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.

Delete photos and videos

If your photo or video has already been backed up and you deleted it, it will remain in your Trash for 60 days.

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Place your cursor over items you want to move to trash. At the top left of each item, click Select Select. You can also select multiple items. 
  3. At the top right, click Trash Trash.
  4. Tap to confirm you want to delete the photo(s). 
  5. To permanently delete photos and videos, click Menu Menu  and then Trash and then select the photo or video and then Permanently delete Trash

Tip: To move all your photos to a different account, share your photo library with that account. Learn how to share your Google Photos library with another account.

Restore photos & videos

If you want to get a deleted item back, check your trash to see if you can get it back. If your photo or video has already been backed up and you deleted it, it will remain in your Trash for 60 days.

  1. On your computer, go to the trash.
  2. Place your cursor over the photo or video you want to restore, then click Done Done.
  3. At the top right, click Restore Restore. That photo or video will be restored to your Google Photos library and added back into any albums it was in.

Don't see the photo or video?

If something isn't in your trash, it can't be restored. 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 permanently deleted it from your device’s Gallery app, without being backed up.

Get help finding missing photos.

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