Google Photos is one of the preferred cloud storage options for backing up photos and videos, especially for Google Pixel phones and other Android users. The platform can be used to archive old photos and access them at any time using any device that allows you to log in to your Google account. Google Photos can neatly categorize photos based on faces, locations, time, and several other album options. Even the photos and videos you from the Google Photos app will remain in the trash folder for 60 days before they are permanently deleted. And it is possible to restore them before they disappear. However, this is only if the Google Photos backup and synchronization feature is enabled.

How to recover deleted photos and videos from Google Photos

If users want to recover deleted photos and videos, they must first check whether is content in the trash folder of the application. If a deleted photo or video is not in the trash bin, it cannot be recovered. If the user moved the photo to the Trash 60 days ago, or moved it to the Trash and then emptied the folder, the user will not be able to recover the photo. In addition, if a photo or video was moved to the Trash folder on a device running Android 11 or later and was not backed up more than 30 days ago, it cannot be restored. If the trash folder is permanently deleted or the content is permanently deleted from the device’s gallery application without backing it up first, the recovery will not happen. If the photo or video is visible in the trash folder of Google Photos, follow the steps mentioned below to restore it using your Android phone or web browser.

  1. To restore photos or videos on an Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone or iPad, open Google Photos application.

  2. At the bottom, tap library,go Rubbish folder.

  3. Find the photo or video you want to recover. Touch and hold Photos or videos.

  4. At the bottom, press recover Options. The photo or video will be moved back to the phone’s Gallery app, Google Photo Gallery, and the album where it is located.

  5. On the left side of the window, click Rubbish folder.

  6. Place the cursor on the photo or video you want to recover and click choose.

  7. In the upper right corner, click recover. The photo or video will be restored to your Google Photos account and re-added to any albums it is in.


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