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Google Photos and Gallery are 2 apps viewing the same photos on your device. Google Photos also views your entire library of photos online.
If your goal is to free up space on your device, while still being able to view all photos using Google Photos, please use the Google Photos command to FREE UP SPACE. Just tap the 3 line menu and you’ll see it.
DON’T USE THE TRASHCAN FROM GOOGLE PHOTOS UNLESS YOU WANT THAT PHOTO GONE. The trashcan means: delete from everywhere. If you want to delete just from device, open the photo, tap the 3-dot menu and then Delete Device Copy.
Here’s a video that should help: