Move files to Trash & restore files from Trash

You can move files to Trash with Files by Google. You can also restore files you accidentally moved to Trash.

Important:

  • This feature will be rolled out in phases and is currently available for BETA users on Android R.
  • Files remain in Trash for 30 days and then are automatically deleted.

Move files to Trash

Move files to Trash from the Browse tab
  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files by Google.
  2. At the bottom, tap Browse.
  3. Select the files you want to move to Trash.
  4. At the top right, tap Trash.

Tips:

  • To cancel your action, on the progress bar below, tap Stop.
  • To restore your files after they’re moved to the Trash, tap Undo.
Move files to Trash from the Clean tab

Important: Files deleted from "Junk files" card will be permanently deleted. They will not be moved to Trash.

  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files by Google.
  2. At the bottom, tap Clean.
  3. Select the files you want to move to Trash.
  4. At the bottom, tap Trash.

Tips:

  • To cancel your action, on the progress bar below, tap Stop.
  • To restore your files after they’re moved to the Trash, go to Trash to manually restore them.

Delete files from Trash

Important: Files deleted from Trash are permanently deleted.

  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files by Google.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Trash.
  3. Find the files you want to delete.
  4. Tap Delete Delete.
  5. On the confirmation dialog, tap Delete.

Restore files from Trash

  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files by Google.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Trash.
  3. Find the files you want to move out of Trash.
  4. At the bottom, tap Restore X files.
  5. On the confirmation dialog, tap Restore.
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