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How to get back deleted photos and videos from the Google Photos app

Deleted photos/videos from Google Photos are stored in the Trash folder for 60 days before being deleted permanently. The backup and sync feature of Google Photos must be activated to find and restore data.

Google Photos is one of the most preferred cloud storage options for backing up your photos and videos, especially for Google Pixel phones and other Android users. This platform can be used to store old photos and access them anytime using any device that lets you sign in to your Google Account.

Google Photos categorizes photos in a very systematic way based on face, location, time, and many other album options. Even photos and videos you delete from the Google Photos app are kept in the Trash folder for 60 days before being erased forever. It is possible to retrieve them before they are erased. However, this only happens if the Back-Up and Sync feature of Google Photos is activated.

How to recover deleted photos and videos from Google Photos

If a user wants to recover deleted photos and videos, they must first check whether the content is in their Trash folder on the app. If a deleted photo or video isn’t in the Trash, it can’t be restored. If the user moved a photo to the Trash more than 60 days ago, then emptied the folder, the user will not be able to restore it. In addition, photos or videos cannot be restored if it was moved to the Trash folder on a device running Android 11 or later and not backed up more than 30 days ago. Will not restore even if the Trash folder was permanently deleted or if the content was permanently deleted from the device’s Gallery app without backing up first. If the photo or video is showing in the Trash folder of Google Photos.

  1. To restore a photo or video on an Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, or iPad, open the Google Photos app.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library, go to the Trash folder.
  3. Find the photo or video you want to restore. Touch and hold a photo or video.
  4. Press the Restore option at the bottom. The photo or video will be moved back to the phone’s Gallery app, Google Photos library, and the album it was in.
  5. On your computer, you can go to photos.google.com.
  6. Click the Trash folder on the left side of the window.
  7. Place your cursor over the photo or video you want to restore, then click Select.
  8. Click on Restore at the top right. The photo or video will be restored to your Google Photos account and added back to any albums it was in.

Mehran Khan

Mehran Khan is a Software Engineer, a leading Digital Marketing expert in Pakistan. With over 4+ years of experience in digital marketing & SEO.

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