Delete photos & videos

Backed up photos and videos you delete will stay in your trash for 60 days before they are
permanently deleted forever. Photos and videos that were permanently deleted can’t be restored. Learn how to turn on backup.

Before you delete photos & videos

Learn where photos and videos do and don’t get removed.

Items you delete from Google Photos are also removed from:

  • Android devices, iPhones, and iPads with Google Photos installed and backup turned on.
  • Google Photos albums.
  • Shared albums and conversations you added them to.
  • Some Google Photos highlight videos. Learn more about deleted photos in highlight videos.
  • Local storage when files are downloaded to iPhones and iPads, and some devices on Android 11 or later.

Items you delete aren't automatically removed from:

  • Blogger
  • Drive
  • Gmail
  • YouTube

Delete photos & videos

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com/login.
  2. Choose the photo or video that you want to delete.
  3. At the top, click Select Select.
  4. At the top, click Delete Delete and then Move to trash.
  5. To undo, at the bottom, click Undo.

Tips:

  • If you backed up your photo or video before you delete it, it will stay in your trash for 60 days.
  • Some photos save space when deleted. If you delete a photo that saves storage space in your Google Account, you may get an estimate of the recovered storage.

Empty your trash

Important: If you get a prompt to "Delete permanently" when you move photos and videos to trash, your trash is full. You can choose to delete these photos and videos permanently, but if you would like the ability to restore these photos and videos, you must first empty your trash. When you empty your trash, you permanently delete any photos and videos in your trash, and they can’t be restored.

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com/login.
  2. Click Trash Delete.
  3. At the top, click Empty trash and then Empty Trash.

Delete photos & videos permanently

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com/login.
  2. Click Trash Delete.
  3. Choose the photo or video that you want to delete permanently.
  4. At the top, click Select Select.
  5. At the top, click Delete permanently and then Delete.

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