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HOW TO DELETE PHOTOS IN GOOGLE PHOTOS WITHOUT DELETING IT ON MY DEVICE? 0 Recommended Answers 276 Replies 3300 Upvotes
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My Samsung S7 has been automatically synced to Google Photos so every time I took a photo it automatically sync and back up to my Google Photos account. Now, I am trying to delete some of the unwanted or not so important photos saved or backed up in Google Photos to free up some space since it took 3.17GB of data. However, when I try to delete some of the photos in Google Photos it also deletes the photos saved in my phone/device. (FYI. I would like to automatically save and back up all the photos in my device to Google Photos so every time I accidentally delete a picture in my device I could always look back in Google Photos, I know this could be hard or confusing just want to ask some suggestions though)

1. How can I changed this? or How can I delete photos in Google Photos that will NOT delete in my phone/device?

Thanks in advance to those who can help me.
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Once an image captured on your phone (or tablet or similar device) is backed up to the cloud in Google Photos, you can safely remove that image from the phone (or similar device) without deleting it from the cloud or Albums (including Shared Albums) but only in one of the following three ways:
  • Free Up Space within the Google Photos App: found by selecting Menu in upper-left of screen, then Settings .
  • Delete Device Copy within the Google Photos App: found in  Albums view of Google Photos App, reached by selecting images in Albums that appear below Photos on Device and then by tapping More Options More Optionson the right hand side of blue Selected bar that appears).
  • Delete from Camera Gallery outside the Google Photos App.

Free Up Space will remove all images (photos or videos) from your phone that have already been backed up to Google Photos (photos.google.com); Delete Device Copy will do the same but with selected images; deletion from Camera Gallery software, or any software other than the Google Photos App, will have no effect on images backed up to Google Photos.

By contrast, for images backed to Google Photos after being captured on your phone, if you simply Delete from within your Google Photos App, by tapping Trash , e.g., the images will be deleted from the cloud as well and will no longer be available in Google Photos (unless restored from the Trash within 60 days of deletion).

The specific instructions above are for an Android phone or tablet, but IOS devices offer essentially the same options in essentially the same places, so these instructions should serve for an iPhone or iPad as well.
 
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Lobalobo - that isn't the question. The question is how to delete the image from Google Photos without deleting it on the home device.

I also installed Google Photos. It is NOT linked to my Google Drive, but my phone's photos are still syncing with Google Photos and deleting them off Google Photos deletes them from my device (iphone 7).

I'd also like to delete Google Photos and remove photos from there without deleting from my device. Having the app instantly killed my google drive space including gmail. How can I do this? I haven't found any solutions to this yet.
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If you delete images from Google Photos (photos.google.com), they will be deleted from all devices, such as your phone, that are set to sync with Google Photos. So the short answer to your question, Tony, is that you can't do what you'd like (not easily, in any case).
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 I think this is a coercion tactic on Google's part, so if you run out of space in your Google Photos/Drive account, you will have no choice but to either delete photos from all devices or buy new storage space. I find that hugely inethical.

 However, I think I found a way to do this, although very time consuming. You would have to go ahead and delete the photos from Google photos, but then go into your device and recover all the photos from your device trash container.   Stupid.
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When I delete photos from my phone it deletes from all synced devices INCLUDING the storage I've paid for!! I now have 41,000 pics on my phone, no room for more, I'm baffled at the stupidity of this. What am I doing wrong?
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Restore photos
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This is extremely annoying. This is not how Google Photos used to be!! I've been using Google Photos for years now and NEVER had it delete photos from my device then all of a sudden its doing that the past few months. I only want Google Photos to Backup, NOT sync! If I delete a photo from Google Photos, I dont want it to delete it from my device!! Why does Google services have to constantly change!? Google, fix your sh*t!
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This is extremely annoying. This is not how Google Photos used to be!! I've been using Google Photos for years now and NEVER had it delete photos from my device then all of a sudden its doing that the past few months. I only want Google Photos to BackupNOT sync! If I delete a photo from Google Photos, I dont want it to delete it from my device!! Why does Google services have to constantly change!?
 
As long as I've used Google Photos, deleting them from the cloud also deleted them from the device on which they were captured. (This didn't happen to hard drive folders backed up to Photos, as those folders are not considered a device.)
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However, I think I found a way to do this, although very time consuming. You would have to go ahead and delete the photos from Google photos, but then go into your device and recover all the photos from your device trash container.
 
This won't work if the device's trash is integrated with Google Photos (as it is on a Pixel) and before deleting, you'd want to be sure in any case that the device has a trash container.
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No no everyone. We just want to delete  what is in google storage! And keep what is on our device!!! They  are storing unwanted photos  and I don’t  know how to delete  JUST storage pictures  up in the google photo cloud.
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