How to Restore Deleted Photos and Videos From Google Photos

Google Photos is one of the best platform as it not only helps you with storing your photos at the right place but also helps you to cherish your memories every time you open the platform. This is because, it stores your images with the date and years and later on also come back to you with a video full of your photos to help you remind all the beautiful times you have left behind. This cloud storage platform is primarily used by Android and pixel users for backing up their photos and videos. Many times i have used this platform to archive old photos. The best thing about it is that, this platform lets you enter it through any device if you remember the credentials. How to Restore Deleted Photos and Videos From Google Photos.

It stores photos in  clean manner and categorizes them based on faces, places, time, and several other album options. If you delete photos, it will keep in in trash for 60 days in case you have changed your mind, you can get it back. However after 60 days you wont be able to recover them as they will be permanently deleted from the system. However, this only works when Google Photos Back Up and Sync feature is enabled.

How to restore deleted photos and videos from Google Photos

So if you have deleted photos and now you want to recover it as you might have changed your mind, firstly you need to check if your content is available in trash or not. So if you are using an app, you cane easily find it in their trash folder on the app. If you do not find your data including videos and photos, you can not recover it as more than 60 days would have passed. If the 60 days haven’t passed and still you unable to find your deleted photos and videos, you definitely would have deleted it from the trash folder. Another glitch here is that, those photos and videos can not be restored which were moved to trash folder more than 30 days prior on a device running on Android 11 or later and it was not backed up. This process will also not be successful if the trash folder is permanently deleted or the content is deleted from the device’s gallery without backing it up.

So if the content you want to recover us visible in the trash folder of Google photos, follows the below mentioned steps to recover it from either Android phone or web browser.

Here’s how to recover deleted photos through Google Photos app:

  • Open Google Photos app on your Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, or iPad.
  • At the right bottom side, click on Library

  • You will get multiple folders. Now tap on the Trash folder.

  • See for the photos and videos the need to be restored.
  • Tap and hold that photo or video for a while
  • You will see a Restore option at the bottom.

  • Press it and it will ask for the confirmation. Click on Allow.

  • That’s it! Photo or video will be moved back to the phone’s Gallery app, Google Photos library, and in the albums it was in.
Here’s how to recover deleted photos through Google Photos for Desktop:
  • On your computer, you can go to
  • On the left side of the window, click on Trash folder.

  • Place your cursor over the photo or video you want to restore, then click Select.
  • At the top right, click Restore.

  • That photo or video will be restored to your Google Photos account and added back into any albums it was in.

Also Read: Google Photos for iOS Gets Advanced Photo and Video Editors

Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.
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