- (Optional) In the Library module, choose Library > Find All Missing Photos to display missing files in the Grid view.
- Click the Photo Is Missing icon ( or ) in a thumbnail cell in the Grid view. …
- Click the Locate button, navigate to where the photo is currently located, and then click Select.
How to Find Missing Photos in Lightroom
Restore deleted photos by using the backup drive
If you can’t find the deleted photos, you can use the File History backup drive to restore them. The steps are as follows:
How to fix the error for a folder
In my case, I’ll offload old folders from my computer hard drive and move them to an external hard drive.
When I need to reference the old files, I’ll connect my external hard drive and I’ll do my work while connected.
Whenever I do the moving process, I always need to “tell” Lightroom where the new folder is.
Right-click on the folder with the question mark on it, and select ‘Find Missing Folder’.
From here, you can relocate the folder in its new location. You’ll see that the folder will move into a different spot within the Folders module in Lightroom.
In my case, I have all of my files on my Mac hard drive and the rest of my folders stored on a 10TB hard drive.
How To Find Missing Photos In Lightroom
There are a few ways to find missing photos in Lightroom. Let’s go over a few situations and fixes for this problem.
This only applies if you’re using an external hard drive to store your photos. All your files may have gone offline because your hard drive isn’t connected correctly.
You’ll be able to tell simply by looking at the drive tab and seeing whether or not it’s greyed out.
If the drive is greyed out, it means it’s not connected to your computer.
Try reconnecting it or make sure it was connected in the first place! This is an easy fix that will instantly find missing files in Lightroom.
If an individual file is offline, you can locate it by clicking on the exclamation mark icon.
A prompt will appear, asking whether or not you want to locate the file. Click locate.
You’ll be directed to your Explorer (Windows) or Finder (PC) to locate your file. If the file’s already offline, it’s likely you just renamed or moved the file to a different folder.
Try to think of where you might have moved it to or search for the file name directly.
If other individual photos have gone missing from Lightroom, you can select the ‘Find Nearby Missing Photos‘ option.
Through this option, Lightroom will automatically relink other files that get found nearby. This is an easy way to speed up the processing when locating missing files!
A parent folder is a top-level folder that all your other folders reside in. For example, your parent folder might be listed as ‘2020’, and inside are related folders like 01-12-20, 02-09-20, 02-11-20, and so on.
If you locate the parent folder, you will also relink all the related child folders inside as well.
To relink a parent folder, right-click on the folder, and select find missing folder.
Once again, you’ll be directed to your Explorer (Windows) or Finder (PC) to locate the folder.
Find the folder in its new location.
If you’ve renamed the folder, you can still select it. Just remember it will rename the folder to match in Lightroom.
A child folder is a sub-level folder found within a parent folder. These may go missing if you merge two together, put it in a new location, or rename it completely. The processing of finding these missing folders in Lightroom is mostly the same as for the parent folders.
To relink a child folder, right-click on the folder, and select find missing folder.
You’ll be directed to your Explorer (Windows) or Finder (PC) to locate the folder.
Find the folder in its new location. Select it to relink the files in Lightroom.
If you changed the folder name, you can still relink, but Lightroom will replace the old name to match the updated version.