Mark or unmark spam in Drive

Similar to how the spam folder works in Gmail, automatic classifiers redirect files that Drive strongly suspects to be unwanted to the spam folder. You can also manually move files in and out of the spam folder. After a file has resided within the spam folder for over 30 days, it will be permanently removed from your Drive.

You can report shared files as spam in Drive. Files you report as spam:

  • No longer generate notifications for comments
  • Aren’t discoverable within Drive Search or suggested files
  • Are reviewed by Google for policy violations

Important: You can’t report files that you or members of your organization own.

Mark a file as spam

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Drive app Google Drive icon.
  2. Find the file you want to report, tap More and then select Report .
  3. Complete the form:
    1. Select from the list of unwanted content types and then tap Report
    2. Choose if you want to block the user.

 Tips:

  • If an illegal content type is selected, you’re redirected to an overview page for that content type. The page provides more information on how to complete the report. 
  • When you click Report or manually move a file into your Spam, Google is notified. 
    • To help protect our users from spam and abuse, Google may analyze the file.
  • Once you report spam, the file is moved to Spam and is automatically deleted after 30 days.

Unmark a file as spam 

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Drive app Google Drive icon.
  2. Open Spam.
  3. Find the file you want to unmark as spam, tap More  and then select Not spam .

Delete files in spam

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Drive app Google Drive icon.
  2. Open Spam.
  3. Find the file you want to remove or at the top, tap More and then tap Permanently delete

Tip: To delete all files in Spam, at the top of the spam folder, click Remove all spam files now.

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