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See if you can restore deleted photos & videos

If you have back up & sync on, photos and videos you delete will stay in your trash for 60 days. You can recover deleted items using the instructions below.

  1. Go back to the Google Photos app.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu , then Trash .
  3. Touch and hold the photo or video you want to recover.
  4. At the top right, tap Restore .
    This action will put the photo or video back:
    • Onto your phone
    • Into the "Photos" section of the app
    • 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

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