Windows 10 Photo tile showing deleted photos [EXPERT FIX]

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  • Even after deleting some of your old photos, chances are they still show up in the Windows 10 Photo tile.
  • To fix this issue for good, you may try to clear cached photos from Live Tile or reinstall the Photos app.
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3 Ways to fix Windows 10 Photo Live Tile Issue

Windows 10 Live Tiles show some photos from the gallery in your system allowing users to customize their system and give it a personal touch.

However, some users have reported that even after deleting certain photos, they still appear in the tile.


Several users took to the Microsoft Community Forums to explain Windows 10 Photo tile showing deleted photos on their computer.

I delete pictures from my camera roll on my new surface pro and the roll reads empty. The pictures still show up on the photo tile.  How do I get rid of them.

Follow these steps to fix this problem on your computer.

How can I fix Windows 10 Photo tile showing deleted photos?

1. Download the free Adobe Lightroom version

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2. Clear cached photos from Live Tile

  1. Make sure you have deleted the affected photos from the system as well as clear it from the Recycle bin.
  2. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following locations.
  3. Click the View tab in the Ribbon menu and change the Layout to Large Icons.
  4. Here you can see all the cached images. Locate the images that are appearing in the Live Tiles.
  5. Now delete both the LargeTile and SmallTile for the concerned images.
  6. if you don’t see any photos in that location, navigate to the LocalState > PhotAppTile in the same folder and delete if any of the photos you don’t want is located here.
  7. Close the File Explorer.
  8. Click on Start.
  9. Right-click on Photos App Tile and select More.
  10. Click on Turn Live Tile Off.
    turn live tile off Windows 10 photo tile showing deleted photos
  11. Again click on Photos App Tile > More > Turn Live Tile On.
  12. Now restart your system and then deleted photos will not appear on your Photos App Live Tile in Windows 10.

3. Reinstall Photos App

  1. If clearing the cache did not help, try to uninstall Photos app from the system and reinstall from the Windows Store. Here is how to do it.
  2. Right-click on the Start button.
  3. Select Windows PowerShell (Admin).
    powershell adminWindows 10 photo tile showing deleted photos
  4. In the PowerShell window type, the following command and press enter.
    Get-AppxPackage *photo* | Remove-AppxPackage
  5. PowerShell will show a Deployment operation progress message temporarily. The app is successfully uninstalled when the message disappears.
    Reinstall Photos App in Windows 10 Windows 10 photo tile showing deleted photos
  6. Now try to open the Photos app to verify it is uninstalled.
  7. Now open the Windows Store app and search for the Microsoft Photos app.
  8. Install the App and the Live Tile problem should be resolved.

3. Unpin and repin the Tile

  1. If the issue persists, try to unpin and repin the tile on the Start screen.
  2. Click on the Start button.
  3. Right-click on the Photos App Live Tile and select Unpin from Start.
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  4. Now search for the Photos app. Right-click on the App and select Pin to Start.
  5. Check if the app still shows the old photos.

If you happen to know any other solutions, make sure to tell us in the comments section below. Also, leave there any other questions you may have.


FAQ: Learn more about tiles in Windows 10

  • What are tiles in Windows?

Tiles in Windows usually are those shortcuts you can only find in a grid, on the right side of the Start menu.

  • How to fix double-layered tiles borders?

You are just a couple of clicks away from solving this annoying issue in Microsoft Store. Refer to this dedicated guide in that regard.

  • How do I change Windows 10 tiles to a classic view?

To change Windows 10 tiles to classic view, find your way into Start > Settings > Personalization. If you’re having trouble opening the Settings app, take a look at this quick article to solve the issue.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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