How to Hide Photos on an Android Phone

If you’ve broken up with your partner, you may find yourself wishing that your phone wouldn’t keep reminding you they exist. Photo galleries in most modern phones automatically create all kinds of interesting collages and slideshows, which is great when the memories in question are happy, but can be triggering after a painful breakup. I’ve written before about getting rid of your ex’s photos from your iPhone, and this guide will help people who use Android phones do the same.

It should be noted that various Android phone manufacturers use their own versions of the photo gallery app. The steps to hide or remove your ex’s photos from those apps may vary, so I’m focusing on an app included on most Android phones sold in the U.S.—Google Photos. It’s the preferred photo backup service for most people who use Android. Unfortunately it doesn’t allow you to automatically delete all photos of any one person, but it has some neat workarounds that let you hide your ex’s photos quickly.

Hide a specific person from Google Photos

To hide all photos of someone from your camera reel, open Google Photos and tap the profile icon in the top right corner. Go to Photos settings > Preferences > Memories > Hide people and pets. This will reveal a grid of all the different people and pets identified in your photos. Select all the people (or pets) you want to hide, and you will no longer see their images in memories or other highlights created by Google Photos.

Hide photos taken on a specific date from Google Photos

Google Photos also creates memories based on specific dates in a calendar year. This can lead to suggestions you watch slideshows of your anniversary with an ex-partner, birthday parties, or other moments that were significant

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Android photo picker with Google Photos support rolling out

Google is officially rolling out support for Google Photos and other cloud backup apps in the Android photo picker.

With Android 13, the redesigned system photo picker was just a “gateway to your local media library.” Google is now letting users access photos stored in the cloud from the same sheet-based UI: “Backed-up photos, also known as ‘cloud photos,’ will now be merged with your local ones in the photo picker, eliminating the need to switch between apps.”

On initial use, Google will show a “Cloud photos now available” banner explaining the new feature.

This updated Android photo picker will show cloud albums in the respective tab and prominently surface any “favorites.” It is officially rolling out with the February 2024 Google System Update for Android 12+ devices.

Google Photos is the first Android app to support the new picker capability, while the API is open to any cloud media app as part of a pilot program. Google is encouraging apps that use custom photo pickers to upgrade to the Android offering.

Android will auto-select a cloud media app if multiple are available on the device, but “you can change or remove your selected cloud media app at any time from photo picker settings” from the overflow menu.  

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Android will make it easier to apps to use Google Photos

It may soon be easier to pull pictures from your Google Photos library into Android apps, as a new change in the system’s photo picker will integrate with cloud storage apps.

With Android 13, Google started pushing a new system-wide photo picker that allows apps to import photos without first requesting permission to actually view your photo library. Instead, Android would pull up a dedicated UI that could display photos stored on your device and provide only your selected photos to the app. This new method isn’t used universally, but a fair number of apps have adopted it.

But, obviously, there’s a clear gap in the functionality.

While we do store a lot of photos and videos locally, many users also take advantage of cloud storage solutions such as Google Photos. Seemingly, that’s why Google is preparing to make some updates.

As spotted by Android Authority, the Android photo picker is adding support for a “cloud media app” option, through which users can choose to designate an app on their device to show its library in the photo picker. This will apparently support Google Photos, but seems like it could eventually support other apps, too.

Google previously mentioned this was coming, but the functionality is still not live.

When this might go live is unclear, but manually turning on support for Google Photos in the Android photo picker works just fine in Android 14. So it does seem that this is coming soon rather than later.

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New Google Leak Reveals Powerful Google Photos Edit Feature

A new report reveals that Google is trialing a new way of embedding Google Photos features within other Android apps.

As uncovered by the prolific leaker known as AssembleDebug, code hidden within the latest version of the Files by Google file manager app allows the user to quickly edit images with the Google Photos picture editor without switching apps.

The editor is activated by tapping a new “floating action button” when the user previews an image in Files. This action opens the current image in the familiar Google Photos editing interface, but this happens entirely seamlessly and with no indication that it’s actually the Google Photos app performing the edit functions behind the scenes. To the user, it’s as though the Files app has gained full Google Photos editing capabilities. However, according to AssembleDebug, the function only works if the user already has the Google Photos app installed.

Far fewer people use the Files app than Google Photos, and most of the time, users will access their images through Google Photos directly. But for other occasions, such as when saving an image from a web page or downloading an email attachment, the Files app can prove invaluable as it lets you browse through the entire file system on your device. With the new floating button, manually sending images from Files to Google Photos is unnecessary.

You can see how the button functions in the short video clip below:

As is often the case with AssembleDebug’s discoveries, the feature isn’t currently accessible to end users, and there’s no guarantee that Google will roll it out to end users in this form or at all.

While the feature has so far

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Google Photos for Android now backs up all RAW images automatically

The Google Photos app has started automatically backing up all RAW images, reports 9to5Google. On a Pixel 8 that previously captured RAW pictures with the Pixel Camera app, the publication spotted Google Photos displaying a banner saying, “New RAW photos will appear in the Photos view and will now be backed up.” The existing RAW images on the device won’t be uploaded automatically.

Google Photos for Android now backs up all RAM images automatically

When you click a RAW photo, a JPEG version is also captured and uploaded automatically to Google Photos. That’s not ideal if you take a lot of pictures in RAW since RAW files are larger than JPEG and could fill up your Google One storage quickly. Not to mention, it will also consume more data for upload.

The source also reports that the uploaded image appears in the main “Photos” tab in the Google Photos app with the “RAW” label in its top-right corner. The JPEG file is considered a part of the “Burst,” and a switcher appears at the bottom when you open a RAW file, allowing you to switch between JPEG and RAW.

Google Photos for Android now backs up all RAM images automatically

When you are viewing the RAW file, you get “Set as main photo” and “Keep this photo only” options, while JPEG shows “Export this photo” or “Keep this photo only.”

Google Photos for Android now backs up all RAM images automatically

If you have limited Google One storage available, shooting only in JPEG is advisable since there’s no easy way to restrict automatic RAW image uploads to Google Photos.


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Native Android 14 share sheet will replace the custom menu on Google Photos

For those unaware, the share sheet is the page that shows up when you want to share an image, a website, or certain content from your phone. When you press the share button, this page shows up showing all the platforms and people that you can share with. According to Google News on Telegram (via 9to5Google), with changes to the Android share sheet taking place in Android 14, it seems that some of Google’s own apps will stop offering a custom share sheet and instead use the default Android share sheet.
For example, Google Photos is planning to follow Google Chrome and drop its custom share sheet for the new native Android 14 menu. Chrome used its own share sheet for years but is also taking the opportunity in Android 14 to help Google present a more unified software experience. The new Google Photos share sheet will include a preview on the top of the page with four shortcuts directly underneath (Send in Photos, Add to Album, Create Album, and Create Link). A Modify button in the upper right will allow you to select additional images.
The bottom of the default share sheet includes the apps used frequently by the device owner with a row of Direct Share contacts on top. So regardless of whether you are sharing a picture by sending it directly to a pal’s messaging app, or sharing a screenshot of your driver’s license to an auto insurance company via Gmail, the process is easy and simple to use. So far, the new share sheet has not yet made it to my Pixel 6 Pro running Android 14 Beta 5.3.
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