I backed up some photos in my android device to Google Photos. I want to un-backup them. I want them to stay only internally on my device. But if I delete photos from the app it deletes them also from my device. Is there a way to delete individual photos from the backup and let them stay on my device?

I can of course download them from Google Photos, then delete them from Google Photos, and then transfer them to my device. But I need them to be in the same directories they were in in the beginning.


You can uninstall the "Google Photos Backup" from your device or simply sign out from the account in the Photos app. Then go to the web-version of Google Photos (photos.google.com) and delete the photos.

  • Go to photos.google.com and login using the Google account you're using on your device.

  • Place your cursor over items you want to move to trash. At the top
    left corner of each item, click the select icon . (Or hold down SHIFT to select a range.)

  • At the top right, click the trash icon.

I tried it personally (after signing out in the Google Photos app) and I'm sure it won't delete the photos from your phone.


The Google Photos app is a bit tricky, because even disabling sync it still keeps deleting pictures. What I recommend you is to uninstall the app from your phone, and if it's not possible then disable it from Settings. Newest versions of android allow you to do that.

I personally use FolderSync to sync pictures from my device to the cloud.



Simply go to Settings - Apps - Google Photos - Permissions and uncheck the Storage button. That's it.

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