How to delete photos from your Google+ albums [Updated]

[UPDATE August 18, 2012]  There were a lot of hits on this post because you used to have to know some magic to delete photos from your Google+ albums.  Now it’s a snap:  Simply click on the picture from your profile pictures or albums that you wish do to delete.  Look to the bottom, left corner for Options

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Click the down arrow for a drop down menu and choose DELETE.  It’s as simple as that!  Thanks Google for making this a more user friendly process.



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I spent a long time today trying to figure out how to delete individual photos from my albums in Google+.  It’s easy to do, but not very straight forward.  Generally, if you take a lot of pictures with your phone there are some you just want to throw away.   I couldn’t find the answer by Googling it, so here’s how to delete those unwanted pictures:

  1. When signed into Google+,click the Photos icon in the left sidebar.
  2. My Photos tab defaults to “Photos from your phone” – there is a simple delete button on that page.
  3. Click the Albums tab at the top of the page to explore your albums.
  4. Choose (click on) the album that contains the pictures you want to delete.
  5. Click the down arrow on the More button on the top right of the page.
  6. From the dropdown, you can delete the entire album, but you want to click Organize Album.
  7. Select the pictures you want to delete, and click the Delete button at the top of the screen.
  8. When you are finished, click the Done Organizing button top left, and that’s it.

Here’s a quick screencast:

[Duh, left out the last step – click Done Organizing, but you get the picture.]

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  • farmnwife

    I only get the three tabs in the upper right in the from phone album non of the other albums. How do I delete photos from the other albums?

  • Farmnwife, it appears there have been some changes in the display  since I wrote the post.  My tabs read From Phone, Albums, From Posts, and Photos of You.
    In the other tabs you have to click on an image, any image, to get the MORE button to appear, then proceed. I hope that helps.

  • Jenl032012

    Thanks for sharing and providing those easy follow steps. I got my album organized. Thanks again!

  • thanks for your comment Jen. Glad it worked for you.

  • Lisa Cullen

    Thanks, I was totally frustrated trying to get rid of the crappy photo I first posted

  • Glad it worked for you, Lisa

  • NikkinotMinaj

    ok so i watched the video and i got the new version of g+ and so this didnt work for me. I need help i have a lot of crappy photos. thank you

  • Kristy Mireles

    This was extremelt helpful with out a doubt!

  • Dee

    A huge THANK YOU, whew! you rescued my brain from overload 🙂

  • Thanks for the comment, Dee. It relieved a lot of stress figuring it out.

  • Valon

    It’s different now and you’ll have to be viewing the picture you want to delete, and at the very bottom around the left side, there’s this tiny link that says options and you’ll have to delete it from there……wow G+ XD

  • Thanks for the info Valon. I will check it out and update that post.

  • Kaustubh Sapre

    Hey Joe, thank you very much for your guideline…….it was so simple…….

  • Heidi

    I tried your latest suggestion involving OPTIONS. They’ve taken the option to delete away and added a trash icon at the top of the photo in the admin bar. Easier yet!

  • Thanks for the update Heidi! I haven’t checked in a while, but will update the post.