How to Empty Google Drive Trash

How to Empty Google Drive Trash (and More)

In this post, we’ll see:

Let’s get started.

How to Empty Google Drive Trash

PC

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

Hit “Trash” on the left sidebar.

Click on the “Trash” drop-down list, which is beneath the search box.

You see the “Empty trash” option. Click on it.

In the confirmation pop-up, click “Empty Trash.”

Android

Open the Google Drive app.

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

Select an item and then hit the “Select all” icon at the top.

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

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

iPhone

Open the Google Drive app.

Tap three horizontal lines at the top > Trash.

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

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

Read: How to Download Items from Google Drive


How to Delete an Item from Google Drive Trash

PC

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

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

You see two options – Restore and Delete forever.

Hit “Delete forever.” In the confirmation pop-up, click “Delete Forever.”

Android

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

Tap “Trash.”

Select the item(s) you want to remove.

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

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

iPhone

Open the Google Drive app.

Tap three horizontal lines at the top > Trash.

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

Tap the “Delete forever” option.

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

Read: How to Move Files and Folders in Google Drive


How to Restore Deleted Files and Folders from Google Drive

If you delete a file or folder on Google Drive, it’ll be moved to Trash.

The deleted items will stay on Trash until you remove it from there.

You can restore the deleted item(s) from the Trash. Let’s see how to do that on PC, Android, and iPhone:

PC

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

Hit “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.

Hit 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.

Hit “Restore.”

iPhone

Open the Google Drive app.

Tap the three vertical lines at the top > Trash.

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

Hit “Restore.”


Note

Keep in mind that the above steps only help if the items you want to recover exists on Trash.

If you’ve already deleted the items from Trash which you want to restore, then the above steps won’t be helpful to you. In such a case, you can contact Google Drive support.


How to Remove Items from Google Drive

Let’s see how to remove items from Google Drive (PC, Android, and iPhone).

PC

Sign into Google Drive.

Select the item(s) you want to delete.

Hit 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 “Trash can” icon at the top.

iPhone

Launch Google Drive app.

Tap “Files” at the bottom.

Select the item(s) you like to remove.

Tap three horizontal dots at the top. Hit “Remove.”

Tap “Remove” in the pop-up.