Google Photos testing feature to delete entire device folders

Strings add a fairly clear, specific description of how the feature works
An undated image of Google Photos logo. — Unsplash
An undated image of Google Photos logo. — Unsplash

Google Photos is likely to introduce a new feature allowing users to mass delete backups from a specific device, potentially helping users save significant cloud space.

According to a recent report, the app’s code includes new strings indicating an option called “Undo backup for this device.” The description provided states that this feature will “Delete all backed-up photos and videos from this device in Google Photos, without deleting anything from your device.”

Currently, Google Photos does not offer an option to mass delete backups from specific devices. It only allows users to choose which folders on their devices will be uploaded to the account. With the new feature, users will be able to remove backups created accidentally by the auto-backup feature.

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Additionally, this option will enable users to free up cloud space used by files backed up from previous devices, all with a few taps. This will be particularly useful for users who frequently change their phones.

However, the new feature is not yet operational. The code strings mentioning its name and functionality are present, but there is no official word on when Google will roll out the “Undo backup for this device” option.

While the feature appears in the stable version of the Google Photos app, making its release more likely, there is no guarantee that it will be implemented soon.