good luck, hun!

  • Tina Hope Copley

    I am so afraid to clear the data. I feel like I will loose all my downloaded pictures and other photos. Has anyone lost pictures by doing this?

    • Saira

      No, I’ve done it beforw and it doesn’t because your pictures are part of your phone memory.

    • Jenn

      Nope all great now

  • George Schuette

    Gallery is not listed in my Application Manager,

    • Postette

      George…I just had to do this to and had the same problem as you at first. I then noticed that, just underneath the Application Manager heading, were the words “DOWNLOADED” , then “SD CARD” to the right. If you swipe your phone to the left, you can keep going until the word under Application Manager says “ALL.” I finally found gallery under there, cleared the data, and this worked like a charm.

      • Geoffrey Cox

        I did exactly what you said and it worked perfect! Went back to Picasa and not a picture of mine is missing. Thanks for the insight!

  • chan

    Yes, this works thanks !

  • kylie

    Does this apply to a galaxy s5? When I go to clear data it says it includes all files and data.. and will it delete my SD card or should I remove it first?

    • Jenn

      It didn’t delete anything I didn’t want it to

  • Help! there’s no “Google” under the Accounts subheader. in my setting..

    • dbaker27

      I’m punting, but my guess is you got stuck on what I did for a while. You have to select “All”, whereas the default tab is “Downloaded”.

  • Kiy

    Omg, thank you soooooo much!!!

  • Mrs.P

    Thxxxxxx sooo much! Perfect Galaxy S3

  • FindersKeepers

    Will it’s delete all of them???

  • pepper

    Thanks a lot man…. now am relieved… from the messy look

  • sid

    data of google+ in the mobile, does it get deleted from everywhere if cleared from the mobile app clear data

  • Rachel


  • Gavin

    Thank you, this has been bothering me for weeks. App Data sure, make sense.

  • Ram k

    Thank you Bro. Works Perfect !!

  • riaz

    I’ve done all these stuffs but still picasa album exists..I’m using HTC one

  • Oloyede

    Thanks so much, it really help… #tumbsup#

  • Tilena

    I’m done all these things 2times now in 2 months and my picasa albums(4 annoying ones) are still showing so now what do I do?

  • Jsøtnaant Whoaond

    Didn’t work with my phone – I don’t have those options. So FRIGGIN annoying.

  • Bisher Alloush

    so accurate

  • Bisher Alloush

    worked perfect on my note 4 5.0

  • gary

    Im having trouble in deleting some photos from my s5 which in turn is filling up my memeroy

    • Jenn

      I just figured it out. Go to apps or Google folder open up Picasa tap n hold a photo u want deletedon’t and then rap rest a white check mark will appear..after all are selected that you want to delete tap trash can at bottom and ok after the warning message apear voila all gone!!! Then go and clear up the sync account stuff so it doesn’t happen again. And keep galley separate from Picasa as shown above, I first hid them from album by selecting only sync device and drop box.. not Picasa or google!!! I’m so happy now!!

  • Insomnislack

    Oh my god, thank you you beautiful being. I had to use some very choice words to find this page in my search and it was was the only solution that worked. THANK YOU

  • Terri Jerome

    How do i remove alot of photos from gallery without doing it one at a time

    • Jenn

      Hold tap first picture then after ones selected Tap rest as usual

      • Taylor Morgan

        That’s still one at a time. Obviously we want a “delete all” or “select all” and delete feature like in email.

  • Luc

    Help, there’s no ‘Clear Data’ button on Galery on my phone! What do I do?

    • Jenn

      Mine took a few minutes to appear.. but that only hides from gallery not deletes photos!

    • dbaker27

      Did you get to it from the Settings…. Application Manager – ALL, or did you open the Gallery app from the icon and look for a menu button there?

  • Paul Ottersen

    Thanks! thanks to your step-by-step instructions I finally managed to delete the photographs off my tablet.

  • Valkay

    Thank you so much,solved an annoying problem, so please.

  • Kayla Doyle


  • Roo Man

    ….made no difference on my s4

  • Eighties_Baby

    This didn’t give me the answer I was looking for. All it did was tell me how to save my Picasa albums on my google+. That’s not what I’m interested in. I’m interested in figuring out how to DELETE certain pics from my google+/picasa albums & tablet PERMANENTLY. I just simply want to DELETE some pictures. Does anyone know the answer to that?

    • Emily

      Wonder why you’re the only one who seem to didn’t get it.

      • dbaker27

        There are a lot of people who don’t find it. It’s not particularly easy.

    • Jenn

      I have seen problem I don’t want to just hide photos but Delete from Picasa ughhh

  • Hitesh Jethwani

    Thanx alot finaly i delet it

  • kim

    My husband who thinks that we are the richest ppl on earth told me-no, demanded that I call tmob and order either a picture card or a new phone, I just wanna thank you from the bottom of my for helping lil ol me fix and repair my own phone my own self. At my age I dont profess to know everything, but I sure as heck know how to ask. Thank you again.

  • Darwin Lumosbog

    Thanks. It worked.

  • Stephanie Olson

    Thank you! This worked perfectly.I had to go to “all” in my application settings rather than “downloaded” to find my gallery, but still found it and the pics are deleted. Thanks.

    • Jenn

      Mine was u Der “all applications ” because I didn’t download it.. it was pre-installed

    • dbaker27

      I, also, was fooled for a while, looking under Downloaded apps.
      In case anyone still misses it: Select the “All”, then you find the Gallery.

      The thing that sticks in my throat is that so very many people have the same issue. Why doesn’t Google make it more clear and easier, in fact why don’t they tell us what’s going to happen if we let the default happen, or better yet, have no default, and explain it very clearly at the front end. Likewise Picassa.

      I had my S2 since they first came out and take a lot of pictures. I had a heck of a lot of albums. Comes my last gripe, bet some of you have this, too: Picassa only lets you delete albums one at a time, no matter how many you find out you have…

  • Jenn

    I don’t want to just hide photos but Delete from Picasa PLEASE HELP me..
    this did help just not the delete from Picasa. . Everything always was ending up on every device I linked my Google account too.. some VERY PRIVATE..

  • cami

    I’m asking about the black folder of pictures that Picasso went on its own and did I don’t know what. I have over 1000 pictures that are black now. I’m angry at google+ for not saying permently photos would be gone till after. So nothing on my phone is mine. It’s google. And that really upsets me. i want my photos back. I want to get em printed. I promise I will never do anything with google anything because of this ness. Any ideas how to get them back?

  • cami

    I guess.I should say this is less than month old phone samsung galaxy avant (??) V 4. 4.2 don’t really know what I have… manes numbers. I know it’s working worse then a dollar general topup. Inlm frustrated with all the duplicate programs. Ex: 4 contact lists, 3 texts lists, 4 different miscrophones, Knox stuff??? All kind of wifi nirroring, beaming filrs, 2 calanders, 2 calculatores, 4 possible emails? My contacts list is a mess since switchiver, I mean there’s over 20000+ files and god forbid I delete any cause samsung get me, galaxy get me and google will of the ones I know on phone. All the programs have triplicate in size if not nore. I’ve added external sd. Have 18 gb to work on phone and stulill ram is swamped 800 gb to 399 gb for it to process. I’d like to play a game, do something fyn. Instead I’m in learning mode always trying to figure out how to get rid of the garbage. Oh it tells me I’m rootr, then I’m not I could go on. I’ve sent emails to all involved to give me answer, so far none. Is there anyway to make this a fun phone. I dont qork, no business stuff. I’m a stay at home that wants to have fun with my phone. Heck I can’t hear it ring a ft away. That’s 1st on pet peeve list. I’ve normal hearing but I can’t hear alarn, nots. Or phone calls. Forget when someone talks to me on speaker phone I have to turn phone around so the speaker is by my ear. Just doesn’t seem right for modem,smartcard fancy pace phone. Done sorry I went on so long.

  • Miranda Canvis

    thank you so much i had embarrassing photos and couldn’t delete them

  • Erica Hope

    I’m really scared about doing this because I have tons of pictures that aren’t Picasa and I don’t want to lose them. Are you sure I won’t lose all of my pictures that aren’t Picasa?

    • Chay

      I tried this and I didn’t lose my other photos

  • Sarah Sayo

    helped me

  • Chay

    Thanks! It really help!

  • Gubs

    “clear data.” will it delete all pictures on the phone & memory card?

    • Andrew Cordova-Andrews

      No. Nothing gets deleted, you are simply clearing the application’s cache and app data

  • Pammie

    I am a little late to the party but I tried his process but ended up with Auto Backup Album. This may have happened prior to the change because I have been having a few problems lately. I have a replacement for my S3 which was hacked a couple weeks ago; lost so pics, text messages and all contacts. I was locked out of my phone and had to have techs to a hard reset, apparently he could not retrieve contacts from folder. I get alerts every time I try to backup on this new phone that an IP in Houston, TX has tried to access my phone. Anyone know what that’s all about, I’ve gotten no help from Google?

  • RN Singh

    how to remove photographs from google+ image, which were shared earlier and are still visible to all, though i have deleted my google plus account

  • Sarah

    I’m not able to delete any of the pics in my picasa album. When I click delete and then select the photos I want to delete, it says unsupported file. I haven’t tried sharing some of the ones I want to keep to my dropbox, but I just want some of them gone forever. Any suggestions? I’ve got a samsung galaxy s5.

  • Punkin

    Thank you so much this worked perfectly. I signed into my google account to set up my daughters phone and to set parental controls and all of my google backup downloaded. This worked great to remove the pictures.

  • Lorenzo Giccominato

    gallery doesn’t appear on my list under application manager

  • Lorenzo Giccominato

    I’ve tried it, the photos still appear in auto backup

  • Lorenzo Giccominato

    I’ts okay, I have gallery, sorry.

  • Lorenzo Giccominato

    Thanks, it works.

  • Thank you so much the instructions were clear and easy to execute.

  • LeRoy Dajao Querol

    After deleted still keep coming back!

  • LeRoy Dajao Querol

    I don’t have picasa gallery in my samsung s4 zoom. Also picture deleted keep coming back!

  • Richelle Lamanna

    I do not have a gallery in my applications manager to clear data from. I have an s4..

    • Lester Noel Tran

      go to all apps i just clear it from my s4

      • StacyB

        That worked for me! None ofnthe other suggestions worked because I couldn’t find the Gallery under Application Manager. Found after reading your info, Lester. Thank you!

  • Jeff Franklin

    Once I have completed these steps will I still have my OWN PRIVATE access to my photos on my gallery and Google drive. I don’t want some of my scanned documents and photos public.Any info is greatly appreciated.

    • imdevu

      yes you will.. just not on the phone

  • Sue

    Thank you so much! I had been pulling my hair out as had even deleted my google+ account but my new device was still showing a photo in picasa I had been trying to delete. It was driving me mad!!!!!

    • Mike

      Same here

  • Diana

    If you try to delete them via Google Internet it will delete all your pics from your phone!!! So don’t do that. back up your pics and do a factory data reset if you have to start over like me.

  • MEH

    THANK YOU!11!!11!!1

  • Minnie

    If you only don’t want to see it alls you have to do is click the side button that displays options in gallery and it says content to display and then it gives you options, picasa being one of them you can unchecked to display.

  • Danial KhanZada

    thanks buddy you made my day

  • Meaghan

    This was not helpful at all. I still can’t delete my back up photos from my Samsung Galaxy S4. I guess I’m going to have to do a factory data reset! I’ve spent all week trying to delete pictures off of my phone after transferring them to my computer via microsd. Nothing works!

    • Lyle

      I can tell you a factory data reset does not work. I suggest that you download an app called ‘Tool for Google photo Picasa and that will guide you.

  • builderswife

    I don’t have an Android. I work on a desktop and can’t delete photos from an album. It has a delete button, I can highlight all the photos but they won’t come off. I don’t care about a phone app or trying to navigate them on my phone.

  • David

    damn this helped me so much.

  • Ferdianed Rivera

    After I do this will they be deleted forever?

  • Lawrence Gaillard

    You can first try this. Go to the playstore and download a app called ‘Tool for Google photo Picasa’ it’s free and it allowed me to delete my unwanted pics that my phone wouldn’t that I sent through Hangouts.

  • Sunny

    I don’t see gallery in application manager

  • Tiffany Jones

    Hey can people see all the photos Google syncs from my gallery

  • myra ona

    Thank you. Im searching for this step over a years. Thanks again!

  • Leina

    I have this particular problem even after changing phone. Will try this now, thanks!

  • Anas Saras

    Hello there Thawardas
    Your information is very helpful.
    To be honest, it is the only piece on the web which could solve my problem.
    Thanks a Billion!

  • Mike

    That doesn’t work for a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tablet.

  • Nia

    I use Samsung J3 6 and i can’t find google as subheader nor picasa web to uncheck either

  • A K Mallick

    Great tips. God bless you.

  • Sandra Morrison

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini and when I select Google in the accounts the Sync photos and the others that you have on the screenshots don’t appear to me and I don’t know what to do

    • Holly Louise

      same here. Hoping for guidance for later models of phones and Android OS.

  • Jake Payne

    Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you. This was driving me nuts.

  • Eliya Asraff


  • Spirit

    Would clearing the data get rid of my downloaded pictures too?

    • Desmond

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      Monday 03Rd October 2016 –A E D S T>20:22 H’rs:Mins Thanks In Anticipation Of Receiving An E:mail That Will Allow Flash Drive To Secure The Ancestral Images Since 1821

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      • Prue Schmidt

        When you get this figured out please email me with the answer. I have the same problem, however I have a Samsung Note 3 and I need to get 2 years of photos back. Prue Schmidt

  • Valerie Manyanga

    Woow thank you so much finally I made it.

  • Matthew Boström

    Thank you, you help me a lot , i’ve been figure out about how to delete those stupid google backups photos from my gallery for a couple hours and now problem solved

  • Airstreamingypsy

    Brilliant, I had two of every photo, made me crazy. This worked like a charm!

  • Mengchiv

    I have galaxy mega 5.8 Gt19152 run 4.2.2 of android version. When I go to setting and choose google account i can’t see the checked box on the right as in the illustrate above. I cleaned data of Gallery app in setting and it delete the photo from picasa web but when i have new reminder in calendar i would sync to my gmail to sync to my other phone so i have turn on the sync and the pic of picasa show up again. So any idea to fix this ? Thank you in advance

  • Paul

    This above method to transfer SAamsung Galzay 5Note photos to Picas on PC DOESN’T WORK. Where do I go now?

  • Holly Louise

    I don’t understand this. I have Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Under Google in my settings there is no listing for Google photos or Picasa or web albums or anything like it. Good Photos appears as a separate Google app and is nowhere listed in settings. I have had Picasa for many years and haven’t removed it from my computer because it has features Google Photos does not seem to have, like facial recognition, collage making, etc. I also don’t want to lose the organization I’ve already put into my thousands of photos. I’d like to get rid of the extraneous applications anywhere I can, but have the above concerns. Note: My photos do all seem to be in Google Photos, sync’d to the web apparently automatically from my hard drive, no doubt at some point when I must have given permission for this when the original switch was made. At the time, I had no idea Picasa was being phased out. Hence I’m in this dilemma of having apparent duplicate systems. Appreciate any advice from anyone who’s successfully made it through this issue. Thanks.

  • Linda

    i had deleted some albums at picasa itself, how come deleted albums are there at my gallery when they are
    no longer there at my picasa?

  • Lew Hemmer

    I have Samsung Galaxy NOTE4. When I click on Application – on Manager, and then on Gallery, I get a Gallery window Version 1.0.60 (see attached screenshot). That window does not look at all like the photo in your posting. My Gallery window does not have the ‘Clear Data’ option.
    Any suggestions?

    • Michael Young

      that’s not google photos.

  • Romperto Strakosha

    my Name its romperto strakosa i want to say one big thank you for this amazing Information because i have one very importand Picture and i have find it thank you so much really

  • Michael Young

    everyone: if you have the gallery app, that is not google photos. google photos is cloud based, the gallery app is a skinned AOSP app
    google photos probably didn’t come with your phone if it came with kitkat or lower

  • Vera Clement

    I deleted 17g of photos to clear up storage space on my google account AND I emptied the trash. 2 days later google still claims I have the same storage overage!! This is so irritating because they have frozen my email account, which I need because I’m self-employed. Please help!

    • Julie Leininger Bozarth

      i don’t see any answers to your question. it’s the same one i have. so i guess we will get no help here. don’t know where else to go.

  • Mary Hodges


  • Julie Leininger Bozarth

    it says i am using 15.98 of my 16 GB. I feel like screaming. i have taken off web albums/google from my iphone. i have uninstalled picasa from my hard drive. i have uninstalled google+ autoback up and i have uninstalled absolutely everything i could find to uninstall. my pictures should be completely gone from google, right?! how can they still have them? what more can i do? i have restarted more than once, after uninstalling everything, and i still am told my photos are taking up all my space! i am paying apple for extra storage. i DO not want google to have anything to do with my pictures. i removed everything from picasa to flikr. so why isn’t all that space freed up now?! i am SO frustrated and cannot imagine anything left to do. i dread the thought of closing my whole gmail account, and never using chrome as a browser on my computer again, but it is looking like i’m going to be forced into just that.

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  • paul

    I don’t want images in my mobile . So I backed up my images from my mobile to google photos and deleted my device copy , also from trash and also turned off the show google drive photos in mobile .but still I’m able to see images even though I turned off the sync too . Please help me.

    • Kapfatz

      Same problem with me , I don’t know what to do ease help

  • Memphis Layne

    Ok I’m getting really irritated. I know how to permanently delete photos from my picasa but what I want to know is how to disable it. I want Picasa to stop saving my photos. That’s what Verizon cloud is there. Everytime I take a screenshot or a simple pic, it goes straight to picasa but I don’t want that so how do I did that?

  • Sharon Potts Bacon

    I really really need to delete some photos from picasa on my Galaxy 5 phone!!! Please walk me through this. I’m challenged when it comes to all this stuff. Please HELP !

  • William Palmer

    Rather than deleting all the back up photos on my Samsung, what if I only want to remove from the phone those older than 2 years old? The “free up space” function only allows to delete all the photos that have been back up. William

  • Mary

    someone help me here, I went on the google photo app, and went to my hangouts albums and deleted ALL the photos. Then I went to my phone, and they are ALL still there, and the sync is turned off. I checked back on the PC and the pictures aren’t there, so I don’t understand how to get them off my phone gallery, it doesn’t give me the option to delete the hangout gallery photos.

  • Debbie D Montgomery

    I keep getting these cartoon stupid pictures coming on my phone the file says nothing but numbers on it pictures I’ve not took pictures I do not want I’ve got to go in there every day off and on all day deleting them and they still come back what do I turn off what do I get rid of to get them completely off my LG phone they’re going to my photo then to my camera then to my gallery driving me crazy

  • Kuldeep Chauhan

    Meri G+ pr Kuch Photos apne aap share ho gye hai or bo meri Id mai show nhi Hotey Hai unko dhek rha hu to bo picasa pics hai to plz mujhe btayo How i can delete them plzzz

  • Savannah Tate

    So when I go and try to delete my photos it says that I have to give access to Google photos so I give access to my sd but than says Google photos doesn’t have access to my sd card

  • Fatima Rubino

    If I delete all photos from google chrome, it will not be on my cell phone anymore?

  • Tucker

    Totally baffled about google photos. I take and edit/save tons of wonderful photos. I put them in google albums.
    But if I delete from the phone or the laptop via google photos, it’s deleted everywhere. Obv I don’t want things on my
    phone forever. Cant the albums I made remain and delete my phone photos other than just gallery deletion? Thx.

  • princess123

    I deleted photos this way from my phone, yet they still appeared when using my computer… Did the same thing on there, too, but not sure if they’ll end up popping up again.

  • Bea Cummins

    When you say “Long Press” exactly what does that mean?

    • phatmillips

      press and hold