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Delete a data source

How to remove, restore, and permanently delete data sources.

In Looker Studio, removing an asset is temporary. You can restore assets that you've removed. Deleting an asset is permanent.

Remove a data source from a report

You can remove embedded and reusable data sources from your reports if they're no longer needed:

  1. Edit your report.
  2. Select Resources and thenManage added data sources.
  3. Locate the data source in the list.
  4. To the right, click Remove.REMOVE.
Note: Any components in the report that use the data source will display a "Configuration incomplete" error. To fix this, add a new data source to the component.
 
Note: Removing a reusable data source from a report doesn't affect other reports which use that data source and doesn't move the data source to the Trash.

Move a reusable data source to the trash

To remove a reusable data source from the home page list, move it to the Trash:

  1. Sign in to Looker Studio.
  2. Navigate to the DATA SOURCES tab.
  3. Locate the data source you want to remove.
  4. Hover over the data source name, then on the right, click More options More options..
  5. Click Remove. Remove.

Moving a data source to the Trash also removes the data source from any reports which use it.

Removing a data source will not warn you if it is currently added to any reports. You can see the reports which use a given data source by using the Manage Added Reports option.

Permanently delete a data source

Data sources in the Trash continue to exist unless you permanently delete them:

  1. Sign in to Looker Studio.
  2. Navigate to the DATA SOURCES tab.
  3. On the left, select TRASH.
  4. Locate the data source you want to delete, then click More options.Options.
  5. Click Remove. Delete forever.
You can't undo this action.

Restore a reusable data source

You can restore items in the Trash. Restoring a reusable data source adds it back to any reports to which it had been previously added.

  1. Sign in to Looker Studio.
  2. Navigate to the DATA SOURCES tab.
  3. On the left, select TRASH.
  4. Locate the data source you want to restore, then click the options menu More options.
  5. Click Restore.Restore.

A note about version history

Version history can't restore any data sources that have been permanently deleted.

 
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