I've enabled auto backup for camera photos except local folders. Although local folders are not uploaded to the cloud, Photos app keeps showing these folders and making a mess. I'd like to have this app clean with only camera photos just like Dropbox's Carousel do.

  • You may be able to create a blank file named ".nomedia" (yes the period is needed; the quotes aren't) in the folders you don't want it to index using a file manager. Then reboot the phone. This should prevent them from showing, but not always. Also it could cause problems for the apps that rely on those photos, so this may not be the ideal solution. – abqnm Jun 10 '14 at 20:58

Update: How to do it in the new enter image description here Google Photos Android app:

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Go to Settings on the left panel.
  3. Click on Backup & Sync.
  4. Scroll down a bit.
  5. Click on Choose folders to back up...
  6. Activate or deactivate each folder by clicking the switch.


From: Back up photos & videos automatically

Turn on or off for individual folders

  1. Open the Photos app enter image description here.
  2. Touch the menu icon enter image description here at the top left and then On Device.
  3. To the right of each folder title, touch the cloud icon to turn Auto Backup on or off for that folder:

enter image description here Auto Backup is on for that folder.

enter image description here Auto Backup is off for that folder.

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  • new version of photos app doen't have this option. .nomedia works perfect. – shailesh Mar 2 '15 at 7:18

Goto accounts > Google > sync > un tick pictures

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    It sounds like OP wants camera pictures to still be synced, this will break that. – Matthew Read Aug 9 '16 at 16:47

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