Delete photos and videos

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

Learn how 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 from. 

Photos and videos that you delete are also removed from:

Photos and videos that 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 Bin for 60 days before they're permanently deleted.

Learn more about backing up your photos and videos.

  

Before you start

Download and install the Google Photos app.

Delete your photos and videos

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. At the bottom, tap Photos.
  4. Tap and hold a photo or video that you want to move to the Bin. You can also select multiple photos.
  5. At the top-right, tap Bin Bin and then Move to bin.
  6. Tap to confirm that you want to delete the photo(s). 

Tips:

  • 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.
  • To delete permanently from your device, on the photo, tap More More and then Delete from device
  • If a photo or video that you deleted comes back, it might be on a removable memory card. To delete it, use your device's Gallery app. 

Give permissions to delete photos from your SD card

Step 1: Check if you have Android 5.0 and up

These steps will only work if you have Android 5.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.  

Step 2: Select your SD card

When you select your memory card, you give Google Photos permissions to access your SD card.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account. 
  3. At the top-left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then SD card access.
  4. Tap Get Started.
  5. At the top-right, tap More More and then Show SD card.
  6. Select your memory card. 
  7. At the bottom, tap Select.

Restore photos and videos

If you want to get a deleted item back, check your Bin 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 Bin for 60 days.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top-left, tap Menu Menuand then Bin Bin.
  3. Touch and hold the photo or video that you want to recover.
  4. At the bottom, tap Restore. The photo or video will be back:
    • On your phone
    • In the 'Photos' section of the app
    • In any albums that it was in before

To find and recover photos easily, turn on Backup and Sync. Learn how to turn on Backup and Sync.

 

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