How to prevent Google Photos from asking permission to delete photos

There’s something annoying that happens when you use Google Photos on non-Pixel phones. You have to give the app permission to delete photos every time you do it. Fortunately, you can put an end to this.

Why is this happening?

Android 11 has introduced a major overhaul in the way apps can access your device’s storage. Previously, the storage permission allowed apps to access virtually all of your files. The new feature, called “Scoped Storage,” divides what apps can access.

Scoped Storage divides files into two categories: “Media” (images, audio, and videos) and “Downloads” (PDFs, documents, etc.). You no longer give an app all-or-nothing access to all your files.

Apps are allowed to access only the types of files that are relevant to them. However, gallery apps that are not pre-installed must constantly ask for your permission to modify files. Therefore, this issue is only present in Google Photos on non-Pixel devices.

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How to allow Google Photos to delete photos

With Android 11, you had to run some commands in ADB to fix this annoying problem. Fortunately, it’s much easier to do with Android 12 devices. We are demonstrating on a Samsung Galaxy phone, but it also works on other Android devices.

First, swipe down once or twice, depending on your device, and tap the gear icon to open the settings.

Scroll down to the “Apps” section.

Next, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and select “Special access.” On some devices, “Special access” is available here without opening the extra menu.

Now find “Manage Media” or “Media Management Apps”.

Turn on the switch for ‘Google Photos’. You may need to select it to see the switch on some devices.

It’s that simple. The next time you want to delete a photo with Google Photos, it will just do it without asking permission first. This also applies to photo edits that appear “out of sync”. Hopefully this makes using one of Google’s best apps a little better.

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