When you lost a phone then it not only wastes your money but also takes away all the memories that you have captured through your phone’s camera or stored other pictures that somebody has shared with you. Those photos are very precious as they are a reminder of all the moments that you have spent with your loved ones.
Many users sync their phones to Google Photos so that all the pictures automatically get backed up to the app. So, if you also enabled the sync option before your smartphone got lost then you do not need to worry about the images. Simply read this guide to know how to recover photos from lost phone from Google Photos.
Let’s start with a real user practical scenario!
Practical Scenario: A User Lost His/Her Phone And Wanted To Restore Photos From Google Photos
I have lost my phone and I want all the images and video clips music back I have back up in Google photos
Source: Tom’s Guide Forums
Like the above practical scenario, there are some users who have also lost their phones. Well, you are the one who has lost their phone and wanted to get back images from Google Photos.
Now we will directly look at the 4 ways to retrieve Google Photos from lost/stolen phone.
Note: All the ways discussed in this guide will work for all phone brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, OnePlus, Google Pixel, Xiaomi, Realme, Vivo, Oppo, Asus, Huawei, Moto, etc.
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Way 1: Restore Lost Phone Pictures From Google Photos App [If Backup Created]
Google Photos is a preinstalled app that comes on every Android phone, where users can back up the device’s pictures and videos. You only need to enable the sync option on the Google Photos app so that the images and videos automatically get saved to it.
So, if you have enabled the sync option before your phone got lost then you can easily recover the pictures.
Here, follow the steps to rescue images from Google Photos app of a lost smartphone:
Step 1: On any other Android phone or a new phone, open Google Photos app.
Step 2: After this, login to it using the Google account details that you have used in your lost phone.
Step 3: Once you are successfully logged in, you will be able to view all photos there.
Step 4: Now, simply save them or transfer them to your phone.
Way 2: Get Back Lost Phone Pictures From Google Photos App’s Trash/Bin
If you deleted the images from your Google Photos app before your phone got lost and now you want those deleted pictures, then you can restore the images from the app’s Trash.
All the pictures that get deleted are automatically moved to the app’s trash/bin and stay there for 60 days. After 60 days they permanently get deleted from your device.
So, if the pictures of your lost phone are deleted and 60 days have not yet passed then you can easily get them back from the app’s Trash.
Here, learn how to recover pictures of lost phone from Google Photos Trash:
Step 1: Run the Google Photos application on another phone.
Step 2: Now, login to it with the same Google account credentials that you have used on your lost phone.
Step 3: After this, hit on Library at the bottom and then tap on Trash.
Step 4: Now, touch and hold the pictures that you wish to rescue.
Step 5: At last, tap on Restore at the top.
That It! All the restore pictures will be saved to your phone’s Gallery application, Google Photos library, or in any other album.
If you didn’t find any contents in the trash then it means that they permanently get deleted from it.
Way 3: Recover Lost Phone Photos From Google Photos Website
If you don’t have another phone or if you don’t want to use another person’s phone then you can get pictures of your lost phone from Google Photos website on any computer.
Here, learn how to do this:
Step 1: On your computer, go to Google Photos website in any web browser.
Step 2: Now, log in with the same Google account that you have used in your lost mobile.
Step 3: Once you successfully logged in, you will find all the pictures there.
Step 4: Now simply save the images on your computer.
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Way 4: Retrieve Pictures Of Lost Phone From Web Version Of Google Photos Trash
If you have previously deleted the images from the Google Photos app before your device got lost or stolen and now you want to restore them back, but you don’t have another or a new phone.
In this case, you can use the web version of Google Photos and restore the deleted images from the Trash on your computer.
Note: This will only recover the pictures that have been deleted within 60 days.
Here, learn the steps to restore photos of lost phone from the app’s trash/bin on computer.
Step 1: Run any browser on your computer, and then go to Google Photos website.
Step 2: After this, sign in to it with the same Google account details that you have used in your lost Android device.
Step 3: On the left of the window you will find various options, tap on Bin/Trash from there.
Step 4: Now, you will be able to view all the deleted pictures and videos.
Step 5: To restore the desired pictures, you need to place the cursor over the image and hit Select.
Step 6: Then, click Restore at the top right of the window and then again click Restore. The selected pictures will be restored to your Google Photos account.
Sometimes our phone accidentally gets lost. We get worried about the lost phone but besides that, we are more worried about the photos that have been stored in our lost device.
But after going through this post, I hope the above-mentioned 4 ways to recover Google Photos from lost phone. But those solutions will only work if you have enabled the sync option or backed up pictures to Google Photos.
Max Field is a founder of recoverandroid-data.com. He is an Android lover and loves to write tips, tricks, fixes for errors, data recovery solutions and more related to Android. He has 9+ years of experience in this field.