I did some experimenting, although I didn't actually delete the photos (since I want to keep them). But I was able to select them all.
I'm using Chrome on Windows 7.
Open "Instant Upload" under your Google+ Photos
Hit the End key. Your browser window will scroll down to the bottom of what's currently displayed. Google+ will load up more photos. Hit End ...
I had the same problem as the OP: Google+ had uploaded 800MB of photos on my mobile without prompting me. Here is the solution I've found to delete whole album, which was not available in Google+ interface. Open https://picasaweb.google.com/home, there you'll see the instant upload photo album and the option to delete the whole album.
Just recently Google made it possible to do that through Google Drive.
Now in the Google Drive application, there is a folder named Google Photos, you can click on it and have your Google+ photos showing up also in Google Drive.
Then you can share this Google Drive folder like any other with your wife.
All the future photos you take and auto-backup on ...
This has now become straightforward:
Go to: https://photos.google.com/u/0/settings
Make sure "high quality" is checked (i.e., the compressed format which will deal with all future uploads)
Click on the "Recover Storage" button then click "compress" (probably last thing before you go to bed)
When I did that, the next day my storage was down to tiny levels ...
Proposed by an anonymous user, as a suggested edit to the accepted answer:
Setting up Albums and generating the code to embed them in a web site is made unnecessarily complicated by Google. They really should make this more intuitive. Below are detailed instructions for how I learned (the hard way) to do it.
CREATE A NEW ALBUM IN GOOGLE+ PHOTOS
I just discovered a more automated way with desktop Picasa.
Open your Picasa
From File menu, select Import from Google+
Wait until all your online albums are imported to local drive
Go to Tools menu → Batch Upload
In the bottom form, change the radio button to Change options, and change size to 2048
In the folder tree to the left, select all folders
You can't tag in the auto backup album.
When you tag someone you made the entire album visibile to the person tagged so G+ prevent you from trowing your privacy away.
Put those photos in an album and then tag your friends ;)
If you upload using the Google Photos uploader, albums won't get automatically created, but the folder name will get saved with the photo metadata.
Try this: after uploading your photos from multiple folders, do a search to one of the folder names ("solar eclipse" in your case). This will list all your photos uploaded from that folder. Now - for the moment -...
Another possibility that comes to mind is to share a folder in Google Drive. Then both of you could turn on the Google+ Photos feature to display each such folder as an album. Then it's just a question of moving/copying your Auto-Backup'd photos to that album (folder).
Google+ Help: View photos stored in your Google Drive
Open Google+. Place your ...
To finish of the thread: According to Al Everett:
In this answer you can find a way to select all photos in Instant Upload. Instead of Deleting them you can add them to an album and afterwards download the entire album.
Finally the solution is here.
Google added a tiny "Recover Storage" button on the web interface (photos.google.com -> Settings -> Recover Storage).
Use Picasa desktop client to upload all your folders in original quality
This will create Collections corresponding to folders on your computer. This will also count towards your storage quota.
Compress all ...
You cannot delete all your photos in one action. You have to delete them album by album.
Sign in to your Google account
Go to Picasa Web Albums
You may have to click through if you see "Click here to go back to Picasa Web Albums." appear
Click and open an album
Select Actions → Delete album
Do this for each album you want to delete.
This will ...
You can but it is tedious..
I did the same thing but, luckily, I only had 1GB of space to claim back from G+ photos. I had them set to standard (<2048x) size on auto-upload but when they introduced full-size auto-uploads, it became the default setting and so a couple of my albums backed up at full size without me knowing.
To change the size of the ...
Google already has a built in way to convert your pics from original quality to High quality.
Reduce the size of your photos & videos
To clear space in your Google Drive, try converting your backed up photos and videos to High quality, which is a reduced size.
Using a computer, go to photos....
Since yesterday, there is a new function in Google Photos. Now there is a button for this issue.
How it works:
Go to Google Photos
Go to Settings (located under the three dots on the left)
Click on 'Recover Storage'
This will reduce the size of the oversized pictures (and videos).
If the pictures have really been assembled into an album by the user (rather than, for example, just aggregated by Google+ for a particular day), then:
Go to the person's profile page;
Find the album in the Photos section;
Click the down arrow in the top-right corner of the album frame;
Click "Download" (see image below).
This will open a dialog to save a ...
With Google Photos you can currently create Stories only from the Google Photos app on phone or tablet.
Basically you click on the + icon, choose "Story" and then select the photos, see:
See how the app looks like on a smartphone:
Unfortunately it is not possible on personal profiles, for security and privacy reasons.
On a business Page the appointed managers can all edit the photos in the Pages' albums.
People can comment on the photos but that's all.
More about Google+ Photos here.
A Google+ album can have just one sharing setting at a time.
But you can choose and share only selected photos from that album, then the recipient can see only those images, not the whole album - as Google+ creates a new album for those shared photos. The rest stays private.
You can also move / copy those selected photos to a new album with wider sharing ...
If you just want them for Auto Awesome, maybe you don't need to upload them in full resolution. (Since the resolution of most Auto Awesomes is downgraded at creation anyways). Then the photos won't count towards your Google Drive Space at all (free storage).
So go to Google+ settings, and pick the option to upload photos in "standard" size (rather ...
The Picasa Album embed is very old and not development is happening on the Picasa side anymore. Eventually Google Photos might roll out a album embed but they have announced no such plans.
In the meantime I would recommend looking at the community built Picasa album web component. You can see an example of your album which you would obviously want to host ...
I am trying a different strategy. Download all my Google+ pics via Google Takeout.
This creates a bunch of zip files <=2GB in size. I uncompress them and then look at their size to find the large pictures that were uploaded at full resolution. I then use WinDirStat to visually quickly see which files are taking up space.
I heard a rumor about shared photo albums being developed in the future, but can't find where I saw that.
Staying in the Googleverse, the only thing I know of that will do something like this is Google+ Events. If you RSVP to an event and turn on the feature when the event comes up, then all the photos you take (until the end of the event) are uploaded to ...
If you mean keeping your photos from Google Drive private in Google+ (only accessible to you), that is exactly what happens.
Specifically you have to share the photo within Google+
You cannot tag, +1, edit, or comment on Drive photos. To enable these features, share the photo first. Sharing a photo will create and
post a copy of the photo-- your ...
The search in Google+ currently doesn't allow you to search through photo information. However, Google's Search Plus your World can provide the results you're looking for directly in Google's regular search. Here's some documentation on personalized search results
From the regular Google search box photos will surface in the results (in the Images section) ...
While I don't believe there is a tool built in to Google+ you could use Google's Picasa product to link your account and use it's tools to do this. To do this download picasa and Link it to your google account (upper right corner). This should allow you to sync your web based albums, then just follow the below directions:
Go to the File Menu -> Import ...