Google Photos can now save space on your device by deleting images that have already been backed up

By midian182
Nov 18, 2015
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  1. If you’re one of those people who never deletes the hundreds of photos on your smartphone that are taking up precious memory, Google Photos can now lend a hand. The service, which automatically backs up every photo you take, has introduced a new feature that will help you erase images from your device once they’re backed up.

    The update to Google Photos on Android has introduced a ‘Free Up Space’ button on the settings screen, selecting it will bulk-delete all photos from a device that have already been backed up to the cloud, freeing up space for you to take even more photos. To make sure people don’t accidently delete photos that they want to keep on their smartphones, Google asks users to double-confirm their intent before the action takes place.

    On certain Android devices, the new feature will also be able to delete backed-up photos from the SD card.

    Users who back up their photos in High quality (smaller file, compressed file) may also receive an Assistant card prompting them to bulk delete device copies when they’re nearing the storage limit on their device. Currently, only the users who back up their photos in Original quality (large file, full resolution) receive these cards.

    The final part of the update lets people free up some of their cloud storage space. It allows users who have backed up their photos in Original quality – which counts against their Google storage quota, unlike those uploaded in High quality – downgrade all of their images so they don’t take up space on Google Drive.

    The feature is currently rolling out on Android and will make its way to iOS “soon.”

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    So much for that "useful" feature, it doesn't work, not if your snaps are stored on the SD card anyway. Maybe they'll fix it one of these days but I'm not holding my breath.
  3. fl21289

    fl21289 TS Booster Posts: 59   +38

    I think at the moment it's intended for devices who uses internal storage and do not support an SD card. In that case this feature is great.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    I dunno. I suppose it's handy for those who forget to delete their shots but they're stored in the camera folder on the internal memory so it's very easy for one to manage.
    It's a feature that some would love and others wouldn't care about. I'm in the latter category.
  5. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,838   +884

    Man, you've been a real negative Nancy these last few days.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    I have? Sorry. I'll try be a bit more cheerful from here on out. (y)
  7. thelatestmodel

    thelatestmodel TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +20

    Anyone who owns a Nexus device is fine. Same for the Galaxy S6, and a few other devices. It's a feature that's disappearing from new phones, so to have Google Photos start doing this for you is huge.

    edit - also, if you're worried about it not working for photos stored on the SD card, why not just pop your SD card out, cut and paste all the photos off it, and then put it back in? Use the feature to its fullest!
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2015
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,158   +599

    Space management on mobile devices is a good idea.
    Relying on only one copy of 'precious' stuff is a bad idea - -
    the whole idea of backups is to insure there's one copy somewhere.

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