How to recover deleted photos and videos from Google Photos

Google Photos is one of the 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 archive old photos and access them at any time using any device that allows logging into your Google account. Google Photos categorizes photos based on faces, places, time, and various other album options. Even photos and videos that you delete from the Google Photos app are kept in the Trash folder for 60 days before being deleted forever. And it’s possible to get them back before they disappear. However, this only happens if the Google Photos backup and sync feature is turned on.

How to recover deleted photos and videos from Google Photos

If a user wants to recover deleted photos and videos, he will first have to verify that the content is in the application’s Trash folder. If a deleted photo or video isn’t in the trash, you won’t be able to restore it. Users will not be able to restore a photo if they have moved it to Trash for more than 60 days or if they move it to Trash and then empty the folder. Also, the photo or video cannot be restored if it has been moved to the Trash folder more than 30 days ago on a device running Android 11 or later and not backed up. The restoration will also not happen if the Trash folder has been permanently deleted or if the content has been permanently deleted from the device’s Gallery app without backing it up first. If the photo or video is visible in the Google Photos Trash folder, follow the steps mentioned below to retrieve it using your Android phone or a web browser.

  1. To restore a photo or video on an Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos application.

  2. At the bottom, tap Library, I go to the Trash folder.

  3. Find the photo or video you want to restore. tap and hold the photo or video.

  4. At the bottom, press the To restore option. The photo or video will be moved back to the phone’s Gallery app, Google Photos library, and the albums it was in.

  5. On the left side of the window, click on Trash folder.

  6. Place your cursor over the photo or video you want to restore and click Select.

  7. In the upper right corner, click on To restore. That photo or video will be restored to your Google Photos account and added back to any albums it was in.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. His reporting experience spans smartphones, wearables, apps, social media and the entire tech industry. She reports from Mumbai and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecommunications industry. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. Most

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