How to Delete All Photos From Google Photos At Once?

Google Photos is a great way to backup, organize, and share your photos with the world. It has an easy way to automatically backup all your photos without having to worry that you’ll lose them.

But sometimes you may need to permanently delete all your photos from Google Photos. Deleting all your photos from Google Photos is a tough job to do and time-consuming as well, but sometimes it’s necessary.

But if you want to get rid of all your photos stored on Google Photos for good, here’s how to delete all photos from Google Photos. I tried to explain every step in detail to remove your images from Google Photos.

Backup Your Photos

No matter what you think about your images on Google Photos, it’s not a good idea to delete your photos without backing up. While there’s no way to see an image once it is deleted from the service, there is a chance that you will lose access to all your photos.

If you have a copy elsewhere on cloud storage, it ensures your photos aren’t lost for good. There are many free image hosting sites or cloud storage websites available on the web for this purpose.

How To Delete Individual Photo From Google Photos?

First, we’ll tackle the basics of removing individual images. Although it’s not entirely necessary to know about it, it is a good idea for you to have a little bit of knowledge.

1) On Desktop

Follow the given procedure to remove individual photos from Google Photos on the desktop:

  1. Log in to your Google Photos account on any browser.
  2. Select any photo which you want to delete by clicking on the white checkmark on the top-left corner of an image you want to remove. Checkmark will turn blue once it’s selected.
how to delete all photos from google photos
  1. After selecting, click on the Delete icon on the top right corner of the screen.
how to delete all photos from google photos
  1. It will show a confirmation message, click on Move to Bin and you’re done.
  2. Your selected image is moved to trash.

2) On Smartphone

Follow the given instructions to remove Google Photos images from an android device:

  1. Open Google Photos app.
  2. Long-tap on any image you want to remove. The image will be selected.
how to delete all photos from google photos
  1. Now, click on the delete icon or can icon.
  2. Then, tap Move to trash
  3. The selected image will be deleted.

How to Delete Multiple Photos From Google Photos?

We just learned about deleting a single photo from Google Photos. We can select multiple photos as well and delete them with a single click.

1) On Desktop

  1. Log in to your Google Photos account on any browser.
  2. Select an image, you want to delete, by clicking on the white checkmark on the top-left corner of the image.
  3. Once the image is selected, now select photos you want to delete at once.
how to delete all photos from google photos
  1. After selecting the particular photos which you want to get rid of, click on the Delete button on the top right corner.
  2. Your photos will be deleted.

We have one more interesting option here to select multiple images. Google Photos categorizes the photos according to the date and year.

If we click on the particular date, all the photos on that specific date will get selected. Let’s look at this method too:

  1. Click on the checkmark next to the specific date and all photos of that particular date will be highlighted.
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  1. Now, you can delete them easily.

2) On Smartphone

We can do the same thing on an android device as well to remove multiple pictures. Follow the given guide carefully:

  1. Launch the Google Photos app
  2. Long-tap on any image and then, tap on other pictures you want to delete.
how to delete all photos from google photos
  1. After selecting the pictures, click on the bin icon.
  2. Then, tap on Move to trash
  3. You’re done.

Similarly, you can select a range of pictures by tapping on a specific date as well. Let’s have a quick look at this method as well:

  1. Long tap on a specific date. All photos of that particular date will be selected.
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  1. Now, tap on Delete to remove them.

How to Delete Photos From Google Photos At Once?

Now, we have come to our main topic of deleting all photos from Google Photos at once. Strictly speaking, there is no one single click of removing all photos permanently.

It’s going to take some time if you have a lot of photos. You’ll need to be patient and put in the effort to delete all photos. So, let’s dive in and see how to delete all photos.

Tip: Good news is that you can delete unwanted photos from Google Drive as well as, one of the other Google services, by following the same procedure.

1) On Desktop

As I said earlier, Google Photos doesn’t have the feature to delete all photos at once. There is no Select All option or anything like that.

Luckily, there are some ways to bulk select the photos at once. After selecting, you can delete them easily.

Procedure on Google Photos Account:

  1. Open your Google Photos account on any browser.
  2. Select the very first image by clicking on the white checkmark in its top-left corner.
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  1. Once the top photo is selected, scroll down to the last image.
  2. Click on the final photo while holding the shift key from your keyboard.
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  1. You’ll notice that all photos have been selected. It’s important to hold shift key when you will select the last picture.
  2. Now, click trash or Delete icon on the top right corner and all of your photos will be moved to trash.

You can follow the same method on google drive as well by following the same steps. The pictures will be removed from all your devices where this Google account is logged in.

Important Note:

Some users have reported that you can select only 500 photos by using this method. If this happens with you too then, select the first 500 photos and delete them. Again select five hundred and delete them.

Unluckily, you will have to repeat this procedure until all your photos have been deleted. There is no other way.

Speed Up the Process:

I have a tip by following which you can speed up the process of removing photos. You can zoom out the chrome page. You can zoom out the page by scrolling down using the mouse while holding the CTRL key from the keyboard.

Alternately, you can press CTRL+-(minus) together to zoom out. Now, you can select and delete all your google photos quickly.

Empty Bin:

After deleting photos, they are moved to trash/Bin just like the recycle bin on Windows OS. Google automatically deletes the Bin folder after 60 days but you can manually do it instantly.

  1. Follow the given procedure:
  2. On the left sidebar, click on the Bin option.
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  1. Then, click on Empty Bin

You have deleted photos from your Google photos storage and from all synced devices.

2) On Smartphone

Now, we will follow the same procedure on android device as well. So, let’s begin.

Procedure on Google Photos App:

Follow the given procedure on the mobile device to delete all photos:

  1. Lauch Google Photos app
  2. Tap and hold the first photo and start scrolling down to the last photo in your Google account. It’s important not to lift your finger from the screen while selecting the photo.
  3. All the photos will be selected as you scroll down. Again, don’t lift your finger from the screen after selecting the first photo instead scroll down.
  4. Once all photos are selected, tap on the trash bin icon. Images will be moved to trash.
  1. You have permanently deleted the selected images.

Google drive has the facility to select all images at once. However, you can manually select photos as well to remove images.

Important Note:

For some users after selecting the first photo, they are unable to scroll down while keeping their finger on the screen.

To fix this issue, scroll down to the last photo. Now, tap and hold the last photo and scroll up to the top photo without lifting your finger from the screen.

Empty Trash:

Now, we will empty the trash on android. Follow the given method to permanently delete the images from your Google Account:

  1. Open Google Photos app
  2. Navigate to the Library menu icon on the bottom.
how to delete all photos from google photos at once
  1. Tap on Trash.
  2. Click on three dots > Empty trash.
  3. All images have been deleted permanently.

How to Delete Photos From Albums on Google Photos?

Now, I will show you the method of deleting images from the Google Photos folder or albums. Let’s directly dive into the procedure on both devices.

1) On Desktop

Deleting images from the album is almost the same as deleting them from the photos section as discussed above. Follow the given procedure:

  1. Navigate to the Albums section
  2. Open any album you want to get rid of.
how to delete all photos from google photos at once
  1. Select the first picture and then, go to the last picture and select it by holding the shift key from the keyboard. All images will be selected.
  2. Now, click on three dots > Move to trash on the top right-hand corner.
how to delete all photos from google photos at once
  1. Images will be moved to trash.

After deleting photos, you can empty the trash by following the method discussed above. In this way, you can delete all your google photos permanently or permanent deletion.

2) On Smartphone

Follow the given steps to do the same thing on an Android smartphone:

  1. Navigate to the Library section.
  2. Here, you will see all the albums.
  3. Open, any album.
  4. Tap and hold the first picture and start scrolling down to the last photo in your Google Photos.
  5. After selecting all the images, click on three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen and tap on Remove from album
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  1. That’s it.

Now, you can delete them from the empty trash as well by following the method discussed in the above section. This is how you can delete photos on your google photos account.

Wrapping Up

I know it will take some time to clear absolutely everything in Google Photos but there is no other way to clear your Google Photos website.

I tried to describe each step in detail but if you have any problems, do not hesitate to ask in the comments and I will try to help you as soon as possible about permanently delete photos from Google Photos.

how to delete all photos from google photos

Hi, I'm Muhammad Bilal, founder of Tech Spying, that provides useful tech related tips, tricks, hacks, how to and much more stuff. I am a part time content writer and feed this blog with helpful technology skills.

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