How to Empty Google Drive Trash (and More)

In this post you will see:

  • How to empty Google Drive trash
  • How to delete an item from trash folder
  • How to restore deleted files and folders from Google Drive
  • How to remove items from Google Drive

Let’s start.

How to empty Google Drive trash

PC

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

Press “Trash” on the left sidebar.

At the top right you will find the “Empty trash” button. Click on it.

Click “Delete forever” in the confirmation popup.

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 above and you will see the “Delete forever” option. Hit it.

Click “Delete forever” in the confirmation popup.

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 popup.

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How to permanently 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 will find two options – Restore and Delete forever.

Click “Delete forever.” Click “Delete forever” in the confirmation popup.

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 popup, 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 popup.

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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 in the Trash folder for up to 30 days.

After 30 days, the items are automatically removed.

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

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

PC

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

Press “Trash” in the left sidebar.

Select the item(s) you want to recover.

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 and press “Trash.”

Select the item(s) you want to recover.

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

Log 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 the Google Drive app.

Tap Files at the bottom.

Select the item(s) you like to delete.

Tap the “Trash can” icon at the top.

In the confirmation popup, tap “Move to trash.”

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.”

In the confirmation popup, tap “Move to trash.”

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