How to Delete Photos from One Drive?

Microsoft OneDrive or One Drive (also used to be known as SkyDrive) is Microsoft’s file hosting service that’s cloud-based. You can backup your important files online and in the cloud by having them save via OneDrive. It was first launched in August 2007 and has been in use since.

In any case, let’s discuss how to delete photos from one drive. Do you want to know how to delete the files from OneDrive itself or if it deletes files you delete from your folder?

How to Delete Photos from One Drive

You can also hold the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and then click on multiple files on your local folder you wish to delete from OneDrive. This highlights the specific files you wish to delete. Yes, the cloud version of the folder updates whatever happens to your local folder.

You can also sign in on the OneDrive website. Choose the files you want to remove by hovering the cursor (that mouse arrow) over the upper-right corner of the items. Now, on the top of the page, click or tap on the “Delete” option.

Deleting from OneDrive’s Own Recycle Bin

There’s also a “Recycle Bin” on OneDrive you can empty. It’s located on the left-side pane after you’ve signed into your account. Yes, the files stored there take up space on your cloud storage too.

After you’ve opened the bin and see the deleted files, videos, photos, and documents, you can select some or all of them to permanently delete their copies in the One Drive cloud storage. The top of the window has a “Delete” button you can click to remove these files.

Why Can You Delete Files on OneDrive?

If you can’t delete certain files on OneDrive, it might be an issue with your file and folder’s permission. If a folder was shared with you by someone else, you won’t have the permission to delete the folder or its contents from One Drive.

You’ll have to ask the admin to give you permission to delete these files or ask him to delete the files you wish to remove for you. The sender or creator sharing the folder is the one with the top privileges.

What Does OneDrive Bring to the Table?

The OneDrive client app uses file synch and cloud backup to save your files as hosted by Microsoft itself. The app comes as part of a bundle with Microsoft Windows. You can also avail of it for Xbox (360, One, Series X and S), Windows Phone, iOS, Android, and MacOS.

Additionally, Microsoft Office apps integrate directly with the OneDrive program. You need to first be a registered user in order to use OneDrive. This way, you can synchronize your files with OneDrive for sharing and uploading or updating.

Please remember that once you’ve shared a folder to OneDrive, every new file or changed file is saved in Microsoft’s cloud host.

Why can’t I delete my OneDrive photos?

OneDrive is a cloud storage service that is closely integrated with Windows 10. If you have a Microsoft account, you get 5GB of storage for free.

OneDrive photos can be deleted in the same way as any other file stored on OneDrive. However, if you are having difficulty deleting your OneDrive photos, there are a few things you can check.

  • First, make sure that you have the necessary permissions to delete the files. If the folder was shared with you by someone else, they may have changed the link permission in OneDrive. You can ask the administrator to give you permission or ask to delete the file for you.
  • Second, check to see if there are any restrictions placed on the file. For example, some organizations might restrict users from deleting certain types of files. If this is the case, you will need to contact your organization’s support team.
  • Finally, make sure that you are logged into the correct Microsoft account. If you are logged into a different account, you will not be able to delete files from your OneDrive account.

If you are still having difficulty deleting your OneDrive photos, Microsoft support can assist you further.

Does deleting files from OneDrive delete from the computer?

When you delete a file from your OneDrive folder on your computer, it is also deleted from OneDrive. If the file was added to OneDrive from another device, that copy of the file is not deleted. However, if you delete a file from OneDrive from any other device, such as a phone or tablet, it is also deleted from your OneDrive folder on your computer.

In other words, deleting a file from OneDrive essentially deletes the file from all devices that are connected to that OneDrive account. Therefore, it’s important to be careful when deleting files from OneDrive, as they will be permanently removed and cannot be recovered.

What happens if I delete OneDrive?

While uninstalling OneDrive from your computer won’t delete any of your files, it will prevent you from accessing them through the OneDrive app. If you delete the app, you’ll still be able to access your files through the OneDrive website, but you won’t be able to sync them with your computer.

In addition, any files that you’ve saved locally on your computer will no longer be backed up to the cloud. If you decide to reinstall OneDrive, you’ll need to manually download all of your files from the website and save them locally again. While it’s not a complicated process, it’s something to keep in mind if you rely on OneDrive for easy access to your cloud-based files.

Items to Consider

OneDrive also works as (the web version of) Microsoft Office’s storage backend. Every OneDrive user is offered 5 gigabytes of cloud storage space that’s free of charge. You can avail of paid options for 100 GB, 1 TB, or 6 TB separately or as part of your Office 365 subscription.


  1. OneDrive“, Wikipedia, Retrieved May 21, 2022
  2. How to Delete Multiple Photos from OneDrive“, Answers, May 31, 2018

Andy Avery

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