[GA4] Trash Can

The Trash Can contains accounts and properties that have been marked for deletion. You have 35 days to restore items from the Trash Can before they are permanently deleted.

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About the Trash Can

The Trash Can is a temporary holding area for accounts and properties before they are deleted. Accounts and properties are moved to the Trash Can and held for 35 days before they are permanently deleted.

The Trash Can shows a list of all the entities that are marked for deletion, the user who marked them for deletion, and the date they will be permanently deleted. You restore an entity by selecting it and moving it out of the Trash Can. You need Edit permission on the account to access the Trash Can.

After 35 days in the Trash Can, Analytics permanently deletes the entity, and records the deletion in Change History, with the user identified as Analytics System.

What gets restored

Restoring an account or property automatically restores the associated properties, with the exception of any properties that were individually moved to the Trash Can. For example, Account A contains Property P1 with Data Streams DS1 and DS2, and Property P2 with Data Streams DS3 and DS4.

  • Example 1: Account A is moved to the Trash Can. Restoring Account A will automatically restore P1 (along with DS1 and DS2) and P2 (along with DS3 and DS4).
  • Example 2: P1 is moved to the Trash Can. Later, Account A is moved to the Trash Can. Restoring A will automatically restore A and P2 (along with DS3 and DS4), but not P1 because it was moved to the Trash Can individually.

You cannot move a data stream to the Trash Can, you can only delete it. However, if you move a property to the Trash Can, the data streams in that property go to the Trash Can along with the property.

When you restore an account or property from the Trash Can, all settings and configurations (e.g., filters, user permissions, links to other Google products) are preserved.

Data is not processed while accounts and properties are in the Trash Can. Data processing resumes for core reports within an hour of being restored from the Trash Can. Realtime processing resumes within seconds.

How to restore an account or property

You need Edit permission to restore accounts and properties.
  1. Sign in to your Analytics account. If all your Analytics accounts have been deleted, you'll need to create a new Analytics account in order to access the Trash Can.
  2. Click Admin.
  3. In the Account column, click Trash Can.
  4. Locate the item you want to restore by looking through the table, or using the search field in the table.
  5. Select the item, and click Restore.
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