Can't delete pictures from gallery Android

The dreaded day comes and it’s time to clean out the pictures in your gallery. But wait. Your Android device isn’t letting you. What do you do? Your storage is screaming for relief, but you just can’t delete your pictures. Luckily for you, there are a few solutions to your problem.

Shutting Down your Android

The first solution to your problem is shutting down your Android device. There’s a good chance you’re experiencing a bit of corrupted data; nothing serious, of course. It’s normal when your device has been on for an extended period of time without a restart.

1. Press and hold the ‘Power’ button on your Android device. It’s found somewhere on the side of the Android device. It moves around depending on the Android manufacturer.

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2. When you’re prompted with a menu, tap ‘Power Off’ or ‘Shutdown’ or ‘Turn Off.’ It varies depending on your Android manufacturer, but all the different labels mean the same.

3. Wait 60 seconds before turning your Android device back on. This will give your Android device ample time to shut down all processes and complete the shutdown.

4. After you’ve turned your Android device back on, launch the ‘Gallery’ app or ‘Album’ app, or the equivalent version. It varies between Android manufacturers.

5. Try deleting any number of photos from the Gallery app. If you are unsuccessful, move onto the next solution.

Why not restart the Android device?

Restarting your Android device instead of shutting down doesn’t flush the cache data your Android device saves, at least, not as well as shutting the Android device down does. You might have some of the files purged, but ‘some’ files isn’t all of the files. Shutting down your Android device rather than restarting ensures that the cache data for your Android device is flushed completely.

Deleting your Gallery App Cache

It was previously mentioned that cache data can, over time, get filled with errors and lead to apps going haywire. In this case, it was the cache data specifically saved for your Gallery app, or Album app. Here’s what you do:

1. Launch the ‘Settings’ app. It’s the GEAR icon. You should be able to find it on one of your Home screens, but if it isn’t there, search inside your App Drawer where all your currently installed apps are house.

There exists an alternative to opening the ‘Settings’ app and that is to look inside your ‘Quick Settings Menu.’ To open it, locate the dashboard, or taskbar, on your Android device.

The taskbar, or dashboard, is the thin black bar at the top of your Android device’s screen that displays the time, battery charge and notifications. Tap the dashboard or tap and swipe down to open your ‘Quick Settings Menu.’ Inside, you’ll see the ‘Settings’ app. Go ahead and select it.

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2. Keep scrolling down the Settings menu until you find ‘Apps’ and select it.

3. Among the list of apps currently installed on your Android device, locate and tap ‘Gallery’ or ‘Album’ or whichever equivalent app your Android manufacturer supplied.

force stop the gallery

4. Select ‘FORCE STOP’ and then head into ‘Storage.’ It will redirect you..

5. Tap ‘CLEAR CACHE.’

If you’ve already retrieved every media file, from pictures to videos, that you wanted off of your Android device, you could try select ‘CLEAR DATA.’ Clearing the app’s data will completely remove all data associated with the Gallery app, which means the pictures and videos. Confirm the deletion by selecting ‘OK’ if you’ve come to terms with the decision.

6. Try deleting photos once again.

This solution works well with the steps listed under ‘Shutting Down your Android.’

Disable Syncing with Google

One of the most likely reasons that you can’t delete pictures from your Gallery app is because your pictures are syncing with Google. It’s not uncommon to completely forget that your pictures are syncing with Google, but, with a few taps on your Android device, you’ll have syncing disabled and free to delete pictures as you see fit.

This solution also speaks to individuals that have successfully deleted pictures, but, for some reason, their pictures showed up again in their Gallery app. Again, for some manufacturers, your Gallery app and cloud storage are linked.

1. Launch the ‘Settings’ app. It’s the GEAR icon. You should be able to find it on one of your Home screens, but if it isn’t there, search inside your App Drawer where all your currently installed apps are house.

There eixsts an alternative to opening the ‘Settings’ app and that is to look inside your ‘Quick Settings Menu.’ To open it, locate the dashboard, or taskbar, on your Android device.

The taskbar, or dashboard, is the thin black bar at the top of your Android device’s screen that displays the time, battery charge and notifications. Tap the dashboard or tap and swipe down to open your ‘Quick Settings Menu.’ Inside, you’ll see the ‘Settings’ app. Go ahead and select it.

2. Scroll down to ‘Accounts’ and select it.

auto sync data

3. At the top right corner of the screen, there’s three vertical dots. Select it and then double-check ‘Auto-sync data’ is unchecked. If the box has a checkmark, tap it to uncheck.

Disabling Sync – Alternative

1. Open your ‘Quick Settings Menu.’

2. Locate and tap ‘Sync.’ You can also turn on ‘Airplane mode’ just to be sure.