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How to remove and disable Google + Photos from Gallery app

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It’s getting harder and harder to avoid Google+ as the company starts forcing its social network anywhere it possibly can. One thing that is really annoying is that Google + pictures, if you aren’t careful about adjusting the settings properly, will be uploaded into your Gallery app, causing a jam-up of every picture you ever posted or shared on the social network. Here is how to disable this.

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Google Plus is taking over your Gallery app (and any other app linked to Google)! Here's how to get rid of clutter. © shutterstock (picture  Google Homepage)

Thanks to our Moderator Sinkster, we were able to get a clear and straightforward breakdown of how to do this. It’s simple and gets rid of G+ clutter.

He specifies that in order to officially get rid of them, you would need to delete them from your Google+ account.  But there is indeed a different, more effective way of doing this, where you don’t need to compromise your pictures on Google+, yet get rid of them on your phone.

1) First you go into the settings of your phone and under the subcategory Accounts, choose Google.

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I was obviously behind on clearing out the clutter. So thankful to Sinkster here! © NextPit

2) Select the account that is connected with Google + and uncheck the boxes for Google Photos and/or Picasa Web Albums.

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For each different UI, the settings could look different. © NextPit

3) Afterward, return to settings and go to Apps or Applications, depending on your device. Swipe left to get to All.

4) Scroll down until you get to the Gallery app and tap on it.

5) Once you are in the app info, choose Force stop, then Disable and Clear data. Finally choose Enable (Turn on).

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Tada! Short but simple: this probably had a few of you scratching your heads, so isn’t it a relief to have it resolved? Thanks Sinkster! 

Did this work for you or did you find another variation or work around?

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Loie Favre

Loie Favre

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.

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  • 1
    jimworker May 10, 2018 Link to comment

    Not sure if Google + pictures is different from Google Pictures. What if I don't want to use either one? Also, what is Gallery app? Is this app in the cloud or is it the icon that comes on my Android device? Sorry, I'm not stupid, just would like a little more background information.

  • Gary Wood 1
    Gary Wood Dec 19, 2016 Link to comment

    Didn't work on my s5, gallery is disabled but still insists on trying to open when I use my camera to view photos
    Why the fck can't we just uninstall these shtty apps.

  • 1
    Nika Obilashvili Jan 7, 2016 Link to comment

    Thanks man. worked really well. I just unchecked "sync picasa web albums" in google settings. than cleared gallery data and cache and there is it.
    when I opened gallery every photo was there exept google+ photos. I have samsung galaxy s4 android version 5.0.1

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    George Sherman Nov 28, 2015 Link to comment

    Wouldn't this also delete the photos that are locally saved onto my phone?

    • Steph Alexander 1
      Steph Alexander Mar 17, 2017 Link to comment

      Move the photos you want to keep to your SD card. This procedure worked perfectly for me to get rid of the photos I'd forward on Gmail, etc. that were clogging up my device. Good luck!

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    Laurie Allen Oct 26, 2015 Link to comment

    Thanks, Sinkster. I had to modify your comments a bit for my Huawei Y210, but you got me there! Couldn't find this elsewhere on the web!

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    Suzanne Moyer Jan 27, 2014 Link to comment

    Thank you thank you. It was getting quite annoying to see those Google+ photos on my phone.

  • 3
    Paul Taylor Jan 16, 2014 Link to comment

    Well I solved this a different way - I simply disabled Gallery.

  • Prashanth S P. 4
    Prashanth S P. Jan 15, 2014 Link to comment

    Hi Loie,sometimes I get 70, 80 gb gallery data, and I do use both dropbox and Google+ ,please... is this the way to handle without losing...

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