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How to remove and disable Google + Photos from Gallery app

Loie Favre

It’s getting harder and harder to avoid Google+ as the company starts forcing its social network anywhere it possibly can. One thing that is really annoying is that Google + pictures, if you aren’t careful about adjusting the settings properly, will be uploaded into your Gallery app, causing a jam-up of every picture you ever posted or shared on the social network. Here is how to disable this.

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Google Plus is taking over your Gallery app (and any other app linked to Google)! Here's how to get rid of clutter. © shutterstock (picture Google Homepage)

Thanks to our Moderator Sinkster, we were able to get a clear and straightforward breakdown of how to do this. It’s simple and gets rid of G+ clutter.

He specifies that in order to officially get rid of them, you would need to delete them from your Google+ account.  But there is indeed a different, more effective way of doing this, where you don’t need to compromise your pictures on Google+, yet get rid of them on your phone.

1) First you go into the settings of your phone and under the subcategory Accounts, choose Google.

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I was obviously behind on clearing out the clutter. So thankful to Sinkster here! © AndroidPIT

2) Select the account that is connected with Google + and uncheck the boxes for Google Photos and/or Picasa Web Albums.

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For each different UI, the settings could look different. © AndroidPIT

3) Afterward, return to settings and go to Apps or Applications, depending on your device. Swipe left to get to All.

4) Scroll down until you get to the Gallery app and tap on it.

5) Once you are in the app info, choose Force stop, then Disable and Clear data. Finally choose Enable (Turn on).

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© AndroidPIT

Tada! Short but simple: this probably had a few of you scratching your heads, so isn’t it a relief to have it resolved? Thanks Sinkster! 

Did this work for you or did you find another variation or work around?

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  • Suzanne Moyer Jan 27, 2014 Link

    Thank you thank you. It was getting quite annoying to see those Google+ photos on my phone.

  • Paul Taylor Jan 16, 2014 Link

    Well I solved this a different way - I simply disabled Gallery.

  • Prashanth S P. Jan 15, 2014 Link

    Hi Loie,sometimes I get 70, 80 gb gallery data, and I do use both dropbox and Google+ ,please... is this the way to handle without losing...