Restore deleted shared drives or their files

As a G Suite administrator, you can restore files that were deleted from a shared drive. If the entire shared drive was deleted, you can also restore the shared drive and its contents.

Before you begin

Make sure that Drive is turned on for your organization. For details, see Turn Drive on or off for users.

Restore files or shared drives

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

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

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

  3. Click Manage shared drives.

  4. (Optional) To select a filter option, such as shared drive with no members, click Filter Filter
  5. To the right of the shared drive name, click Restore Restore.
  6. Select a date range for the data restore. If you're restoring a shared drive and want to restore all the files that were in the shared drive when it was deleted, you must select the date it was deleted up to the current date.

    Important: You can only restore items that were removed from the shared drive's trash within the last 25 days unless you have additional Google Vault policies in place. For details, see Use Vault to search Google Drive.

  7. Click Restore Data.

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