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  1. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    Got the Galaxy Nexus today. (Yay! :D)
    However, when I added my Google account it synced my photos that are uploaded in Picasa. (I didn't activate the phone, so I forgot about this.) I don't want these on my phone. I unchecked the box that said to sync the photos, but they're still there.

    Does anyone know how to get rid of them? I got rid of them on my Motorola Droid, but I have no idea how now.

    Edit: PROBLEM SOLVED.
    I first disabled the gallery, thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich. Cleared the gallery's data. Removed the Google account from my phone, then added it again, being sure to uncheck the "sync photos" box. Enabled the gallery. Picasa photos are gone!

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  2. Shockwave78

    Shockwave78 Well-Known Member

    This thread is relevant to my interest
  3. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    I've been searching for a solution online, but can't find anything that has worked so far. Most people say to clear the data on the gallery, which isn't working, unfortunately.
  4. Shockwave78

    Shockwave78 Well-Known Member

    Is your folders all black also for picasa in the gallery? I think o e or two of them show a main folder picture.

    I was surprised that it loaded Picassa also, but it looks like everything google you have it loads which is pretty cool and saves time. Picking a certain folder in Picassa to sync would be cool, same thing with the iPhone but the nexus could do it wirelessly.

    The uploading options to picassa and others is great also!
  5. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    Nope, my folders aren't black. All the Picasa photos are there. As a blogger, I have a TON of photos saved in Picasa. I just don't want them in my phone's gallery. :(
  6. clb2196

    clb2196 Well-Known Member

    Settings > Accounts & Sync, go to your Google account, and uncheck "Sync Google Photos.

    I know this because I used to have to manually turn it on :)

    Edit: Oh, so unchecking that doesn't get rid of them? Nevermind then. :(
  7. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    Nope. :( I don't know why it wouldn't remove them! I've tried that and clearing the data, since those are the two fixes I keep reading about for this problem. Just not working here. On my OG Droid I was able to select the albums and delete, but there isn't a delete option on the GNex. :confused:

    Thank you though!
  8. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    Updated the OP with this question... Would it help to remove the Google account that's associated with the Picasa albums and then add it again? Would this mess with anything on the phone if this is the main account for downloading apps, etc.?
  9. nyg010

    nyg010 Well-Known Member

    I think its a software bug. ONe of the things thats bothering me as well is I cannot set a default home screen and disable wallpaper scrolling.
  10. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    That's what I'm starting to think. At least these are things that should be easily fixed, so hopefully Google will get an update out soon!
  11. foo

    foo Well-Known Member

    Same issue here. All my damn pics have synced to my phone even after google+'s initial setting being set to disable synced picasa photos.
  12. mountainlover

    mountainlover Well-Known Member

    What is picisa photos?
  13. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Well-Known Member

    i was really annoyed by this, guys, so i had to get them off...
    what i did was i removed my Google account. this removed the photos. i then re-added my Google account and was just quick enough to uncheck the syncing of the Picasa photos. but yes, you do need to remove your account to get rid of them.
  14. Jersey Tom

    Jersey Tom Well-Known Member

    Picasa is Google's system of cloud photo galleries.

    This question is certainly relevant to my interests as well... have a few Google+ galleries, blog galleries... I'd rather be able to lean out what all is on my phone.
  15. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    Glad I'm not the only one with this issue, but hopefully it's resolved soon. Definitely don't want all this stuff popping up when I open the gallery! But I have Google+ set to disable photo sync as well. Still hasn't gotten rid of them. Oh well...
  16. foo

    foo Well-Known Member

    Ya. I downloaded my default pic viewer QuickPic anyway, so I'm able to exclude folders from my home gallery folder view
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  17. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    I was thinking about doing this, but wasn't sure if it would impact the rest of the phone. I have two other Google accounts on the phone, so it's not like I'd be deleting all my Google info.

    But the account I'd need to delete and add again is my main account that all my paid apps and everything are tied to. Will this delete those apps or anything if I remove the account briefly?
  18. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    Thanks! If nothing works, I'll definitely try that app instead.
  19. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Well-Known Member

    no, not that i could tell. all of my apps remained. and you do have to be quick about it. you can't add a google account without a data connection lol not sure what i was thinking there. it's still early for my brain i suppose :p
  20. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    Haha! Thanks for letting me know! I really appreciate it! I will definitely try this and hopefully those pesky photos will be gone!

    Edit: Unfortunately it didn't delete the photos. Ugh! Oh well, I guess.
  21. Honey Badger

    Honey Badger Active Member

    Any idea if there's a way to view the album covers only, without having to download the full albums?
  22. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Well-Known Member

    it does. you may not have been quick enough. basically as soon as you add it back you have to immediately go to the account and uncheck the syncing of Photos. but it has to remove them when you remove your account. it gives you a warning about this iirc.
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  23. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    Hmm. I'll try again. I removed the account and immediately got a notification that a backup account was needed. I added the account again right away and it took me straight to a page to choose what to sync (books, browser, photos, contacts, etc.) And it automatically started downloading apps I had on my old phone, but deleted on this phone.

    Thanks for your help!
  24. porcelain

    porcelain Well-Known Member

    I fixed it!

    I followed mrvirginia's suggestion of deleting the Google account and then adding it again and quickly unchecking the box to sync photos. This didn't work the first time for me, but here's what did work...

    Since Ice Cream Sandwich allows you to disable apps, I disabled the gallery, then cleared the data. I removed the Google account and added it again. I was sure to uncheck the "sync photos" box. Once the account was added, I enabled the gallery and sure enough, the photos were gone!

    Hope this works for those of you trying to find a fix! Thanks again, mrvirginia!
  25. Tim K

    Tim K Well-Known Member Contributor

    I can confirm that mrvirginia's method works.

    Go into Settings, Select Apps, Find Gallery, Select Gallery, Clear data, Disable Gallery.

    Go back to accounts, delete your google account from the phone.
    Add your google account back to the phone, go into the sync options and immediately uncheck "google photos".

    Go back into settings > apps and scroll way down until you find Gallery. Select it and re-enable it.

    You should be good to go.

    BIG THANKS to mrvirginia for this one. I was getting quite annoyed.
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