Restore deleted files or shared drives

As a G Suite administrator, you can restore files that were permanently deleted recently. If the entire shared drive was deleted, you can also restore the shared drive and its contents.
You can only restore items that were permanently deleted up to approximately 25 days ago (items are permanently deleted after 30 days in the shared drive trash).
Important: You have a limited time from when the data was permanently deleted to restore files. After that, the data is gone forever unless you have additional Vault policies in place. Learn more

Before you begin

Make sure that Drive is turned on for your organization.

Note: If you restore a lot of files or folders at once, it might take some time to restore all the items from the Trash.

Restore files or shared drives

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenDrive and Docs.

  3. Select Manage shared drives.

  4. Click Filter Filter to select a filter option, such as shared drive with no members.
  5. To the right of the shared drive name, click Restore Restore.
    • Shared drives with Active status—Files that were permanently deleted will be restored.
    • Shared drives with Deleted status—The shared drive and files will be restored.
  6. Select a date range for the data restore.
    You can restore recently deleted data only.
  7. Click Restore data.

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