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OnePlus Gallery found to conflict with Google Photos gobbling-up onboard storage

OnePlus Gallery could be eating up your device's storage. (Image Source: Amazon)
OnePlus Gallery could be eating up your device's storage. (Image Source: Amazon)
OnePlus smartphone users are reporting that deleting photos from the Google Photos app does not completely remove them from the device. Instead, the photos are moved to the OnePlus Gallery app's recycle bin, which takes up space over time unless the user identifies and removes them manually from the Gallery app.
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Most smartphones come with a built-in gallery or photos app for viewing and editing photos, but a large number of users stick to the familiar Google Photos app for managing their photos and online backups. Similarly, OnePlus smartphones also come with a built-in OnePlus Gallery app. However, if you are primarily a Google Photos user and have been observing the storage space in your OnePlus device tanking, the default Gallery app could be the one to blame. 

User u/100_points on Reddit observed this behavior on a OnePlus 5T device. Using the "Free up space" feature in the Google Photos app normally removes all photos from the device after backing them up to the cloud. On the other hand, the OnePlus Gallery app also offers a way of storing deleted photos in a "recycle bin" of sorts. Recently, OnePlus has also enabled cloud sync for the Gallery app.

However, the OP observed that removing photos via Google Photos does not delete them from the device. Instead, the OnePlus Gallery app actually stores these deleted photos in the recycle bin. Overtime, this can gobble-up space, which can be problematic for phones that come with less onboard storage without any option for memory expansion. 

Now, those who are familiar with how the OnePlus Gallery works know that the app clears its recycle bin automatically once every 30 days. The process can be done manually as well when needed. But for those not in the know, the loss of precious onboard storage can be a cause for concern. If you are totally into Google Photos, you can disable the OnePlus Gallery app till an update is made available. However, this comes with the catch of not being able to quick-edit screenshots after capture. 

The OnePlus Gallery app is a pretty feature-rich app in its own right and users would definitely prefer to have it installed. We hope that OnePlus fixes the app's behavior so that it can better co-exist alongside Google Photos. 

Have you noticed your OnePlus phone's onboard storage shrinking? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-03- 3 (Update: 2020-03- 3)