Google Photos has just added another cool feature that lets you delete unwanted photos from your albums directly from the app itself. Previously, you had to go to the website in order to do this, but now you can get rid of embarrassing snaps from your collection much more easily and quickly! Here’s how it works: open the Google Photos app, tap on the photos you want to remove, tap on More at the bottom, then choose Delete photo or Delete all photos (if it’s an album). Done! You can now delete album photos directly from the Google Photos app!

What happened?

Have you ever taken a photo that makes you cringe? Now, with a new update to Google Photos, deleting your least favorite images has never been easier. While you used to have to remove an entire album to rid yourself of one bad image, there’s now a way for individual pictures or entire albums on your mobile device and web platform. This feature was first made available in February 2017. If you want to try it out yourself, follow these steps

Why it might be good news

Deleting album photos from your Google Photos account is easier than ever. Here’s how it works: if you have multiple images in an Album, you’ll see a delete option for each individual photo. This way, you can quickly and painlessly cull images one by one (or five at a time). It’s as easy as it gets—and while it’s not ground-breaking, it should prove to be very useful.

You can now delete album photos directly from the Google Photos app!
You can now delete album photos directly from the Google Photos app!

What should I do if my pictures are in an album?

When you share pictures with friends and family on Google Photos, you’ll likely want to share your best pictures in an album. But what if you don’t like one of those pictures? Should you remove it yourself? Or should you ask someone else to take care of it for you? If so, how do they know which picture to get rid of when there are thousands more? What’s a friend supposed to do with all that metadata?! And I don’t even want them looking at my photo data anyway; they might steal all my ideas. There has to be a better way, right?! Right!

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Head to your photo library on the Google Photos website

If you don’t see your album, make sure you’re signed in to your account. If you’re still having trouble, check that you have Owner or Editor privileges for that album. Then go back to step 1 to try again. : If you don’t see your album, make sure you’re signed in to your account. If you’re still having trouble, check that you have Owner or Editor privileges for that album. Then go back to step 1 to try again.

Select an album

Albums are a great way to organize your photos into groups by topic or activity, so you don’t need to go hunting for specific pictures. Once you’ve got a bunch of pictures in an album, though, it can sometimes be a pain to get rid of any individual photo that doesn’t belong there. You could open up each picture individually and tap Remove photo, but now you won’t have to. The latest update to Google Photos adds support for deleting an entire photo out of an album right inside of its interface.

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Click More in bottom left

You can swipe over an image, then click More > Delete. Just remember: You’ll be deleting that photo everywhere it appears in your library, including all other albums. So think carefully before you wipe out an entire batch of shots! To undo your deletion, just tap Undo at the bottom of your screen (or More > Undo if you already deleted something else).

You can now delete album photos directly from the Google Photos app!
You can now delete album photos directly from the Google Photos app!

Delete at will

You’re not stuck with just one photo for every single one of your albums. You may have noticed that, once an album was created, you couldn’t replace any of its pictures. That’s a thing of the past—you can now remove any photo without deleting an entire picture collection. Just tap and hold on a thumbnail to bring up options, then tap Delete. Easy peasy. #2017ProBloggerTipOfTheDay

Can I make Google Photos the default gallery app?

Yes, you can do that. It is worth noting, however, that if you change your default gallery app to anything other than Google Photos, then you’ll lose access to any of those albums which have been shared with you. On top of that, you won’t be able to add new people to them (other than by sharing an invite link), and deleting an entire album will be impossible since doing so requires authorization from whoever created it. Keep all of these restrictions in mind before making your decision.

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How do I get my photos from Google Photos?

If you just want to delete one photo, open up a single photo in your Google Photos library and tap on Edit. From there, tap on a selected photo. You should see an option called Delete This Photo. Tap it and you’re good to go. If you only have one photo in an album, like I do with my Galapagos shots, then you won’t see a trash can icon next to your image.

Can I make Google Photos the default gallery app on Android?

Yes, you can make Google Photos your default gallery. You will want to make sure that it is set as a Default App in Settings->Apps->Default Apps. If you choose Default App Settings, then you will be able to select what photo viewing apps that Android should use by default. Choose either Gallery or Google Photos.

How do I get my Google Photos into my gallery?

Before today, if you wanted to use one of your own pictures in an album, you needed to get it into your computer and then upload it into a particular folder on your phone or tablet. That made it harder to access for editing. Now, when you make a new folder or album, Google will automatically ask if you want to add any images saved on your device (that are already backed up on Google). If there’s something special about that picture—say, you took a selfie at just the right moment—you can even give it one star so that’s appears first in its respective category.

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