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How to Restore Deleted Files and Folders from Google Drive

When you delete a file or folder on Google Drive, it will 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 at any time you want and here is how:

PC

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    ​Go to Google Drive. Sign in if not already.
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    Hit "Trash" from the left side of the screen.
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    Now, select the item(s) you want to restore.
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    Click on "Restore" icon which is beside "Trash Can" icon.
Restore icon on Google Drive

That is all. The selected item(s) is restored successfully.

Android

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    ​Open Google Drive app.
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    Hit Hamburger (three vertical lines) icon at the top. Hit "Trash."
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    Select the item(s) you want to restore.
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    Tap on "Restore" icon which is the first icon from the left.
Restore icon on Google Drive app

That's it. ​The item(s) you chose is restored successfully.

Note:

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

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

Sign into your Google account and then click this URL. Hit the "Contact Us" option at the top. Hit "Missing or deleted files." Now, hit the support option you prefer. And, they may solve your issue.

Support options

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