Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Delete Picture, Video or Album in Gallery Apps

The ability owned by the Samsung Galaxy SIII to retrieve pictures or videos from multiple sources and also the advanced camera has pinned inside this phone will makes you more easier to save and take your favourite pictures or videos. All of them will be saved on Gallery apps on your phone. You can utilize this apps to view the picture or video files.

See also: How to View Photos or Videos on Samsung Galaxy S3 Gallery

For certain case, these multiple sources sometimes makes your phone accidentally save some unwanted pictures. Luckily, you can delete picture or video files and also delete entire albums with ease through Gallery apps.

How to delete picture or video files on Gallery apps?
Kindly follow the steps listed below to do so:
  1. Open Gallery apps.
  2. If required, tap the drop-down arrow icon to select the required picture category.
  3. Tap the required album where the picture or video you wish to delete is saved.
  4. Tap the Menu key.
  5. On pop up menu tap Select item.
  6. Tap the desired pictures or videos you wish to delete.
  7. Tap the Trash can icon to delete the selected picture or video.
  8. Tap OK button to confirm deleting pictures or videos.
  9. The selected pictures or videos has been deleted.

How to delete album on Gallery apps?
Below are the steps you need to do:
  1. Open Gallery apps.
  2. Tap the Menu key.
  3. On pop up menu tap Select album.
  4. Tap the required album you wish to delete.
  5. Tap the Trash can icon to delete the selected album.
  6. Tap OK button to confirm deleting album.
  7. The selected album has been deleted.

By knowing these two steps, now you can easily delete a single/multiple picture or video files through Gallery apps, you can also delete the entire album contain unwanted picture or video files with ease. So Hope this helps :)


  1. I tried your "How to delete album on Gallery apps?" but the trash can doesn't show up at the top. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Hi John Dos Ramos,
      Thanks for coming.
      From the step #4, make sure you have checked the checkbox at the top right corner of the album you wish to delete. The Trash can icon will be displayed in the top of the screen allow you to delete selected album from the Gallery app.

    2. Go to Albums option and you can delete from there only. You can't delete from the categorit's option

    3. John, I had the same issue. When I turn the phone sideways sometimes the missing trash can icon will show up.

  2. I have tried everything to delete my pictures on my Samsung galaxy3 followed all instructions no delete icon or word. Just get given slides how. No bin icon totally confused. Followed u tube video instruction still nothing.

    1. Hi Icing Occasions,
      Thanks for coming.
      That's weird.
      Anyway, if you have installed Samsung Kies on your PC, you can delete your picture from there. Here's the step (I use Kies 3 and Win 7):
      1. Connect your phone to your PC.
      2. Launch Kies software.
      3. Once the phone is connected, click Photos menu. All your photos will be displayed here. You can view your photos by date, by month, by year or by folder.
      4. Select pictures you want to delete and then press the Delete key on your PC's keyboard.

      Another method, if you haven't installed Kies, you can delete pictures directly from Windows explorer. Connect your phone to PC and then explore your phone through Windows explorer. Find the pictures(to make it easier, you can view your photos in thumbnail view) you want to delete from there.
      Well, hope it helps :)

  3. What about the photos it saves. I've deleted them from the surface but I installed a photo app and it showed me bunches of photos I wanted to get rid of. That means they are still on my phone somewhere. How do I get to them and permanently erase them?

    1. Hi Ness Pie,
      Thanks for coming.
      Can you please tell me what's the name of the photo app? I believe that this app is synced with your Gallery app and there's should be an option to disable/stop sync process.

  4. You can't delete albums if they are synced. You can only delete the photos you put on/downloaded/took yourself. It synced a bunch of FB and Google pic albums and I couldn't figure out why i couldnt get rid of them. No delete. now to figure out how to get hundreds of MB of google pics off my phone - just did a softwared updated that was almost 600mb!

    1. Hi Birch,
      Thanks for coming.
      Well, I'm so sorry because I didn't mention that the steps above only works for those you have saved in your phone (internal storage and SD card).
      If you want to remove those synced with other sources (FB or Picasa) then you have to disable the sync photo option in your FB or Google account and then perform clear the Gallery app data from the app info or apps manager. You can see the complete steps to remove Picasa albums from Gallery app here:

  5. Ok but I'm only synched with Dropbox and no trash can shows up for any of thode alboms and there are 210 of them in the Gallery app taking up memory, although I only have 12 albums on Dropbox itself. I'm unable to remove any of them.

    1. Hi Tamaresque InTassie,
      Thanks for coming.
      You have to disable sync option first if you'd like your phone to not display synced photos(e.g: Picasa photos, Dropbox photos, FB photos, etc) in your Gallery app.
      Try using the following steps to remove Dropbox photos from Gallery app (FYI, I write these steps based on my Galaxy S4 runs with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop):
      1. Open Gallery app.
      2. Tap the Menu key and then select "Settings".
      3. Tap "Dropbox sync".
      4. Scroll down the screen and then tap "Pictures".
      5. Slide the ON/OFF switch to the left to disable this option and remove your Dropbox's pictures from Gallery app.

  6. sorry but i knew that.. i was actually asking about how to delete it completely from the phone..because if you just follow these steps it will be moved not deleted...i men you can find that picture again


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