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11/27/18
Delete photo on device - does it delete the photo on other cloud services? 1 Recommended Answer 7 Replies 128 Upvotes
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I want to delete photos on my device to free up space. However, I currently have automatic upload and sync to both Google Photos and OneDrive. If I delete the photos on the device to free up space using Google Photos, will OneDrive react to that and delete the photos in OneDrive, in the OneDrive cloud and/or the OneDrive app on the device? I understand that the photos will disappear from the device camera roll, which is the purpose.
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11/27/18
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.

As for OneDrive, it may well be that images deleted from the phone in any of the ways described above will also be deleted from OneDrive if OneDrive is synced to your phone. But you'd need to check with Microsoft to get a definite answer on this.
 
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11/27/18
Thanks for the clear answer. However, the critical part remains unclear - will freeing up space within Google Photos impact other cloud services such as a OneDrive storing and syncing the same pictures. Anyone knows?
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4/9/19
Delete photo
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5/12/19
Delete photo
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6/30/19
Google no more give you option to delete device data from the upper right setting, I don't get the point for "cm up & sync" if you delete from your device then you also can not have it in cloud, my god Google, you think all of us are nuts?
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12/15/19
This is crazy, what is the purpose of backing up then, duh.
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