How to delete everything in google drive

Google Drive provides a large file storage facility to collaboratively edit spreadsheets, documents, drawings, presentations, forms, and more. Over time, plenty of files and folders accumulates on your Google Drive and get cluttered. We will check how to delete everything in google drive?

If you want to add new files, deleting old files can help you to free up space to add new ones. You may look for a solution to delete everything instead of selecting files individually and deleting them one by one. Is it possible to delete everything(including Google Docs files, Google Sheets files, and Google Slides documents)?

Let’s dive deep to know how to delete everything in Google Drive.

Google Drive storage

Google Drive offers its users 15 gigabytes of free storage through Google One. The paid plans of Google Drive offers 100 gigabytes, 200 gigabytes, 2 terabytes, 10 terabytes, 20 terabytes, and 30 terabytes depending upon the subscription fees.

The files and folders uploaded in Google Drive can be up to 5 terabytes in size.

Is it possible to delete everything in Google Drive?

“I have tried selecting hundreds of files at once it seems to crash every time I try this? Is it possible to delete everything in Google Drive?”

This is probably the most asked question about deleting Google Drive files. So now, let’s see is there any possibility to delete everything in Google Drive. Deleting everything depends upon the amount of data you have in your Googe Drive.

  • If you have a limited data in your Google Drive, then you can simply use the browser interface to drag and drop your files and folders to the Trash Bin, which will cause all the files and folders to be moved to Trash. You can then purge the trash to delete everything in Google Drive.
  • If you have a massive amount of data, deleting by moving to trash might be daunting. Google Drive doesn’t offer a “delete everything” option to delete everything in your Google Drive. This is because you may accidentally delete everything from your Google Drive which might be needed in the future. 

If you want to delete everything from Google Drive, you have to select multiple files and folders and delete them.

How to delete multiple files and folders in Google Drive?

We can delete everything in google drive, let us see first how to delete multiple files and folders in Google drive.

To delete multiple files and/or folders, you have to first select them.

How to select multiple files/folders in Google Drive?

It’s quite easy to delete everything in Google Drive. You can simply select “Ctrl + A” to select all the files and folders. But selecting everything and trying to delete them at once won’t work and get stuck in between.

So you can select a group of files at a time and then some more to easily delete everything from your Google Drive.

To select a group of consecutive files,

  • Select the first file you want
  • Press and hold the shift key down
  • Similarly, Select the last file you want
  • Release shift key and make sure that all selected files will remain highlighted

How to delete selected files in Google Drive?

  • Once you have selected a group of files, right-click on any one of the highlighted entry
  • A new panel with several options will be displayed, select ‘Remove’ to remove the selected files/folders
delete everything in google drive
How to delete everything in google drive

The files removed from your Drive will be put in your trash. The deleted files will remain there until you empty your trash. 

How to empty your trash in Google Drive?

You can permanently delete files in Google Drive only by emptying your entire trash.

  • It’s quite easy to empty trash in Google Drive. You can simply select “Ctrl + A” to select all the files and folders and remove them permanently. But selecting everything and trying to permanently delete them at once might get stuck in between.
  • So you can select a group of files at a time and then some more to easily delete everything from your Google Drive.
  • Select the first file you want, press and hold the shift key down
  • Similarly, Select the last file you want. Now Release shift key and make sure that all selected files will remain highlighted
  • Once you have selected a group of files, right-click on any one of the highlighted entry
  • A new panel with two options will be displayed.
  • Select “Delete Forever” to permanently delete the files and folders.
How to delete everything in google drive
delete everything in google drive

If you are trying to delete all huge files and folders to clear up storage space, it will take time. There is no one-click option available to delete everything in Google Drive because it would be far too simple to accidentally completely wipe out your data. 

How to delete everything from google drive on android / IOS?

To delete everything from Google Drive on android mobile, you have to first, move files to the trash. Your Google Drive files and folders will stay there until you empty your trash.

How to move files to trash on Android/ IOS?

  • Open Google Drive Tap and hold on a file/folder.
  • Wait till the icon turns blue with a checkmark inside it.
  • Tap on all the file/folder icons of the files/folders you want to move.
  • A card stack will be at the bottom of the screen of all the files/folders you selected.
  • Finally, tap on the delete icon on the bottom card stack

How to empty trash in Google Drive Android/IOS?

To permanently delete everything in Google Drive Android/IOS,

  • Tap on the Menu icon and open the Trash folder.
  • In the Trash folder, tap and hold the file to select it.
  • Drag to select all files at once you want to delete.
  • Now, Tap on the 3-Vertical dots to the right of the Google Drive file’s name.
  • You will see two options on the screen — Delete forever and Restore.
  • Tap on the Delete Forever option.
  • The selected files will be deleted permanently from your Google drive.

Tips to clear everything in google drive

You may found yourself bumping up against the 15GB limit more frequently in your Google Drive storage. Here are some tips you may found useful to clear Google Drive.

  • To find out what’s taking up so much space on your Google Drive, you can visit Google’s Drive storage page and see a pie chart that shows you how much space you’re taking up.
  • Find out what counts toward your limit and delete them instead of indiscriminately deleting everything.
  • Now open up and clean up Google Drive after sorting your files by file size. Delete files and folders that took up larger space. Once you’ve deleted the files from your Drive, you should also empty your Trash folder. 

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And voila! You can now easily delete everything in Google Drive!

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