How to Empty Google Drive Trash (Android, Windows 10 and iPhone) (and More)

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How to Empty Google Drive Trash

PC

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

Press “Trash” on the left sidebar.

You will see the “Empty trash” button at the top right. Click on it.

Click “Delete forever” in the confirmation pop-up.

Android

Open the Google Drive app.

Tap the three vertical lines at the top. Tap “Trash.”

Select an item, and then click on the “Select all” icon at the top.

Click on the three vertical dots at the top. You will see the “Delete forever” option. Hit it.

Click “Delete forever” in the confirmation pop-up.

iPhone

Open the Google Drive app.

Tap the three horizontal lines at the top > Trash.

Tap the three horizontal dots at the top and press the “Empty trash” option.

Click “Delete forever” in the confirmation pop-up.

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How to Permanently Delete an Item from Google Drive Trash

PC

Click “Trash” on the left sidebar of Google Drive.

Select the item(s) you want to delete and then right-click on it.

You will see two options – Restore and Delete forever.

Click “Delete forever.” Click “Delete forever” in the confirmation pop-up.

Android

On Google Drive for Android, hit the three vertical lines at the top.

​Tap “Trash.”

Select the item(s) you want to remove.

Tap the three vertical dots at the top and press “Delete forever.”

In the confirmation pop-up, tap “Delete forever.”

iPhone

Open the Google Drive app.

Tap the three horizontal lines at the top > Trash.

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

Tap the “Delete forever” option.

Click “Delete forever” in the confirmation pop-up.

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How to Restore Deleted Files and Folders from Google Drive

When you delete a file or folder, it is moved to the Google Drive Trash folder.

The deleted items remain on the Trash folder until 30 days.

After 30 days, the items will be automatically removed.

You have 30 days to restore the deleted item(s) from the Trash.

Let us see how to do this on PC, Android and iPhone:

PC

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

Press “Trash” from the left sidebar.

Select the item(s) you want to restore.

Click on the “Restore” icon, which is beside the “Trash can” icon at the top.

Android

​Open the Google Drive app.

Press the three vertical lines at the top. Hit “Trash.”

Select the item(s) you want to restore.

Tap the three vertical dots at the top.

Press “Restore.”

iPhone

Open the Google Drive app.

Tap the three vertical lines at the top > Trash.

Tap the three horizontal dots next to the item you want to restore.

Press “Restore.”

Notes

  • Keep in mind that the above steps only help if the items you want to recover exist on Trash.
  • If you have already deleted the items from the Trash that you want to restore, the above steps are not helpful for you. In this case, you can contact Google Drive support.

How to Remove Items from Google Drive

Let’s see how to delete files and folders from Google Drive (PC, Android, and iPhone).

PC

Sign in to your Google Drive account.

Select the item(s) you want to delete.

Click on the “Trash can” icon at the top.

Android

Open Google Drive app.

Tap Files at the bottom.

Select the item(s) you like to delete.

Tap the “Trash can” icon at the top.

Tap “Move to trash” in the confirmation pop-up.

iPhone

Launch the Google Drive app.

Tap Files at the bottom.

Select the item(s) you like to remove.

Tap the three horizontal dots at the top and press “Remove.”

Tap “Move to trash” in the confirmation pop-up.

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