Google Photos will now help you free up space by deleting pictures

Google Photos will now help you free up space by deleting pictures
A Google Photos update should roll out today, giving users a new function – a “Free up space” button should appear somewhere in the app. It will let you easily delete a large bulk of pictures from your device, while keeping them backed up and safe in the Photos cloud. The Photos assistant will also suggest to Free up space if you happen to be running out of storage space.

Additionally, from today you will be able to go to and choose to downgrade all of the pictures that you have uploaded in “Original quality” down to “High quality”, Why would you do that? Well, Original quality photos take up precious Drive space, which you have to pay for beyond 15 GB, while High quality photos will not count towards your Drive storage, and you can have an unlimited amount of those backed up in your Photos cloud.



1. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

just what i needed

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Quite handy.

3. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Disaster waiting to happen. Just put them on your PC or laptop. Or both

4. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Now, if they can give us the ability to find duplicate photos across all our devices with Google Photos installed (phone, PC) to help with choosing which photos to delete, that would help me save a lot of space and headache.

6. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

True, I use google photos on my PC and android, and all the photos from my android get backed up every month or every other month to the PC. I now have 3 or 4 copies of the same image all over my google drive deleting all the copies while keeping an original would be a blessing

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I wonder if it'll check Google Drive as well, because I know I have lots of duplicates that I would like to delete and free up LOTS of space.

7. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I really like google drive... the #1 reason I won't switch to anything else.

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