How to empty trash in Google Drive

Google Drive holds 15 GB of free space that includes Google photos, messages, and attachments of your Gmail account too. But, the 15 GB space gets filled up pretty quickly. Eventually, you have to keep deleting the files from the Google drive to get more space. Unfortunately, the files you have deleted from the Google drive are stored inside ‘Trash’ which still takes up Google drive space. So it’s essential to empty trash in Google Drive. Let’s learn how to empty trash in Google drive in an easy and efficient way and how to recover deleted files.

Why you have to empty trash in Google Drive?

You may find sometimes the storage space is running out because of many redundant files, useless mail attachments on the Google drive taking up a lot of space. You need some space to backup new and important files. What you will do?

Obviously you will delete those unimportant files. But do you know these files are permanently deleted? All the files you have deleted will be still stored in the trash on Google Drive.

So it is essential to empty trash in Google Drive to free up some space.

Till now, we learn why we need to empty trash in Google drive, Now we will see how to empty trash in Google Drive?

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How to Delete Files permanently and Empty Trash in Google Drive?

Let’s see how to move the files to trash and delete them from the Google Drive Trash folder too. 

How to Move Files to Google Drive Trash?

To get a large space on the drive, you have to first delete the files and then empty the Google drive trash. To move files to Google Drive Trash,

  • Open Google Drive on your computer and log in to your account. 
  • Find the Google Drive file that you want to move to trash.
  • Right-click on that file and click on the “Remove” option at the bottom of the menu that opens. Your Google Drive file will be moved to the Trash.
  • Or just select the file and click on the ‘Bin’ icon above the taskbar to move the files to the trash.

How to Empty Trash in Google Drive?

The deleted Google Drive files will be kept in the Trash for 30 days and then get deleted automatically. That is, you can delete your Google drive files permanently only by emptying the trash. To empty trash in Google Drive,

  • Click on the Trash icon on the left side panel of Google Drive.
  • The Google Drive files that you have deleted in the past will be displayed on the screen.
  • Select the file that you want to delete permanently and right-click on it. 
  • You will see two options — Restore and Delete Forever.
  • Click on the ‘Delete Forever’ option.
  • Your Google Drive files will be deleted permanently as you emptied Google Drive Trash.

Google Drive Empty Trash Not Working

Are you find it difficult to empty Google Drive trash

When you try to empty the Google Drive trash, sometimes files not being deleted. When you reload the page, you can see the files are still there. Well, this may happen when you are deleting a large number of files.

Google Drive usually takes a while to delete the files in the trash. If you check again after some time, some or all of the Google Drive files will be deleted. It can take up to a few hours to delete all the files. Just wait to empty the trash!

  • Even after some time, you encounter the same problem means, the first thing you can try to resolve this problem is simply clear your browser cache. 
  • The second solution you can try is to delete just a few files or try to delete one file at a time. Deleting the Google Drive files one by one will empty the trash successfully.
  • You can also access Google Drive from a mobile device and delete trashed files and folders from there.

How to delete files from Google Drive on Android

Till now we learn how to empty trash in Google Drive in your laptop, now we will see how to delete files from Google drive on Android.

  • Open the Google Drive app on your mobile device. 
  • Tap the folder icon at the bottom right of your screen to view the list of all files.
  • Tap the three-dot menu at the right of the file name you want to remove.
  • Tap the‘ Remove’ option from the menu that appears. 
  • The Google Drive file will be sent to your Google Drive trash and not deleted permanently.
  • To remove the Google Drive file permanently, you have to empty the trash.

How to empty trash on a mobile device

Using Drive on a mobile phone is pretty easy and it’s really a quick process to empty your trash. To empty trash on Google Drive using mobile,

  • Open the Google Drive app.
  • Tap on the Menu icon and open the Trash folder.
  • In the Trash folder, tap and hold the Google Drive file to select it.
  • You can also 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.

Google Drive Trash folder

Google Drive files usually spend 30 days in the Trash after you delete it and 25 days in the post Trash which is still recoverable. After that, the files will be deleted permanently and there is no way to recover it.

If you want to restore a file that was deleted from the Trash, you need Google Admin assistance to get the files back.

How to recover deleted files from google drive?

The simple and best way to recover Google Drive files that were lost or deleted is by restoring it from the Trash folder. The deleted Google Drive files will be retained in the Google Drive Trash for 30 days from the day of deletion. After 30 days, the files and folders will be permanently deleted from the ‘Trash’ folder and cannot be recovered, unless you have already taken a backup of those files before deletion.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Google Drive Trash?

  • Click on the Trash icon on the left side panel of Google Drive.
  • The Google Drive files that you have deleted in the past will be displayed on the screen.
  • Select the file that you want to delete permanently and right-click on it.
  • You will see two options — Restore and Delete Forever.
  • Click on the ‘Restore’ option.
  • The deleted Google Drive files will be restored to your Google Drive.

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And voila! You can delete your Google Drive files permanently and also recover those deleted files fro Google drive with ease!

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