SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission.

News For You
News For You
Notifications

One UI (Android 9) feature focus: Gallery gets a ‘recycle bin’

Phone
By 

Last updated: November 22nd, 2018 at 15:32 UTC+01:00

Here's a neat new feature that Samsung has introduced to its Gallery app with Android Pie. You can now trash your images instead of deleting them permanently. It's like the recycle bin on Windows or the trash section in an email service or photo storage services like Google Photos. The trash is emptied every 15 days, giving you two weeks time to decide whether some photos are worth keeping on your device or not.

Trashed gallery items can be restored from the Trash section, which is accessed by tapping the three-dot button in the Pictures tab of the Gallery app. It's not accessible from any of the other tabs of the gallery (Albums, Stories, and Shared), but that is hopefully just the case for now and will be fixed with the official Android Pie release.

Samsung Gallery app trash feature

How do I enable the trash in Gallery app?

The gallery will suggest you to turn the trash option on the first time you try to delete a picture. You can also enable it by going into the Gallery app's settings. In addition to being emptied every 15 days, all items in the trash are also deleted if you turn it off from the gallery settings. So make sure you recover any important files that you may have deleted before you decide to disable the feature. Furthermore, if you use a microSD card for storing your photos, images, and videos, you will need to empty the trash manually before the card is removed so that no one can access them on another device.

Samsung Gallery app trash feature

Android Pie and One UI will bring many more features to the Galaxy S9 and other Samsung devices, and we will keep bringing them to your attention as and when we discover them. Just make sure to bookmark our One UI (Android Pie) feature focus page to stay up-to-date on all those features.

Update: As pointed out by one of our readers, the trash feature was already available on Android Oreo for images synced to Samsung Cloud. However, Samsung Cloud's trashed images weren't saved on the device, making it a poor solution because of the extremely limited free Samsung Cloud storage.

Phone Android 9Android PieOne UIOne UI (Android Pie) Feature Focus
Galaxy AI summarized

Scroll for more related content
News For You

You might also like

Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 don’t appear to support seamless updates

Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 don’t appear to support seamless updates

Samsung announced the the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6 on July 10, and using Android's developer tools, we discovered that the new foldables do not support seamless updates. It's been almost a decade since Google introduced the seamless update feature for Android and its Pixel phones. In 2024, Samsung finally brought […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 3 days ago
What’s new with One UI 6.1.1? Lots of Galaxy AI stuff

What’s new with One UI 6.1.1? Lots of Galaxy AI stuff

As per Samsung's tradition, each Galaxy flagship phone brings a newer One UI version. And as expected, the latest Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6 announced at Unpacked 2024 in Paris are the first to run One UI 6.1.1. Usually, an x.1 update is incremental instead of a big release, and One […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 3 days ago
One UI lets you create custom shortcuts for specific app functions

One UI lets you create custom shortcuts for specific app functions

As many Galaxy phone users know, One UI has a hidden pop-up menu for app shortcuts, which users can access through a tap-and-hold command. This pop-up menu offers quick access to certain functions. For example, you can hold the Camera app shortcut and, from the pop-up menu, select whether you want to launch the Camera […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 2 weeks ago
[Video] Discover all the advanced features on your Galaxy phone or tablet!

[Video] Discover all the advanced features on your Galaxy phone or tablet!

In its early days making Android phones, Samsung was popular for throwing everything but the kitchen sink into its software. It was an approach that gained the company millions of fans, but it wasn't an approach appreciated by everyone. Samsung gradually dialled down the number of out-of-the-box functionality customers got when they purchased a Galaxy […]

  • By Abhijeet Mishra
  • 2 weeks ago
Samsung could learn from Google’s upcoming Adaptive Thermal tool

Samsung could learn from Google’s upcoming Adaptive Thermal tool

Samsung Galaxy phones have all sorts of clever systems in place to keep them operating within normal parameters. One such system monitors hardware temperatures and takes action to prevent overheating if ever necessary. Interestingly, Google appears to be working on a new thermal management solution for Pixel phones called Adaptive Thermal. The latter is built […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 3 weeks ago
Android 15 Instant Hotspot feature not coming to Samsung, but that’s okay

Android 15 Instant Hotspot feature not coming to Samsung, but that’s okay

Google is working on improving and ironing out Android 15 for a release later this year. As usual, the new OS version introduces a handful of new features, some of which are not entirely original. Instant Hotspot is one such addition to Android 15, and fresh reports say it won't be coming to Samsung Galaxy […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 1 month ago