How to Empty Google Drive Trash

In this post, we’ll see how to empty trash on Google Drive. Also, we’ll see how to delete an item from Google Drive trash. Let’s get started.

Empty Google Drive Trash

PC

Steps

  1. ​Go to Google Drive. Sign in if not already.

  2. Hit “Trash” from the left side of the screen.

  3. Click on “Trash” drop-down list which is beneath the Search Box.

  4. Now, you can see the “Empty trash” option. Click on it.​
    Empty trash option

  5. In the confirmation popup, click “Empty Trash.”
    Empty Trash popup

Android

Open Google Drive app.

Tap Hamburger icon (three vertical lines) at the top and then tap “Bin.”

Select an item and then hit “Select all” icon at the top. Hit the Overflow menu (three vertical dots), and then you can see “Delete forever” option. Hit it.

Delete forever option in Google Drive for Android

In the confirmation popup, hit “Delete forever.”

iPhone

Open Google Drive app.

Tap Hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) at the top > Bin.

Now, tap three horizontal dots at the top and then hit “Empty bin” option at the bottom.

Empty bin option

In the confirmation popup, hit “Delete forever.”

See: How to Add Shortcut of Google Drive Folder to Android Home Screen

Delete an item from Google Drive Trash

If you want to remove an item from Google Drive Trash, then here are the steps:

PC

Go to “Trash” in Google Drive. Select the item(s) you want to delete and then right-click on it.

Now, you can see two options – Restore and Delete forever. Hit “Delete forever.” In the confirmation popup, click “Delete Forever.”

Android

Go to “Bin” in Google Drive for Android. Select the item(s) you want to remove.

Tap Overflow menu (three vertical dots) at the top. Hit “Delete forever.”

In the confirmation popup, tap “Delete forever.”

iPhone

Go to “Bin” in Google Drive for iPhone.

Tap the three horizontal dots beside the item you want to remove.

Tap “Delete forever” option.

Delete forever option in Google Drive for iPhone

Hit “Delete forever” in the confirmation popup.

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Also see:

​How to Download Files and Folders from Google Drive

How to Star on Google Drive

How to Disable Quick Access on Google Drive

How to Create a Folder on Google Drive


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