Recover a deleted file in Google Drive

Important: Permanently deleted files from Gmail, Google Photos, or Whatsapp backups can’t be recovered. Learn how to recover emails from Gmail.

Restore a file from Google Drive Trash

  1. Go to
  2. On the left, click Trash.
    • All your deleted files are listed in “Trash.”
    • To find out how long ago files were added to the “Trash,” you can sort files by their “Trashed date” date.
  3. To restore a file:
    1. Right-click the file.
    2. Click Restore.

Tip: Deleted files are stored in the Trash for 30 days before they’re deleted forever.

Steps to restore a file or folder from Trash in Google Drive.

Recover a permanently deleted file

It may be possible to recover your files even if they were deleted forever, if you are:

  1. Certain that your files were deleted forever within the last 25 days.
  2. The owner of the files.

You're the owner if:

  • You created the file or folder in your Google Drive account.
  • You uploaded the file or folder to Google Drive.
  • You accepted ownership of the file from the original owner.

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