1. I am the proud owner of an Android Phone (Moto X) with a reasonable camera.
2. I have three young kids.
Kids + camera = loads of photos and videos.
The phone has 16 Gb of internal storage ergo I run out of storage fast. I use the Google Cloud service (Picassa / Google + photos) to sync these photos and videos. I do want to keep them in the cloud and I don’t want them stored locally on my phone.
Android how to: remove photos and videos from your phone, keep them in the Google cloud
You can delete the files from you Android phone and keep them in the cloud. This is how you do it. An Android phone usually has two default apps for managing photo’s. One app is called Photos, the other app is called Gallery.
If you delete albums using the Gallery app, Google saves these files in the cloud.
If you delete the photos using the Photos app, Google removes the photos and videos from your cloud storage.
Do check if you are actually using the cloud storage 😉
“Does this really work?”
Test it yourself, just to be sure.
- Make sure your phone has Wi-Fi.
- Go to https://plus.google.com/photos/yourphotos with your computer
- Delete a photo you don’t like via the Photo app on your phone
- Delete another photo you don’t like via the Gallery app
- Refresh your browser screen, and you’ll see the first photo has disapeared from your cloud storage and the other photo remains
Other options for making space on your phone
Other options for making space on you phone include:
- Deleting apps you don’t use
- Clearing the cache
- Removing old files from the downloads list
- Disabling local storage on your Spotify play lists
- Removing downloaded episodes from your podcast app
- Erase old local file
- Etc etc
All of these options are great and will save me about a Gigabyte per cleanup cycle. The “remove local photos and videos” usually saves me more than 4 Gb.