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How to removed synced Picasa photos from Samsung Galaxy Nexus photo galery

When i got my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first thing i did was to add my Google account into the Android OS and synchronized all my Google data such as contacts and Gmail. Little did i know that the Android OS also sync all my Picasa Web Albums photos into the photo gallery application. I don't need the photos from my Picasa Web albums to be in my Galaxy Nexus so i need to delete the synced photos. This is how to do it:

  1. Goto Settings > Accounts & Sync > {your Google account} 
  2. Disable "Sync Google-Photos" setting.
  3. Goto Settings > Apps > All (tab) > Gallery
  4. Tab "Clear data" button. You will get a warning message but don't worry just continue as its going to clear the synced data.
Fig 1 : Disable Google photos sync
Fig 2 : Access Gallery application info
Fig 3 : Clear Gallery application data

Now i have disable the sync of the photos and also clear or deletes the synced photos from my Galaxy Nexus photo gallery.



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34 comments :

  1. hi

    I did the steps but my synced albums are still in my Gallery...how come?

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    1. Hi Queenie, you might want to disable the Google+ application. This is also one of the culprit that will sync your Picasa Web photos. Never the less, what you are seeing from your photo albums from Picasa Web are not full photos. They are just thumbnails. If you are alright leaving them there (probably you need Google+), it won't take much space. The photos will be downloaded to your phone if you mark them to be available offline. I have disabled my Google+ already.

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  2. It worked well. Thanks!

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  3. There is no check box to uncheck the options.
    Adroid 4.04 xperia arc s.

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  4. Thank you, this is THE fix. Many other articles about this recommend only to:
    1.Disable Google Sync photo
    2."clear cache" for the Gallery app.
    But it doesn't work without clearing DATA, as you recommend.
    Thanks again!

    Note: for some reason, the Picasa albums sometimes show up again in the gallery app, I think it's related to using Google + as well.

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  5. YOU are fantastic! I geeked out for hours trying to use unsync.. but clearing gallery cache did the trick, thanks :D

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  6. I have files in my gallery which I don't want removed, so that won't do it for me.

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  7. I manually dragged and dropped photos from computer to Nexus 7, planning to hand pick photos to delete. Following other advice, I pressed and selected a photo, expecting a choice to "delete," but no such luck. One Forum suggested throwing the device out the window. This has been so frustrating to do such basic functions I find myself reaching for the window. Is this really the best Google can do? Do I really have to buy an app to make this device fully functional?

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  8. Thank you so much....i have get rid of the annoying instant upload. it's work ^_^

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  9. worked perfectly...thank you so much :)

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  10. My data isn't stored on an SD card (it is full). If i hit clear data will it delete all of the pictures not just the ones that are trapped in instant upload?

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    1. Hi Cherish, I am using Samsung Galaxy Nexus and all my data isn't stored in any SD Card as the phone does not have any SD card slots. After hitting the clear data button, i can get rid of my picasa albums cache photos which i don't want them in my phone anyway. I don't use instant upload so i could not comment on that.

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  11. This worked on my GS3 but did noton my galaxy tab.

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    1. Thank you Brittany for the report on how this method behave in Galaxy Tab.

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  12. Worked great, thank you!

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  13. Thank you thank you!!! This worked perfectly on my galaxy note 10.1 tablet :D

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  14. thnks man really nice of u

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  15. ThankYou :)... Sir, Its really very helpful to me..... You are Awesome... !!
    Yeah... !! It works on my Galaxy Y.... Thanks a lot.....

    I was worried for last few months, Now your advice helps me a lot....

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  16. this does not work on the galaxy tab 2. There is no checkmark box next to the sync picasa web albums. Please help!!! All of my blog images are in my tablet gallery and it is making me crazy.

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    1. Sorry to hear that. I don't have Galaxy Tab so I can't be sure. Does anyone here care to help?

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  17. very usefull information and work great.

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  18. very usefull information and work great.
    thank u so much

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  19. Thank you sooooo freaking much this helped me so much, happy camper

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  20. OMG. I spent 3 hours trying to figure out. This post just did wonders. Thanks buddy.

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  21. Thank you soooooooo much !!!! Fantastic !!!!

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