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. Learn how to turn on back up & sync.

  1. On your computer, go to the trash.
  2. Place your cursor over the photo or video you want to restore, then click 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:

  • The photo or video has been in trash for more than 60 days.
  • You deleted it, then emptied your trash
  • You permanently deleted it from your trash

If you can’t retrieve photos from Google Photos backup, it may be somewhere else in the app. Find your missing photos.

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