Learn how to find your photos

  1. Restore recently deleted or archived items

    If you’re missing photos or videos, check your trash or archive. Check your trash If your missing item is in your trash, you may be able to restore it. Learn how to check your trash and restore recently deleted photos or videos. If your missing item is not in your trash, it may be permanently deleted. Learn when items are permanently deleted If a deleted photo or video isn't in trash, you can’t restore it. You won't be able to restore a photo if: You moved it to trash more than 60 days ago. You moved it to trash, then emptied your trash. You permanently deleted it from your trash. You permanen…
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  2. Check your backup

    Your missing photos or videos may not be backed up to Google Photos. Your backup settings are important to how and when Google Photos backs up your items. Review backup settings Open Google Photos . At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial Photos settings . Tap Back up & sync. Check your settings: Back up & sync: Make sure "Back up & sync" is turned on. Backup account: Make sure you back up your photos and videos to the right Google Account. Back up device folders: If you want to find photos and videos on your Android phone from other apps or devices in your Google Photos Ac…
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  3. Find items from other apps & devices

    Note: These steps are available if you use Google Photos on an Android phone or tablet. If you’re missing photos or videos from other apps or devices, check your device folders. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Photos . At the bottom, tap Library Find the folder under Photos on device. If available, open your device folders to find your missing item. If you want your device folder items to appear in your Photos tab, you can back them up automatically. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Photos . At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial Photos settings. T…
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  4. Avoid losing photos or videos

    To prevent missing photos or videos in the future, make sure: You keep your backup turned on, or understand how changing your backup settings impacts Google Photos. Learn more about backup. You don't permanently delete items, or misplace them in your archive. Learn more about trash and archive. You check your Google Photos device folders if you back up photos or videos on your Android phone from other apps. Learn more about backing up from other apps. You check your recently added items to quickly find photos and videos in the order they were backed up. Learn how to find recently added items. …
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