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Google Photos offers you a great service: the automatic backup of your photos and their storage in the cloud. But at what cost? Your privacy. Google can scan your photos, identify your face and track your location. No company should have that much information about you. Learn how to delete your photos from Google.
Why do you Want to Delete Photos from Google?
Users are attracted to Google Photos by its unlimited storage, cross-platform syncing, and sharing capabilities. Some may also appreciate the photo recognition AI, which identifies faces and objects in users’ photos and generates searchable keywords.
However, the data capture capabilities of Google Photos have grown considerably since its launch in 2015. These same features can give Google detailed and uncomfortable glimpses into your life:
- Identify your friends in your photos and infer family relationships – whether they’re tagged or not.
- Create a profile of your favorite activities from the photos you upload.
- Use landmarks to locate your photos – even if you’ve turned off your camera’s location settings.
For some, this is a fair compromise. For others, it’s an unacceptable invasion of privacy. If you’re determined to clean up your Google Photos account, see below.
To Remove All Google Photos
- Open Google Photos
- Select the first photo
- or move the mouse over the first date to select all photos of that date.
- Scroll down, but not too far and not too fast. While trying, I found that you can click “Page Down” about 4-5 times.
- Move the mouse over a photo and hold down the Shift key.
- When the thumbs turn blue, you can select with a left mouse click.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3
- If the thumbs do not turn blue, return to the last selected image, select another image, and repeat steps 2-3.
To delete photos from Google Photos using album view
- There’s a new way to remove photos from Google’s photo library when you’re in album view.
- Go to https://photos.google.com/albums.
- Click an album to open it
- Select the images you want to delete as described above.
- Click on 3 vertical points in the upper right corner (More options)
- Select “Move to Trash” to delete photos from the library and all albums.
- If you wish to delete an empty album, click “Delete Album”.
- Confirm “Items moved to the Recycle Bin will be removed from the Recycle Bin” :
- Your Google Photo Library
- All your synchronized devices
- Contents such as albums
- Google Drive
- Click on “Delete”.
Removing photos from a mobile device
For those of you who are not so bothered by Google sniffing, you should only delete all photos from your device, not Google Photos. This allows you to create space on your phone while keeping all your photos saved on Google Photos safe. There are several ways to do this:
- Launch Google Photos on your phone and select a photo to delete. Then, tap the icon with the three dots at the top to open the menu. Then simply select “Remove from device” and the photo will be deleted from your phone, but not from Google Photos.
- Go to Google Photos Settings and select Share Space on Device. This tells you that the photos have been saved in Google Photos, and you can press Delete to remove all the photos from your device.
- This is the typical remote option. Just open your photo gallery and trash all your photos. You can also delete multiple photos this way.
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