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.

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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.

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    It seems that it works even when "Back up & Sync" setting is off. I tried to delete a photo from web application and it still is on my phone. Strange is that I don't see backup button again on that photo.
    – Endri
    Commented Mar 2, 2022 at 9:27

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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