Delete photos and videos

You can delete up to 500 photos and videos from your Google Photos library or in your SD card at a time.

Learn to free up space and delete photos from your device only

Before you delete photos and videos

Know where photos do and don't get removed. 

Photos and videos you delete are also removed from:

Photos and videos you delete are not automatically removed from:

  • Blogger
  • YouTube
  • Gmail
  • Google+

Get more time to recover deleted photos and videos

If you want time to recover deleted photos and videos, turn on back up & sync. Deleted items will stay in the trash for 60 days before they're permanently deleted.

Learn more about backing up your photos and videos.

Remove photos and videos

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app .
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. At the bottom, tap Photos.
  4. Tap and hold a photo or video you want to move to trash. You can also select multiple photos or videos.
  5. At the top right, tap Trash .

You can also free up space on your phone and keep your photos in your Google Photos library.

Restore photos & videos

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