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You can check if the photos are locally stored or not by: Photos → Settings → Uncheck Show your google drive photos & videos If your photos do not show now they were never on your device. To store them on your device download them from Google Photos and also turn off Backup & Sync if you don't want it.


Even thought the photos are stored locally, when in the main view of the photos app only the thumbnails or nothing at all (if thumbs are not cached) will be shown when internet is off/blocked/limited. The only way you can access the local copies while using the photos app is to open the menu on the left and select "Device Folders" and then go into the ...

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