How to get deleted Google docs files back

You might not know this yet but if you have accidentally deleted any of your Google Docs file that is synced with your Google Drive, you can recover it in a few simple steps. It might not be possible for the files saved in your system though, hence it is always a safe option to autosave all the files to your cloud storage.

Google has also rolled certain updates regarding the trash files in the Google Drives folder that might be deleted after a certain period of time. Hence, it is better to recover all the files that you wish to restore immediately since there might be no other option left further to get them back once Google removes them permanently. We have curated and tried the steps that might help you get the files back in multiple ways either through your smartphones or computer systems.

Let us look at ways on how to get deleted Google docs files back.

How to get deleted Google docs Files back (Computer)

The very first version that we will look at here is on your computer system where you can restore your accidentally deleted files from Google Drive. This will only be possible if you have the auto backup switched on and all the files are saved on the drive. Let’s see the steps to how we can get the deleted files back.

Recover Files from Trash
  • Make a Right-Click on the file you deleted.
  • Tap on Restore.
Restore Files

You can follow the same steps for all the files in the trash that you might have accidentally deleted or simply wish to bring back to your drive.

How to get deleted Google docs Files back (Smartphone)

Here is another version you can try to get your files back which is probably a lot easier if you have your mobile phone with you. So, almost every user does have the Google Drive app preinstalled in their devices where all the files are stored automatically through auto-sync. You can use similar steps to get your files back as done on your system.

  • Download and click on the Google Drive app icon to launch it.
  • Tap on three horizontal bars to open the menu.
  • Now, click on Bin.
Open Bin
  • Select the file you wish to restore and click on three dots beside each file.
Click on the files to restore
  • Tap on Restore.
Tap on Restore

You can also select multiple files at once and tap on the three dots on the top-right corner of the screen. Then press on Restore to get all the files back from the trash at once. This will save you a lot of time if you have multiple files.

How Do You Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive?

This might seem a little too unreal if you have not used G Suite before. Well, if you have cleared out the trash or were too late to recover the files from it and Google deleted it due to the 30 days policy. But there is another way that you might not be aware of yet that can help you get back the files. It is only possible for GSuite users by using the G Suite Admin Console. Here are the steps you can follow.

1. Restore Data Deleted from Google Drive

  • Click on the link here to log in to your Google Admin Console.
  • Tap on the Users option on the screen.
Recover permanently deleted items on GSuite
  • Select the Username whose data needs to be restored and tap on the three dots beside it.
Recover permanently deleted items
  • Now, click on Restore Data to get back all the files that were permanently deleted from Google Drive.
  • Only data deleted within 25 days will be available to be restored. Select the range in terms of time and data.
  • Tap on Restore.
Select Data Range

3. Restore Data Deleted from Shared Google Drive

You can also choose to recover the deleted data if you have a shared drive or the team drive where multiple users are involved. Here is how.

  • Log in to Google Admin Console.
  • Click on Apps.
  • Select GSuite and click on Drive and Docs
  • Now, tap on Manage Team Drives
Choose Manage Drives
  • Look for the files that need to be restored and click on Restore.
  • Now, select the time range and tap on Restore Data.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long do files stay in Trash on Google Drive?

Google has introduced a new policy for its multiple apps where the deleted files will only remain in the bin for a period of 30 days. After which it will be deleted permanently and you might not be able to access it. If you are a GSuite user, the same rules apply however the permanent files can be restored with certain steps that you might have to follow.

2. Why is my Google Drive still full after deleting files?

If you have been planning to clear out space from your drive, you might need to delete them directly. Well, even after deleting the files you still have no space or show that the storage is full, this could mean that all the files are present in the Bin or Trash. So, make sure to permanently delete the files from all the locations and free up space likewise.

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Well, here we are with everything you need to know about how to get deleted Google docs files back on Drive. Since all the files are synced to Google Drive, you can follow the steps and recover them back from the trash which might get deleted automatically after a 30-day timeframe by Google itself. It is the most recent update rolled by the tech giant since not a lot of people clear out the trash and it eats up space.

You can know more about how to make Google Docs editable here.

Also, the process is pretty simple. If you are a GSuite user you can even get back the permanently deleted files with certain methods under multiple circumstances. Some of which are mentioned above for you to follow. Furthermore, if you have any queries related to the files on your Google Docs or Drive that might be causing any error, you can let us know in the comment section below.