Delete and restore files in Google Drive

Note: If you delete, restore, or permanently delete a lot of files or folders at once, it might take time for you to see the changes.

Put a file in trash

To remove a file from your Drive, you can put it in your trash. Your file will stay there until you empty your trash.

If you're the owner of the file, others can view it until you permanently delete the file. If you're not the owner, others can see the file even if you empty your trash.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Drive app.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Files Files.
  3. Next to the file you want to delete, tap More More and then Remove.

Empty your trash

You can permanently delete an individual file or empty your entire trash. After deleting a file, anyone you've shared the file with will lose access to it. If you want others to be able to still view the file, you can give ownership to someone else.

  1. In the upper left, tap Menu Menu and then Trash.
  2. Next to the file you'd like to delete, tap More More and then Delete forever.

Empty your entire trash

To empty your entire trash, go to on a computer.

Recover a file from trash

If you put a file in your trash but decide that you still want it, you can put it back in your Drive.

  1. In the upper left, tap Menu Menu and then Trash.
  2. Next to the file you'd like to save, tap More More and then Restore.

Note: If you're not the owner of the file, contact the owner to have them restore it.

If you can't recover your deleted file

If you delete a file and need to get it back, contact a Drive specialist. To find your file, call or chat with us.

Contact us

To contact us, sign in to your Google Account.

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