How To Remove Google Plus Photos From Android Gallery

Previously i wrote about how to synchronize the pictures in your android phone with Google Plus. But this creates one problem, especially if you have low memory space in the phone.

When you turn on Sync for Photos with Google Plus, the existing photo albums in your Google Plus account start to appear in the Gallery. These albums will have small picasa logo over it. This would be okay if it was temporary cache. But it isn’t, these photos occupy storage space on your phone.

So for instance, if you have about thousands of pictures on Google Plus, they are downloaded to your phone when you turn on Sync. And we don’t want that to happen, right?

The Problem Again in Short – You want your photos to be uploaded/synchronized to Google Plus as soon as you capture them. That’s working. But the photos which are already present in your Google Plus account are being downloaded to your phone. Thus eating up your phone memory.

Our Aim – We want to upload/sync every new photo in the phone to the Google Account. But we don’t want the existing Google Plus photo albums to appear in Gallery. And thereby save storage space on phone.

1) Remove Google Plus Photo Albums From Gallery

  1. Disable Sync Temporarily. (Settings > Google > Sync)
  2. Go in Settings > Apps > Swipe Left Twice to see ALL apps.
  3. Select Gallery and hit Clear Data button.
  4. This will remove all photo albums from gallery.

Note that this deletes Google Plus photo albums only from your phone (not from Google Plus Account)

2) Enabling Sync Without Google Plus Photos

  1. Settings > Google > Sync (first option, usually replaced by your e-mail address)
  2. Over here you can choose what to Sync and what not to.
  3. Deselect Google Photos from this list.
  4. Go back, and you are done.
Deselect Google Photos From Sync Options
Deselect Google Photos From Sync Options

I hope this helps. Any questions? Feel free to comment below. Thanks.

Sync All Photos To Google Plus Using Auto Backup

As i said in my previous post, I have been uploading all my pictures to Google Plus. But i wanted a feature where i could just sync the picture as soon as i capture it. And the new Auto Backup feature helps me to do the exact same thing.

So in this post I’ll be talking about the Auto Backup feature of Google Plus on Jellybean 4.2.2. I am using it for about four days now after getting Nexus 4. Its amazing.

Auto Backup helps to upload (sync) all your clicks to a private album on Google Plus. Then later you can choose which pictures you would like to keep and which ones to delete. And of course you need an internet connection for uploading or syncing.

You can also choose whether you want to use Mobile Network or Wi-Fi for the sync process. I prefer to use Auto Backup only on Wi-Fi connection.

How to Enable Auto Backup?

  1. In Jellybean 4.2.2, You can just open Google Settings
  2. Select Google+
  3. Select Camera & Photos
  4. Select Auto Backup and turn it to ON.

Note that you should keep ‘Photo Size’ to Standard Size. Or else photos will be uploaded in original dimensions and they will occupy the storage space of your Google Account (15 GB free).

By selecting standard size, All synced photos will be scaled to 2048 pixels. If you upload anything above 2048 pixels, it will occupy the storage space.

Google Plus Auto Backup Jellybean 4.2.2

Check the image above for reference. On the left side you can see Camera & Photos screen. While on the right side, its Auto Backup configuration options.

When to Back UP ?

You can notice, i have selected ‘Only when there is a Wi-Fi connection available‘ option in both cases. (Photos and Videos). This will sync the photos as soon as you are connected on a Wi-Fi connection.

Where can i find the Photos Online?

All backup photos will be available over HERE. You can then download, move these pictures to album or delete them. Its your choice. 

So that’s all in this post. Any questions? Feel free to comment below. Thanks.

Store Unlimited Photos On Google Plus

I have been storing all my pictures and videos on the physical hard disk drive in my laptop. And within a year 700 GB was just not enough for storing all my pictures, media, movies, games, etc. I had about 20 GB of pictures n videos of my friends and family. And i was about to buy an external HDD for extra space. But then i figured out that i can store all the photos on Google Plus for FREE.

But then you might ask me, why i didn’t think of Facebook? Well the answer lies in this post. Read it full and you will understand why i prefer Google Plus to store all my photos and videos online. And by online, i don’t mean ‘shared publicly’. You can choose whether you want to share privately, publicly or don’t share at all.

About Storage

When you create a Google Account, you get about 15 GB of Storage space. This space is used for Gmail Attachments, Google Drive, And Picasa Photos or Google Plus photos.

And if you run out of space then you can buy extra storage here. But this post isn’t about promoting their premium storage services. So how are you going to benefit from this storage if the limit is 15 GB ?

Free Storage

You will get free storage for photos uploaded to Google Plus provided these photos are of size less than 2048 x 2048 pixels. Photos bigger than 2048×2048 pixels use your storage. Everything smaller than that is free.

Also you can upload videos to Google plus. But you will get free storage for videos if and only if each video is less than 15 minutes in length.

There’s no free storage for files or other type of data.

So basically you get free storage for photos less than 2048 pixels, videos less than 15 minutes in length and everything else which you upload will count in the 15 GB of free storage.

My Storage Summary

I have uploaded tons of pictures and videos to my Google Plus account (many of which are shared privately). Now i have freed upto 20 GB of space on my laptop, which i can use for gaming ! Check the image given below.

Google Storage Summary

You can see, I have uploaded thousands of pictures on Google Plus but they aren’t occupying any storage space in my Google Account. So basically they are stored for free. And I’m also storing the image given above on Google (blogspot). This helps to load my blog page faster for anyone who visits the page. I’ll talk more about that in another post.

Internet Connection

Of course you need an internet connection to access your uploaded photos and videos. Since i don’t watch or use the pictures on my HDD, I prefer to store them online. If that’s what you need, you can storage them on Google Plus.

Why Google Plus and not Facebook?

I would prefer to store photos on Google Plus because of all the features it offers. Google Plus autobackup integrated in Android helps to backup pictures as soon as a new picture is clicked. You can then Go online and choose which ones to keep and which ones to delete.

Google Plus isn’t isolated, it is combined with several apps like Google Drive, Google Keep, Hangouts, Maps, etc. And this helps to organize and manage data easily because everything is available in a click or tap !

And the most important factor is Speed. Google is just incredibly fast. Its not just about storing data, but retrieving it faster. You can access your photos so fast, its comparable to the speed of browsing photos on your Hard Disk.

There are many more reasons, but I want to end this post here because its getting too long (haha). So i hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to comment below.