How to remove quick access from google drive

Google Drive has launched a new feature “ Quick Access” or “Suggestion” section in 2016 to compete with many contenders. Here, we will see how to remove quick access from google drive and How to disable quick access from google drive.

Quick Access or Suggestion section in Google Drive will show the new files you just opened. Google Drive team were claimed that this “Quick Access” feature will save 50 percent of the average time to get your desired file.

However, this “Quick Access” feature has a major concern with privacy and security issues where other people also able to see the preview at the time you access it. To get rid of privacy issues, you have to disable Quick Access on Google Drive and prevent your files from easy access.

You can also check below Google drive tutorials:

Let’s dive deep to know more about what is Quick Access in Google Drive, how to remove quick access in Google Drive in your PC, Android, and IOS mobiles. And also we look at how to enable quick access back in Google Drive.

What is quick access on google drive?

Google introduced Quick Access as a new feature in Google Drive as an effort to enhance Drive usability. Quick Access feature in Google Drive surfaces the relevant documents to the user on the drive page.

Google Drive Quick Access feature is very similar to Windows 10’s Quick Access feature which enables you to quickly get access to the most frequent and recent used files. The Quick access feature tracks your Google Drive’s activity and behavior to predict quick files.

In Google Drive, you can find the Quick Access files at the top of your page. The Quick Access is featured on the web app as well as Android and IOS mobile applications.

Reasons to remove Quick access in Google Drive

  • Quick Access feature might be sometimes annoying particularly in a place where you are working with your teammates or collaborators. Privacy is a big concern when Quick Access features how your private or sensitive files to other teammates or collaborators.
  • If you have visited a vast range of files in recent times, then you have got nearly a third of your screen covered by quick files. It will become quite uncomfortable to find the required file from the huge list of quick files. 

Fortunately, Google provides you an option to hide the Quick Access area from the view. If you don’t want Quick Access on Google Drive, then you can disable the “Quick Access” feature.

Google drive clear recent files

You can clear the previously viewed files that are predominantly displayed when you open the Google Drive application. All you have to do is just disable the “Quick Access” feature in Google Drive. You can remove Google Drive’s “Quick Access” feature in both web and mobile applications to clear recent files.

How to remove quick access in google drive on PC?

Now, let us see how to remove quick access from google drive.

To remove quick access in Google Drive on PC,

  • Launch Google Drive on Chrome or any other browser on your desktop.
  • Find the gear-shaped ‘Settings’ icon at the top right of the Google Drive home page. 
  • Click on it and select the “Settings” tab from the drop-down menu.
remove quick access google drive
  • This will open up the ‘Settings’ pop-up box.
  • Find the ‘Suggestions’ option and navigate to it. 
  • You can see a checkbox saying “ Make relevant files handy when you need them” 
  • Remove the check from the checkbox and hit the ‘Done’ button.
How to remove quick access from google drive
How to remove quick access from google drive
  • You might still see the “Quick Access” area on the Google Drive page.
  • Sometimes, the “Quick Access” area doesn’t disappear instantly. 
  • Refresh the Google Drive page using the shortcut ‘CTRL+R’ to remove the Quick Access. 
  • Now your “Quick Drive” area will disappear.

How to remove quick access in google drive on Android Mobile?

  • Open the Google Drive app on your Android mobile.
  • Tap on the ‘Hamburger Icon’ in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Now tap on the gear-shaped Settings icon.
  • Look for the ‘Enable Quick Access’ section that says “Get suggestions for time relevant files that you may want to open. Adds a section at the top of My Drive.”
  • Turn the option off.

You have done removing the “Quick Access” area in Google Drive on Android mobile.

How to remove quick access in google drive on IOS Mobile?

  • Open the Google Drive app on your IOS mobile.
  • Tap on the ‘List’ icon in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Now tap on the gear-shaped ‘Settings’ icon.
  • Look for the ‘Enable Quick Access’ section that says “Get suggestions for time relevant files that you may want to open. Adds a section at the top of My Drive.”
  • Turn the option off.

You have done removing the “Quick Access” area in Google Drive on the IOS mobile.

Google drive quick access disappeared

Quick Access in Google Drive is just a placeholder section with shortcuts to certain folders and files. Once you turn off the ‘Quick Access’ section, the predominantly displayed Quick Access area with files and folders will disappear.

Your entire Google drive should feel less cluttered now and you no longer have to worry about privacy issues while accessing Google Drive. Anytime you what the Google Drive ‘Quick Access’ feature back, you can enable it with ease.

Google drive quick access enable

To enable quick access on Google Drive,

  • Launch Google Drive on Chrome or any other browser on your desktop.
  • Find the gear-shaped ‘Settings’ icon at the top right of the Google Drive home page.
  • Click on it and select the “Settings” tab from the drop-down menu.
  • This will open up the ‘Settings’ pop-up box.
  • Find the ‘Suggestions’ option and navigate to it.
  • You can see a checkbox saying “ Make relevant files handy when you need them”
  • Click on the checkbox to enable and hit the ‘Done’ button.
How to disable quick access from google drive
  • Refresh the Google Drive page using the shortcut ‘CTRL+R’ to enable the Quick Access.
  • You can now see the “Quick Access” area with recently used files and folders on the Google Drive page.

You may like the following Google tutorials:

And Voila! You can remove quick access in Google Drive with ease and also enable them back by simply following the above instructions! Here, we saw how to remove quick access from google drive and How to disable quick access from google drive.

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