Lightroom CC: "Trash" Functionality

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It seems less than optimal for deletion of photos in Lightroom CC to permanently remove the photos from all locations, especially in the event of accidental deletion.

It would be great to have some sort of "Trash" functionality for deleted images (that could be cleared regularly as a policy) or even send deleted images to the native trash on any desktop machines connected to the cloud account.
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Alex Pardoe

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Andrew Barnes

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Agree. As it's a worry working on your 'backup'. You could put the power in our hands, and even use the trash towards our allocation. E.G. You have 550GB used (500GB synced and 50GB in trash) view/clear trash.
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Norm

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Agree!!!
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Rick Williams

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Yep, iCloud Photo Library does this great.  Your deleted photos stick around in the trash for 30 days unless you manually go in and empty it.
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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I completely agree, this should be top priority.
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GoLo

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I've finally decided to give LRCC a go having stuck to Aperture.  I find it's already pretty difficult to delete stuff from Lightroom but dislike the binary route when it decides to play.  Aperture had a good model - rejects disappear from albums but stay in the catalogue until actually deleted.  Delete (Cmd Backspace) was easy for obvious bad photos but Trash itself still had to be emptied.  The net effect was easy triage with just the right amount of safety net.
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Agreed.  There should be some type of short-term retention for anything that is deleted.  If cloud storage is going to be trusted as the primary storage for my photos, then there needs be a an easy way to undo mistakes or restore recent deletions.  This seems like a step backwards.
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Spencer Henderson

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Please add a trash can or recently deleted folder asap! I just almost lost a photo because of this! 

A trick for anyone this might happen to... I accidentally deleted a photo on my iPhone; I quickly turned my computer's wifi off before opening lightroom on my MacBook, luckily the photo was still there, and I saved to my desktop the original+settings before turning wifi back on.  After the sync happened, I re-imported the picture and saved the day for myself. 
Seriously considering going back to Photos if this feature is not added soon!
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Barry Young, Director of Engineering, Lightroom products

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We are aware that this is a top priority and we are working towards a solution. Thank you for your patience.

Barry
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GoLo

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Lovely to see your reply Barry.  If you could get the team to take a look at keywords and smart albums so the asset management is as good as the develop capability, that would be amazing!
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Guido Belli

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Hi Barry, nice to know the issue is top priority. Thanks for consideration. Hope the patch is available shortly.
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James Simpson

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Hi Barry, any news on this topic? Your last update was the months ago so it would be interesting to learn about where in the roadmap this feature lies. This is such a crucial bit of functionality that I can't migrate to Lightroom CC until this is available. Super eager to hear when we could expect this! Thanks, Jim
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Barry Young, Director of Engineering, Lightroom products

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Unfortunately, we're not allowed to discuss release schedules. I know this is a top feature request and we are actively in development of this very complex feature. We need to ensure this is rock solid across the ecosystem before releasing but I understand how frustrating this is. Please be patient. 
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James Simpson

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Thanks for the update, Barry. It's very encouraging to hear it's being actively worked on. Can't wait to have this functionality!
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Rick Williams

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This is really getting kinda of absurd that they haven’t added this feature yet.
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Greetings All,

Effective with the release today, the first stage of a Deleted Item recovery is available to the Lightroom Ecosystem. Logging into Lightroom Web at http://lightroom.adobe.com will reveal a Deleted Icon beneath All Photos. Items deleted in any of the Lightroom clients (Desktop, Web or Mobile) should appear in this area for evaluation, recovery or permanent deletion. 

Note that this is the first step in a more robust implementation and there will be more to come.
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James Simpson

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This is absolutely phenomenal news! Super excited to see this feature evolve and become part of the native desktop and mobile apps...
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@Rikk, a question. Is the Trash functionality documented somewhere? I’m curious about some of the technical aspects. (Do photos that are deleted in LR Classic for those not using LR CC stored there? How long do deleted photos remain in trash? How does storage of those photos work, Etc.) I’ve discovered by troubleshooting with someone else, that the photos in Trash will remain on your local hard drive (if stored locally is turned on) when using LR CC Desktop. Just curious about the other aspects of it.
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Rikk Flohr, Official Rep

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Good questions - Jon. 

At this time, I don't have a place to point you toward for further information. As the clients begin to add functionality we will be deploying help documents with more information. For now, I will have to ask you to be patient. 
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Everything "known" at this stage is documented in my Edit Like a Pro book. The trashed photos remaining in local storage feels more like a bug / unfinished feature.
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@Jon, deleted photos stay in the trash for 60 days. You can access them in Preferences >> Account >> Deleted items. I would have created this button in the "My Photos" section. But anyway, it works. Let's wait and see how it evolves.