Learn how to find your photos

  1. Restore recently deleted photos & videos

    You can restore recently deleted photos and videos that are still in your trash. Items that are permanently deleted can’t be restored. Backed up photos and videos stay in your trash for 60 days. Photos and videos that weren’t backed up stay in your trash for 30 days. If you’re missing photos and videos, check your trash. Learn how to turn on backup. Check your archive If your missing item is archived, you can unarchive it so it shows in your Google Photos library. Learn how to check your archive and unarchive items. Check your trash If your missing photo or video is in your trash, you may rest…
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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, tap your account profile photo or initial Photos settings . Tap Back up. Check your settings: Back up: Make sure "Back up" 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 Account, make sure you turn o…
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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 device, open the Google Photos app . 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 device, open the Google Photos app . At the top, tap your account Profile photo or Initial. Tap Photos settings. Tap…
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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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