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How to Remove / Delete Google Picasa Photos from Android Gallery

The Google Picasa albums syncing and flooding your Android gallery is always annoying, when you try to remove them from your device but fail to do so, because these photos are originally from your Google Picasa folder and not from your device, and you have got no option to remove them from your device directly.

Google’s recent change in rules has made your Google picasa folder merged into the Google Plus albums, and now you can access all your photos in the Google Plus photos folder. Now, if you wanted to remove the photos from appearing in your Android gallery, you need to first stop syncing the Google Photos through the settings.

Stop Syncing of Google Photos from your Android Phone

Although we mentioned in the title that stopping the syncing of the photos would remove the photos, it’s not the first step to do but the final one. First of all, you have to do some sacrifice by deleting these photos from your Google Photos albums after taking a backup of that. Follow the below guide correctly to delete the photos.

Firstly, ensure which albums or photos you want to remove from the gallery. As you can see, we are choosing “Dental Instruments” gallery which we choose to remove from the Android gallery section.

Google Photos Albums in Android

Now, open your Google Plus account and browse to the Photos section where these photos would be appearing. Open the album and select all the photos which you want to delete, and select every photo if you want to delete the folder itself. Then select “Delete” and the deletion of the photos would be done.

** Do keep in mind that you download or take a backup of these photos before you delete them.

Google Plus Photos Album

Google Plus Photos Delete

Once the photos are deleted, go to the gallery in your Android phone and go to options and select “Refresh” and this refreshing would start syncing the device with your Google photos, and the ones which are now not present in your Google photos section will be deleted from the Gallery too.

Refresh Android Albums

As you can see in the screenshot below, the album would be deleted and not show in the Android gallery. Now, the main step to follow after this is shown below.

Google Album Deleted

We know most of you already did the mistake by syncing, thus the photos appeared in the gallery. Now, you need to stop syncing the photos by going to Settings > Accounts > your Google account in which the following options are available, and you need to uncheck Google Photos, so that it shows “Sync is Off“.

Google Photos Sync Off Android

Once you have stopped syncing the photos from your Android device in your Google account, you can re-add the photos to your Google Plus photos section or the Google Picasa, and they now don’t appear in your Android phone. It’s a bit of work for you but we couldn’t find any better or easier option of syncing and removing these photos without deleting them from the Google photos section.



  1. Ellen

    February 2, 2015 at 4:55 am

    I have a Samsung Galaxy 5. I have tried all the solutions offered on all of the websites. I can follow all of the steps to untick the sycs to photos and picasso, but when trying to delete photos from the picasso album, I have no “all” under the applicaton manager. I am so frustrated.

  2. Ian W

    March 3, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I have a better idea still. When the user clicks ‘delete’ on the gallery the system give option, delete from here or delete from [source] or both. Then the system deletes in the next synch. WHY give the user the problem of chasing around trying to find where the pic they want to delete came from? They want it deleted NOW. This is a major problem for many users who do not have the savvy to chase around Android/data/, and reboot phones – all they want to do is delete an image/video that has got to their gallery.

    Any system that requires system programming from basic users has been poorly designed. Is there nobody at google that cares about customers any more?

  3. doug

    December 30, 2013 at 3:29 am

    I have an LG G2, I am 60 & sorta slow when it comes to techy stuff, sorry, I don’t understand Stop Sync in accounts and also I don’t understand how to clear Cache/Data of the application Gallery

  4. Shashank

    August 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Not helpful, i was Looking For the Removing your all the picassa Online Photo from Android phone including Blogging, website, Google Plus, etc

  5. Jaavi

    August 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I think I have a better solution, without deleting the pix.

    – Stop Sync in Accounts.
    – Clear the Cache/Data of the application Gallery and Media Storage.
    – Delete the folders Android/data/,
    – Reboot the phone

    I might not be 100% accurate in mentioning the folder, etc, but that works.. I do it every time I Reset my device or change ROM… 🙂

    • Anthony

      May 16, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Thanks Jaavi!

      I did what you suggested and it worked great.

      On KitKat (4.4) I had to delete the cache files from /Pictures/cache (ie, not the Android folder) and reboot to make the change.

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