Android: Can’t Delete Photos From Gallery App

Normally, you can tap and hold any photo in the Gallery app for Android to access the option to delete. That option may not appear for all of your photos. That’s because the Gallery may not only show images on your SD card, but images stored on a web service as well.

In cases like this, you’ll need to delete the photos from whatever service they were uploaded to via the web interface. The most common service that does this for Android users is the Google Plus app. Google Plus has functionality that syncs photos with Google Plus via Instant Upload.¬†If the menu to delete a photo doesn’t appear and there is a Picasa logo on the thumbnail to the image, you will need to delete the image from the Google Plus service. To do so, simply visit your Google Plus profile and remove the images from your personal¬†Instant Upload page.

Delete photos from Google Plus

If you want to keep your images in your Google Plus profile, but you don’t want them displayed within the Gallery app, you can simply disable photo syncing by going to Settings > Accounts. From there, you can select the Google account you are using, then uncheck the Sync Picasa Web Albums option.

Sync Picasa option


  1. Richard says

    This worked on my note 2. However, i still want to upload photos to google + and picasa. Can i still do this if it is not synced? I just do not want them on my phone once uploaded. Please advise.

  2. ct says

    Remember to clear cache and data for the Gallery app. Google sync’d galleries should disappear after that is done.

  3. Jo says

    I am in the same boat as Lynn. I tried restarting and it is still there. I even tried to add it back to Googleplus and I get an error message as if the picture is no longer there. It is really starting to frustrate me. I know that response was months ago but has this been resolved yet?

  4. Mitch says

    Sometimes a takes a bit for them to be removed. Perhaps try a restart. I’m curious which device you own and what the folder name is.

  5. Lynn says

    I have reset with no sync and deleted all instant upload in picasa and these pictures are still in my galary! Very frustrated

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