If I take a photo using my phones stock camera app, and then delete it using the stock gallery app, it doesn't get deleted from Google Photos. How can I change it so that deleting photos on my phone causes them to get deleted on Google Photos as well?

I'm using a Galaxy S9 with a stock ROM.

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If you are using Google Photo to backup your photos, you should also use it as your "gallery" app on your phone to manage photos.

When you delete a photo in the Google Photo app, it will delete it in Google Photo's online storage as well. Actually, it places it in Google Photo's "Trash" folder, where it is held for 60 days unless you manually purge a picture or the entire folder's contents.

To my knowledge, this is just the way it is and is by design, there are no options to do anything differently. It is designed to be your "recovery" for photos in case you lose them by any means... How is Google Photo supposed to know if you deleted that photo purposely, or by accident.

  • So your answer boils down to the fact that it's not possible?
    – Reubend
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 20:22
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    @Reubend Not as you describe in the stock gallery app, that's correct.
    – acejavelin
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 20:29
  • To elaborate some, you have to first give Google Photos permission to modify media on your phone. Then, when you use the Google Photos app to delete photos, those photos will be deleted both from Google Photos and from you phone. Additionally if you use Google Photos from a PC Web browser to delete photos, then initially those photos will not be deleted from your phone, but the next time you run the Google Photos app on your phone, it will ask you if you want to review "out of sync" changes, and will give you the opportunity to have those photos then deleted from the phone. Commented Jul 2, 2023 at 22:00

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