Google Photos not showing all photos on Android may occur in different ways. For some, it could be "Google Photos uploaded but not showing," while for others it include issues like "Google Photos not showing all albums," or "Google Photos not showing all photos on SD card," and many more.
In whichever way Google Photos are not showing on your Android device, we've compiled a series of working solutions for each category. Whether Google Photos is not showing your uploaded photos, device folders, photos on an SD card, or all albums, the solutions below will help you.
Step 1: Clear the Cache and Data in your Google Photos App
The first thing we recommend you should do to fix Google Photos not showing all photos on Android is to erase the app cache and data. Sometimes, the accumulated cache and data may corrupt, which causes the Photos app to misbehave. Also, Photos may have a hard time synchronizing your photos, but everything will get back to normal after resetting the Photos app. Just follow the steps below.
- Fire up the Settings app on your phone.
- Tap Apps & Notifications, then click See all apps.
- Find Photos on the list and tap it.
- Select Storage & Cache.
- Finally, tap Clear storage (or Clear data) to reset the Photos app.
After resetting Photos, simply relaunch it and wait for a few minutes to fetch your photos and videos from the cloud. Note that it may take a while before Google Photos finish getting your pictures from the cloud.
If you still can’t find all your photos and videos after resetting the app, follow the steps in the categories below to fix the problem.
1st Category: How To Fix Google Photos Uploaded Photos Not Showing
(a) Check the Archive and Trash folder.
If you're sure that all your photos are backed up, but it's not just showing in the Photos app, the first place to check is the Archive and Trash Folder. After backing up your photos, Google Photos would often suggest moving some pictures - like memes, screenshots, and documents - to the Archive folder to declutter your library. In case you've agreed with it earlier, the images you're looking for might be in the archive. Here's how to check:
- Inside the Google Photos app, tap Library below the screen.
- Click Archive in the upper part of the screen.
- From there, you’ll find all the photos you’ve archived. Long-press to select the ones you’re looking for.
- Finally, tap the 3-dot button at the top right corner and select Un-archive to restore the missing photos.
Likewise checking the archive folder, also check the Trash folder for photos you’ve deleted mistakenly. Who knows if the missing photos are there? Follow the steps below to check the Trash Folder.
- From the Photos app, tap Library below the screen.
- Select Trash at the top of the screen
- Find and select the missing photos, then tap Restore below the screen
(b) Backup Device Folders
If you use Google Photos cross-platform, you might experience Google Photos not showing all albums or folders on your phone. The reason is Google Photos only backs up the pictures and videos from your camera b default. It won't back up your device folders or albums unless you permit it to do so. If you experience Google Photos not showing all photos on the computer or your synced iPhone, for instance, all you need is to enable device folder backup. Here's how:
- Fire up the Photos app on your device.
- Tap your Profile icon at the top-right corner of the app.
- Click on Photos Settings
- Select back up & sync.
- Tap Back up device folders
- Enable the folders you’d like to upload automatically.
- Wait for the photos to finish backing up, then you can view them on any device connected to your Google account.
2nd Category: How To Fix Google Photos Not Showing All Photos On Sd Card
On the other way round, you might struggle with Google Photos not showing all photos on the SD card. This is simply because the Photos app has no permission to access your SD card. All you need to grant the SD card permission, and you'll be able to see all the albums and photos on your SD card. Just follow the steps below.
- Open the Photos
- Tap on your Profile icon and select Photos settings.
- Tap SD card access.
- You'll see the instruction to enable SD card access on the list. Follow the instruction and reboot your device after that to make the setting effective.
3rd Category: How To Fix Google Photos Not Showing All Device Photos
One thing you should know about Google Photos is that it doesn’t show all your device photos and album on the homepage. It only shows your camera roll and pictures you’ve backed up.
So, if you can't find your device photos straight away, tap Library below the screen and tap "View all" in the front of "Photos on device" to show your local albums.
But sometimes, Google Photos might keep showing the old photos and not show the recent ones. For example, if you save a new photo from Photobucket, it might take a while before it shows up in the Photos app. If that happens to you frequently, all you need is to restart the Photos app:
- Simply open the Multitasking pane - where you switch between your apps
- From there, swipe up the Photos app to close it.
- Go back to your home screen and relaunch the Photos app manually. You’ll surely see the new photos in your Library by now.