Update: How to do it in the new Google Photos Android app:
Open Google Photos.
Go to Settings on the left panel.
Click on Backup & Sync.
Scroll down a bit.
Click on Choose folders to back up...
Activate or deactivate each folder by clicking the switch.
From: Back up photos & videos automatically
Turn on or off for individual folders
With the latest update to Google+ something changed in the Photos app. To ensure you are deleting the right pictures take the following steps:
Go into the Photos app
Click on the top left corner for the side menu
Scroll down to Folders and click on it
You will be presented with the different folders on your phone. Delete everything from there and check ...
I have just found the real correct way to combat this problem. There is no actual way you can easily see which photos are "original" quality vs "high".
Google provide a slightly hidden feature to convert all your "original" photos to "high".
On Google Photo Settings Page @ https://photos.google.com/settings
Click Recover Storage button to Compress Original ...
The default Android external SD file structure
You should have a default structure used by Media Scanner to collect data present on your system, that gets stored on a database, allowing it to keep track of all the media content present on the device:
Music/ - Media scanner classifies all media found here as user music.
Podcasts/ - Media scanner ...
Even thought the photos are stored locally, when in the main view of the photos app only the thumbnails or nothing at all (if thumbs are not cached) will be shown when internet is off/blocked/limited.
The only way you can access the local copies while using the photos app is to open the menu on the left and select "Device Folders" and then go into the ...
Ok I think I cracked the problem. To perform one way backups from your android to the cloud:
Go to settings->accounts
Click on your gmail address(google account)
Un-click everything you do not want synced (2 way- to cloud and
Then Open the Photos app
Touch the menu button or icon and select Settings.
Touch Auto Backup and switch the toggle On.
I'm not a big "Cloud fan" (au contraire, I'm avoiding it wherever possible), so my suggested approach is a little different – though it should work with the cloud as well:
For a comparable task, I'm using FolderSync. It supports a load of protocols (FTP, FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV, Samba/Windows Shares) and even Cloud services (OneDrive, Copy.com, Dropbox, Dump ...
After the photos have been backed up, in the Google Photos app you can delete the photos by selecting the photos you want to delete and then pressing the three dots in the top right corner and selecting "Delete device copy".
This will delete the copy on the phone, but leave the copy stored online safe.
You should be able to plug your phone into your computer and browse your files (probably under a folder called DCIM) using Windows Explorer (Not Internet Explorer but the file explorer) or Apple Finder. You might need to install the specific drivers for your phone if it doesn't automatically connect.
You can then sort your pictures based on date and ...
If you turn on the "Auto Backup" feature of Google+, your photos will automatically be uploaded and will only be viewable by you (until you share them, of course).
If you want to do it manually, simply share with G+ and choose yourself as the only person you share with. I like to keep a Circle around with no one in it that I can share things to and so I'm ...
Launch G+ Photos app. Swipe right on the left edge to open up the menu. Go to "On Device". You can select which folders to be synced by tapping on the cloud icon on the right of the folder name.
Note: You have to turn on "Back up local folders" option in settings. Initially, all folders will be synced and you can selectively turn off for each folder in the ...
You can use IFTTT (If This Than That) and setup a recipe that auto posts from Instagram to a specific Picasa album online. This doesn't require you to leave anything open. Then you can set your Instagram album in Google+ to be public. You will need to follow the directions found here.
The only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to share something to my ...
In Settings->Accounts and Sync->Your Google Account make sure Google Photos is selected
This is in Settings->Google in 4.x.
EDIT: I just checked, and reinstalling the Google+ all fixed this. Uninstall the app, then install it again.
You then need to go into the settings menu and enable instant upload.
Adding to Whitebear's excellent answer for deleting photo by photo, there are two other ways.
You can delete photos from the "Gallery" app and that will delete photos from your device only (though I am unsure of the effect if you set up Photos to display cloud photos in Gallery)
You can use the "Free up device storage" option under the Settings in Photos - ...
This can only be done through desktop on Picasa web albums as far as I know, but Picasa shares photos with Google Photos, so it should work.
Put all your photos with the same location in an album (you can do this with Google Photos)
Go to Picasa Web Albums and find the album.
Under "Actions", click "Album map"
This will bring you to the album map. Once ...
It helped me to uncheck and check again the option "Back Up all" on the phone. It sort of restarts the process of backing up. But now they aggressively forced everyone to switch to Google Photos, so this will work differently.
When confronted with such situations on a tight budget I have used the HDD software offered in the Hirens Boot CD.
There are a few hard drive recovery options to choose from and I'm sure one of them will work providing the drive is not completely fried.
I have had many success stories in the past few years with the various ...
In the official Google Photos app, you can't disable backup of videos per se, but you can exclude folders having videos from being backed up. That can be done like this:
In the "Device Storage" view (accessible from the swipe-in sidebar), look for the "cloud" icon to the right of the folder name.
If the Cloud icon is blue with an up arrow on it, backup of ...
Google hasn't announced anything about moving these. While it's possible, if not likely, that they may do so at some point, your only sure-fire solution would be to download all your photos, delete them from Google Photos, and then re-upload them under the new setting.
If you have a built in gallery app or file explorer delete the photos (locally) on the device via one of these apps (if not install an app to-do so) and then they should stay in the cloud if auto-backup is enabled and ran before deleting them.
This "should" work as it's worked with my phone... But I don't have a lot of experience with smart cameras...
I found a solution.
I recommend using UClean instead of another cache cleaning app. It has an ignore list for system apps, so I could add the Google+ Photos app to the ignore list and prevent the cache from getting cleared.
It also has a folder ignore list, where we can specify the folders to be omitted at the time of cache listing. So UClean fixed my ...
Google+ Photos doesn't exist separately - it lies within Google+ main application. I mean Google+ Photos app comes along with Google+. So you need to clear the data of Google+ in app manager. Also you can uninstall the updates of Google+ and update again if clearing the data doesn't work.
Maybe because you choosed "Only WiFi" when the app asked you if you want to upload photos via wifi, mobile or both...
Try clearing G+'s data and restarting the settings step from zero...
I had a similar problem with a S4 and this was the problem/solution ;)
I just solved this issue after a lot of searching.
The normal Picasa page takes you to Google+, and it does not show the empty folders etc.
You have to use Picasa mobile:
Log in, and you can delete whatever you want.
There is a setting "Back up local folders" within the Auto-backup settings which when checked will upload any images/videos on your device. If you uncheck this setting it should only backup the camera folder.
Screenshots from Google+ v18.104.22.168038142 running on my Nexus 5:
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Syncing Google Play Music doesn't actually download the music: it just updates the list of what music you have. Music streams, caches, or downloads when you start to play it, and you can control that using the settings inside Google Play Music itself: Download via Wi-Fi only and Stream via Wi-Fi only.
In the same way, you can control when Google+ "Auto-...