Restore recently deleted or archived items

If you’re missing photos or videos, check your trash or archive.

Check your trash

If your missing item is in your trash, you may be able to restore it. Learn how to check your trash and restore recently deleted photos or videos.

If your missing item is not in your trash, it may be permanently deleted.

Learn when items are permanently deleted

If a deleted photo or video isn't in trash, you can’t restore it. 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 backing it up first.

Check your archive

If your missing item is archived, you can unarchive it so it shows in your Google Photos library.

Learn how to check your archive and unarchive items.

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