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Delete and Restore Files

How to Delete and Restore Files in Google Drive

Delete and Restore Files

Google Drive files that are no longer needed can be deleted by sending them to the trash. Files remain in the trash until it is emptied. If you delete a file by accident, it can be recovered from the trash and moved back to its original location.

Delete a File

  1. Select the file you want to remove.
  2. Click the Remove button. Delete and Restore Files

    You can also right-click a file and select Remove from the menu.

The file is sent to Trash.

If it’s a shared file that you own, those you’ve shared it with can make a copy. If it’s a file you don’t own, removing the file from Drive only removes it for you.

Restore a Deleted File

  1. Navigate to Trash.
  2. Select the file you want to restore.
  3. Click the Restore from trash button. Delete and Restore Files

Permanently Delete a File

Files can be permanently deleted by deleting them from the trash.

  1. Navigate to Trash.
  2. Select the file you want to permanently delete.
  3. Click the Delete forever button. Delete and Restore Files

    A confirmation window appears to warn you that this action can’t be undone.

  4. Click Delete forever. Delete and Restore Files

If you want to delete everything in the trash, click Trash at the top of the page and select Empty trash from the menu.

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