Why can’t I Delete photos from gallery?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

There could be several reasons why you are unable to delete photos from your gallery. Here are some possible explanations:

1. Synced Picasa Web Albums: If you have your Google account synced with Picasa Web Albums, it may prevent you from deleting certain photos. To check this, go to your device’s “Settings” and then “Accounts”. From there, select your Google account and uncheck the “Sync Picasa Web Albums” option. This should allow you to delete the photos.

2. Gallery App Permissions: Sometimes, the gallery app may not have the necessary permissions to delete photos. To fix this, go to your device’s “Settings” and then “Apps” or “Application Manager”. Swipe over to the “All” tab and find the gallery app. From there, select it and go to “Permissions”. Make sure that the app has permission to modify or delete storage.

3. Storage Permission: Another reason could be that the gallery app does not have the required storage permission to delete photos. To grant this permission, go to your device’s “Settings” and then “Apps” or “Application Manager”. Find the gallery app and select it. Go to “Permissions” and make sure that the app has permission to access storage.

4. Corrupted Files: If the photos you are trying to delete are corrupted, it may cause issues with deleting them. In this case, you can try connecting your device to a computer and deleting the photos from there. Alternatively, you can use a file manager app to navigate to the location of the photos on your device and delete them manually.

5. Read-only Files: Some photos may have been set as read-only, which would prevent you from deleting them. To check this, open the gallery app and select the photo you want to delete. Tap on the options menu (usually represented by three dots or lines) and check if there is an option to remove the read-only status. If not, you may need to use a file manager app or connect your device to a computer to delete the photo.

6. System Restrictions: In some cases, the inability to delete photos from the gallery may be due to restrictions imposed by the device’s operating system. This could be a security feature or a limitation set by the manufacturer. If this is the case, you may need to consult the device’s user manual or contact the manufacturer for further assistance.

It is worth noting that the steps and options mentioned above may vary slightly depending on the make and model of your device and the version of the operating system it is running.