How to exclude your OneDrive pictures from the Photos app

The Photos app in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile is a Universal Windows Platform app meaning that it is the same app, with the same features and the same code, running on multiple Windows 10 platforms: PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets and so on. The Photos app is a gallery with all the pictures that you have stored locally on your device, as well as in the OneDrive cloud. When using it, some users are annoyed by the fact that this app shows the pictures stored in OneDrive alongside those stored locally. Some people may want to view only the pictures that are stored locally on their device. If that is the case for you, here’s how to make the Photos app stop showing your pictures from OneDrive:

How to exclude your OneDrive pictures from the Photos app in Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10 on a PC, laptop, tablet or 2-in-1 device, first open the Start Menu, followed by All Apps and then click or tap the Photos shortcut.

In the Photos app, click or tap Settings , on the bottom of the column from the left side of the app window.

A list of settings is shown for the Photos app. Scroll down until you find a setting that says: “Show my cloud-only content from OneDrive”.

Set the switch for this setting to Off.

Close the Photos app and, the next time you open it, it will refresh to show only the pictures that are stored locally, on your Windows 10 computer or device.

How to exclude your OneDrive pictures from the Photos app in Windows 10 Mobile

If you are using a smartphone with Windows 10 Mobile, go to the Apps view and then tap Photos , in the list of apps that start with the letter P.

In the Photos app, tap the three dots that are shown in the bottom-right corner.

This opens a menu with the link for the Settings of the Photos app. Tap on it.

Scroll down the list of settings until you find the one that says: “Show my cloud-only content from OneDrive”.

Set the switch for that setting to Off and close the Photos app.

The next time you open the app, it will refresh its gallery of pictures to show only the pictures that are stored locally, on your smartphone with Windows 10 Mobile.

Conclusion

As you can see, setting the Photos app to stop showing your cloud-only pictures from OneDrive is easy, as long as you know where to look for the appropriate setting. If you have any questions about this app or the procedure shared in this guide, don’t hesitate to use the comments form below.