How to recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive

Google Drive is an online file storage and synchronization service that allows its users to store files on online servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. You can permanently delete files to make the maximum use of Google Drive storage space. But sometimes you could experience data loss as a result of accidental deletions. Let us check here, how to recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive.

Unfortunately, you may permanently delete your Google Drive files that are most important. For this scenario, you could use some workarounds and third-party tools to recover permanently deleted Google Drive files.

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recover permanently deleted files on Google Drive

Let’s see some effective ways to recover permanently deleted files and folders using Google’s native features and third-party online cloud applications.

Can you recover permanently deleted Google Drive Files?

“Can I recover permanently deleted files from trash by mistake which is too much important?”

Yes! You can easily recover your deleted Google Drive files.

The process of recovering deleted Google Drive files can depend on two factors.

  • Having a backup of your files
  • Not having a backup of your files

Recover deleted files and folders from Google Drive

You can recover Google Drive files that were lost or deleted by simply restoring it from the Trash folder. The deleted files will be retained in the Google Drive Trash for 30 days from the day of deletion.

How to recover deleted files from Google Drive Trash?

To recover deleted files from Google Drive trash,

  • Open your Google Drive and login to your account.
  • Find the ‘Trash’ icon on the left side of the screen.
  • Click on it.
  • Locate the files or folders to be recovered
  • Right-click on them. You can see two options — Restore and Delete Forever
  • Select the “Restore” option from the menu.

Recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive without backup

The individual Google Drive users have a total of 30 days to recover the files that were deleted from the trash. After this, the files and folders will be permanently deleted from the ‘Trash’ folder and cannot be recovered. Only if you have already taken a backup of the files before deletion, you can recover it.

However, if you are a G Suite user, then an administrator can recover your permanently deleted files and folders from Google Admin Console.

This is how we can recover permanently deleted files on Google Drive without backup.

Recover permanently deleted files from google drive using G Suite Admin Console

The permanently deleted files from the trash can be recovered by a G Suite Admin within 25 days of deletion from the Trash.

G Suite administrators can recover permanently deleted files from trash,

  1. Recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive using G-suite administrator
  2. Recover permanently deleted files from the shared drive (Team Drive)
  3. Recover Google Drive files from a deleted account

How Can a G Suite Administrator recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive?

  •  Log in to the Google Admin Console 
  • Click on the “Users” icon from the Google Admin Console.
  • Hover over the user name whose files or folders have to be restored 
  • Click on the “Vertical three dots” on the far right of the user name.
  • Select the “Restore Data” option from the pop-up menu.
  • Specify the date range (From and To date) during which the file was deleted.
  • Choose ‘Drive’ from the application dropdown.
  • Now Click on the “Restore” button to recover the permanently deleted files from Google Drive.

How Can a G Suite administrator recover permanently deleted files from the shared drive (Team Drive)?

  • Log in to the Google Admin Console 
  • Click Apps > G Suite >Drive and Docs.
  • Select the option “Manage Team Drives.”
  • Find the deleted file to be restored and click on the restore icon at the far right of the file tab.
  • Specify the date range (From and To date) during which the file was deleted 
  • Now click on the “Restore Data” button to recover permanently deleted files from the shared drive.

How to recover Google Drive files from a deleted account?

An administrator can recover Google Drive files of a deleted user account within 20 days of account deletion.

To recover Google Drive files from a deleted account,

  • You have to first restore the deleted G Suite account.
  • Once the deleted G Suite account is restored, transfer the file ownership to another G Suite user.
  • Now log into the Admin Console
  • Go to ‘Apps’ and click on the option “G Suite”
  • Select “Drive and Docs” and then choose “Transfer ownership from the list”
  • Provide the respective username and domain of the users in the ‘From’ and ‘To’ section
  • Now click on ” Transfer Files”
  • Once your Google Drive files are recovered, you can delete the G Suite account again.

How to recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive when you have a backup?

If you have already taken a backup of your Google Drive files, then you can use some tools to easily recover your permanently deleted Google Drive files.

  1. Recover permanently deleted files that are backed up using Google Takeout
  2. Recover permanently deleted files using Google Vault
  3. Recover deleted files from Google Drive using third-party backup tools

How to recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive using Google Takeout backup?

Google Takeout is a G Suite application that allows you to take a backup of your Google Drive files. The backup taken using Google Takeout will be downloaded in your device as a zip file. To restore the files back to your Google Drive follow these steps:

  • Locate the file to be recovered in your device and right-click on it.
  • Select the extract all option from the drop-down menu to extract those files.
  • Now log into your Google Drive
  • Click on the “+ New” button on the upper left of the screen and select the option “File upload/Folder upload” to upload those files or folders back to Google Drive.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive Using Google Vault?

Now, we will see how to recover permanently deleted files from google drive using Google Valut.

  •  Log in to Google Vault using your admin credentials.
  • Navigate to the “Matters” option on the left pane and select a pre-existing matter where you have already held the data.
  • Click on the “Search” module on the left pane and Choose “Drive” as the type of application 
  • Provide the email address of the user who has lost the file and date range during the files lost.
  • Click on the “Search” button to list all the files that are lost between the date range.
  • Click on the “Export results” option on the menu bar to export all the lost files and then click on “Download” to download those files.

Recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive using Third-Party backup tools

You can also use some third-party applications like SysCloud, snipbackup to recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive.

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And voila! You can now recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive in no time.

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