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Free up space on your device

If you get the “Device storage almost full” card, you can use Google Photos to delete backed-up photos to save space on your phone. When you remove copies of your photos and videos on your phone, you can have more storage space for items like apps and music.

Photos and videos older than 30 days can be deleted, but they’ll still be backed up in your Google Photos library.

Free up space on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. Tap Menu Menuand thenFree up space.
  4. When you’re asked for permission to delete photos, tap Delete.
  5. Open the iOS Photos app (not the Google Photos app).
  6. Tap Recently Deleted and delete those same photos and videos.
  7. To see your photos and videos, including ones you deleted from your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.

What happens when you remove photos and videos from your phone

If you remove copies of photos and videos on your phone, you’ll still be able to:

  • See your photos and videos, including the ones you just removed, in the Google Photos app and photos.google.com.
  • Edit, share, delete, and manage anything in your Google Photos library.

You won't be able to see photos and videos you removed if:

  • You use your mobile device's built-in gallery.
  • You're offline.
  • You're not signed in to the Google Photos app Photos.

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