I downloaded a photo from facebook, and set it as the wallpaper on my phone, then decided I wanted to remove it again. The problem is, I have not yet been able to find a way to delete photos from the wallpaper and lock screen selection. I can understand that they might not want me deleting the stock ones, but it seems there is also no way to delete the ones I loaded.

I am on the Oneplus 3T, if that makes any difference. Also, I deleted the photo from the downloads folder, but it still remains there as an option for a wallpaper or lock screen.


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Normally, it is the home launcher app which changes the wallpaper in the device, both for home screen and lock screen. For default stock home launcher in OxygenOS, the custom image wallpapers are saved inside /data/user/0/net.oneplus.launcher/files/ with prefix wallpaper.

So, without root access, all you can do is bear that entry, or, clear data for your launcher app (which would remove all the settings and changes you've ever made in that launcher). To clear data, go into Settings app → Apps → choose Show system apps → locate your home launcher app → Storage → Clear data.

For rooted devices only

If you want to prevent that image to reappear in wallpaper selection view, you have to edit the database inside which its entry is stored and then delete that entry. Simply removing the wallpaper file from data directory doesn't always work.

The database you're looking for is named saved_wallpaper_images.db located inside /data/user/0/net.oneplus.launcher/databases. You'd need tools to edit that database.

You can pull it into your PC, edit it using a compatible software, push it back and then fix permissions. This is a messy solution.

You can use sqlite3 inary compiled for your device's architecture and then use it within your device to edit out that database. You'd need to search on web some commands (common enough) to load a database, locate a table, and delete a row. This is again messy.

There are some apps which claim to both read and write an app's database, such as SQLite Editor. It didn't work in my case though. I have My Android Tools (Pro) (not available in Play Store anymore) and I used it to remove the entries for wallpapers from the aforesaid database. It is quite easy to use. Select the app, select the database, select the table, then row and tap on delete icon.


Under Settings > Device care > Storage > User date > Files check the wallpaper file you want to delete. At bottom of screen is the trash barrel symbol. Press it then reboot the Android device. The wallpaper file is gone.

  • Hello Verne. On which Android device and Android version did you solution? My OnePlus 6 running Android 10 doesn't have Device care setting and either does it show wallpapers under Storage > Files.
    – Firelord
    Apr 21, 2020 at 11:57

I believe you should be able to just tap & hold the undesired picture in the selection screen, and then tap the trash icon that appears on the top right of the screen.

Note this is on Android 11 on a Pixel phone


Cussed out Samsung for not making this easy. If you have selected one or more image(s) to use as either lock screen or homepage images the solution is to move just one of the images to another location other than PICTURES then reboot. If you don't reboot the system will just complain that you have to select another image but you can't. Just reboot and that apparently clears the image list. Now it's just a matter of running the wallpaper tool, selecting the image(s) you want to use and the list is rebuilt. Pain in the wazoo but works.

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