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I have read multiple posts and threads on deleting all photos at once from Google Photos. They all say to select 1st photo by clicking shift and than last photo and than release shift to select bulk images.
This is where the issue starts.

1 - I can only select 20 to 25 photos visible on screen. Can't scroll anyhow to select more photos below.

2 - When I decrease zoom so I can select more photos, chrome starts freezing.

3 - When I tried from Android app, photos reappears again and again even though back up and sync is off and I have deleted photos from device.

Kindly suggest me aome other way to delete the photos
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Hi Jin,
 
Welcome to the Google Photos Help Forum!
 
NOT: "clicking shift and than last photo and than release shift to select bulk images."
 
Yes:  Click the first image in the range, scroll to end of range (not more than about 500 to be safe), THEN hold the shift key until the selection turns blue color and select last image in the range.  Then click the Garbage Can icon.
 
Practice on smaller groups of photos until you are comfortable.
 
On a slow internet connection (up/down) this can be awkward.
 
Let me know if this works.
 
Good luck!  Dougsap (volunteer Google Photos user)
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Thanks for the reply sir. But I tried everything. I have around 40mbps internet speed. I think that must be sufficient. I have more than 50000 pics and selecting 50 to 100 pics will take days to delete all pics.
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Hi Jin,

Make sure that the first image you select is THE IMAGE,  NOT THE DATE.

Example:



I have successfully selected ranges 100s of times.

Start small and get comfortable with how it works, then start doing larger numbers of images.

Best regards,  Dougsap (volunteer Google Photos user)
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Hello, I have a problem with the photos I uploaded some years ago on Panoramio and that now appear on my Google Foto page. Well their size is much more than 15 Gigabyte and I could have problems in receive emails, so that I would ask you and authorize to delete all of them.
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@user 2038...
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BUT REMEMBER: If you use Apple products, run a test by deleting an ugly photo from Google Photos first to find out WHETHER OR NOT deleting photos from Google Photos will ALSO permanently delete them from iCloud and all of the Apple devices that are signed in to your Apple ID. 

You might want to delete a large selection of photos from both Google Photos and (Apple) Photos or you might not. 

I hope Google Photos gives us both options and makes it clear that both options are available and makes it difficult to click the wrong option accidentally.
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Hey Jin. The thing is that you need to scroll through the pictures, you can't just drag on the scrollbar to reach the last one, otherwise the tumbnails won't be loaded and then google photos won't be able to do the range selection. Bad design if you ask me.
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Google Photos has gone to absolute rat shit!!!! First, they take away the Picasa desktop software, then the Picasa/Google Photos uploading software, and they limit you to 15 GB of free, original resolution photo storage when Shutterfly, Amazon, and others can offer unlimited photo storage for free.

So, I tried moving all the photos out of my Google Photos directory on my PC to another, non-cloud synced folder and all that did was delete them from Google Drive! Apparently, Google is storing them in TWO places and only lets me select above 25-50 photos at a time to delete them all.

Worst photo storage service...I will NEVER be back, at least when it comes to Google Photos. And all you Google fanboys and fangirls can save your opinions.

I would rather use either of the following:
- IDrive;
- Amazon Photos;
- Photobucket;
- Shutterfly;
- SmugMug;
- Flickr;
- or Microsoft Photos

before I come back to Google Photos.

Cheers,
Doug
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I used this script: https://github.com/mrishab/google-photos-delete-tool/

Pressing the SHIFT and selecting the first and last image didn't work for me as I had over thousands of images. When I somehow managed to select around 6K images, the delete button stopped working.

I found using the script a lot easier - just copy and paste the code and run.
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It's a shame that the photos are now a "Roach Motel". I have 75GB of photos I want to delete. At the rate I am going, it will take months to delete them. Even the JavaScript linked above is slow, and it stops after only a few hundred pictures. I am absolutely disgusted by Google's insistence on keeping my photos and making it effectively impossible for me to delete them.
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It took all day, but I manually deleted all my tens of thousands of photos. And then all my mail. All my contacts. All my history,. Every shred of data Google has one me, gone. I'm out. Best of luck to everyone. I suggest you get out while you can.
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I add same experience: 40 GB of images I want to delete.  I opened ticket with Google Support but they say that I should cancel (small) roups at once ... days & days !    I guys what about the Githib's tool here above ? Is it sure?  Thanks
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There appears to be confusion about how to select multiple files. This is what works for me.
1.      Left click on the first file.
2.      Scroll to what is to be your last file.
3.      Press and hold the shift key
4.      Then select the last file.
Note: Do not select the “Date”. Selecting the Date (check mark) only selects that group of files.
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Insane bullshit. Basic file management ability is missing and it keeps eating your pictures like crazy.

I just got a new phone that somehow "accidentally" had suddenly photobackup upload enabled, although I turned that off before, and then it sucked ALL THE THOUSANDS of pictures off my SD card and put them by timestamps in entirely scrambled order between the already finished albums. So since there is zero capability to filter or browse anything, I had to batch-delete with provided script above and now disabled and deleted everything Google Photo on all phones and friends phones and families phones and recommending next week for the whole company I sysadmin to disable google photo professionally and privately because of offensive design practices, hopefully reaching numbers in the thousands to stop using Google Photo.

The improvised script only works if you set the language to English.

Google Photo includes like photographed credit cards send over Skype, Email pictures with confidental document scans and all that bullshit which you can't  help to have on a phone's SD card nowadays. If its just sucking up all kinds of stuff without WHITELISTING folders first, its even more mental than anything else already said here. It can't even display filenames, not the simplest function or failsave is implemented.
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The scroll doesn't work when shift is held and the selection get's free once I release shift.
If one is not comfortable with using scripts what are the options left for those trapped in Google Photos?
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20190218 bug still exists. This is a terrible and really noob mistake to make that doesn't exist on ANY of my other photo services. Tempted to delete my entire Google account because of this. I DIDN'T EVEN WANT YOU TO HAVE MY PHOTOS but synch was turned on by default and now I can't delete them!
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Me too.  Today I connected my phone to charge as I usually do.  And all of a sudden all my photos were uploaded.  Don't have time to delete all one by one.  And also, this is is my work account.  On top of that Google archives everything even if I delete the photos.  Dang...
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I want to get out of this
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this is unethical. please allow people to delete their own photos. if you think you will get the money for extra storage after you suck up all the data from the users and refuse to delete it you will only get hate and boycott not the money.

at the moment the only way to delete photos is by clicking them one at the time many thousands of time while you suck up user data in bulk. very ugly. DON'T BE EVIL.
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it's really a nightmare to get rid of the photos on google photos. I haven't made it yet. As Google create an absolute chaos with my photos, duplicating and tripling them, I just wanted to empty my account (which by the mentioned multiplication reached 30000 photos) and start again without duplicity and with a better sorting. 
In my desktop computer I spent hours deleting the 30.000 photos by sending them to the bin in groups of 500 (selecting them beforehand), a super tedious task. Well, the nightmare continues, the photos remain on the google photos of my iphone -I have now removed the application- and in my laptop.
It's totally IMMORAL and UNETHICAL  what google is doing preventing people from deleting their own photos. 
If there is no other way, I will delete my gmail account associated with google photos and use other storage services.
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There used to be provision to "select all" .. that seems to have gone away sadly. Selecting things day by day day .. no thanks. Turned off synch w/ Google Photos. I get the old USB cable and connect to my phone.
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this is mad. Its an obvious push to make people rent cloud space , instead were going to leave !
This is not why google became popular. add the select all button! make people confirm they want to delete pictures 3 times and have a restore all within X number of days if your really worried about people deleting all there pics.
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I'm having the same problem if I try to do all my photos. It is working for a subset of photos taken on different dates so I'm thinking that perhaps there is a limit of how many files can be selected with SHIFT-LEFT CLICK option. It would be best for me if CTRL-A worked to select all files.
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None of your advice works for deleting ALL pictures!
PLEASE SORT THIS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thinking of dropping this Google account. Starting again!
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Irritated but should of known better. This app is so intrusive. I never turned on backup.
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The best way to get this done is to use backup and sync.  Its a pain but you will need to have backup and sync download all of your photos and videos to either your computer or an external drive and trash the hard copy files from your computer in windows explorer (windows) or finder (mac).  backup and sync will then tell drive to trash everything on the cloud side.
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 Delete Google photos all photos recoverey
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