We consider Google Photos to be one of the best Gallery apps on Android, but after the Android 11 update, the little annoyances make for an infuriating experience. Due to the implementation of Scoped Storage on Android 11, Google Photos must obtain explicit permission for each operation, whether it is deletion or any type of modification. Not to mention that the constant “out of sync changes” dialog makes the experience quite confusing. So, if you want to fix annoying Google Photos prompts on Android 11, follow the instructions below.
Fix annoying Google Photos prompts on Android 11 (2021)
Before we begin, a big thank you to Kieron Quinn from XDA Developers who found this cool trick. The trick does not require root permission or the Xposed module to make the changes. Just configure ADB and you’re good to go. So on that note, let’s get started.
1. First, configure ADB on your computer by by following our guide. If installing drivers and configuring the device isn’t your cup of tea, you can also run ADB from web browsers seamlessly.
2. Once you have configured ADB, run adb devices at check connection. If it shows a serial number, you’re good to go.
3. Finally, run the command below. If it didn’t return any output so that’s great. You have successfully set Google Photos as the system gallery app. Google Photos will no longer prompt you for any of the annoying dialog boxes, including Delete or any edit operation. Also, the review of “out of sync changes” will disappear.
adb shell cmd role add-role-holder android.app.role.SYSTEM_GALLERY com.google.android.apps.photos
4. In case you want recheck If Google Photos is indeed set as the system Gallery app, run adb shell dumpsys role on Terminal.
5. Here, search for “ android.app.role.SYSTEM_GALLERY and if it’s set to “com.google.android.apps.photos”. If so, the method worked on your smartphone and you won’t get the annoying Google Photos prompts on Android 11 from now on.
Fix annoying Google Photos prompts on Android 11
This is how you can fix Google Photos deletion, “changes out of sync” or any edit dialog on Android 11. I tried it on my OnePlus 7T running Android 11 OB1 and it worked without any issues . The fun fact is that the changes made via ADB survived multiple reboots and another OB2 update.
So go ahead and try it on your Android 11 device. Anyway, this is all from us. If you want to customize the Android 11 power menu, check out the linked article. And if you find any issues in this tutorial, let us know in the comments section below.