Google Photos to Allow Custom Timeframe for Permanent Trash Deletion

What you should know


  • The Google Photos app for Android may soon allow users to customize the duration for which deleted photos stay in the trash, according to code found in version
  • A new code string suggests the possibility of setting a custom timeframe for items in the trash before they are permanently deleted, offering users more control over their storage management.
  • Currently, deleted photos and videos in Google Photos are automatically deleted after 60 days, but they still occupy storage space until then, which can be problematic for users with limited storage.
  • This feature is still in development, and there is no official confirmation on when it will be released to the public, indicating Google’s ongoing efforts to respond to user feedback and improve the app’s functionality.


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Oh, guess what I stumbled upon? Some intriguing code in the latest Google Photos app update (that’s version, for those keeping track). It seems like we might be getting a nifty new feature soon. You know, the kind that lets you decide how long your deleted photos hang out in the trash before they’re gone for good. Handy, right? Especially if you’re juggling storage space.

So, this code whiz named AssembleDebug (hat tip to PiunikaWeb for the scoop) found a little something-something in the code. It hints that users could soon set their own timelines for trash retention. Imagine that! Customizing how long your deleted items stay deleted before they take the permanent plunge. Currently, this option is a no-show for us regular folks, but it’s a pretty clear sign that Google’s got some plans brewing.

Let’s talk code for a sec. Here’s what’s new versus the old stuff:
– New Code: “ {count, plural, =1{Items in the trash are deleted after # day} other{Items in the trash are deleted after # days}}
– Old Code: “ Items in the trash are deleted after 60 days

Right now, the deal is when you ditch a photo or video, it chills in the trash bin. They stick around for 60 days before saying their final goodbyes. Meanwhile, they’re still munching on your storage space. It’s a double-edged sword, really. Great for those “oops” moments when you want something back. Not so great when you’re scraping the bottom of the storage barrel and need space, like, yesterday.

But hey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This feature’s still in the oven, baking. No one’s spilled the beans on when it’ll be ready to serve. And with APK teardowns, it’s anyone’s guess. But, the mere fact that Google’s tinkering with the idea? It means they’re all ears to what we want. And that, my friends, is a step in the right direction for making Google Photos even better.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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