How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files And Folders in Google Drive

In this article we will learn about How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files And Folders in Google Drive. Did you accidentally empty your the Drive trash folder in google drive? If yes, then this article for you. Read instructions below.

You can delete files and folders from your Google Drive. It is then moved to the trash folder. After 30 days, the deleted file is permanently deleted. To undelete or restore the file, right-click it in the trash bin as shown in image below.

Recover Permanently Deleted Files And Folders in Google Drive

Restore Permanently Deleted Files From Google Drive

You can permanently delete files from Google Drive if you do not restore deleted files within the 30 day window.

Google Support can help you retrieve deleted files.

  1. Go to and sign-in with the Google account you used to delete the file.
  2. Enter your first and last names, and then check the consent box. This will confirm that you want to retrieve files from Google Drive.

Google drive deleted file recovery form

You’ll receive an email from [email protected] confirming that your request has been received and that it may take up to 48 hours for the files to be restored. It usually takes less that 12 hours.

Google suggests that you do not empty your trash while file recovery is underway. You should also be aware that files you upload to Google Drive can be recovered during this process. This process cannot be used to restore files that you don’t own.

Google Support will email you another email to confirm that the files were restored after the restoration process has been completed. Now you can open Google Drive. The permanently deleted files and folders are visible in their original locations.

These steps only apply to individual Google accounts. To restore files from a Google Workspace account you will need to contact your domain administrator. The restoration process will recover all files deleted, but it is possible to restore specific files or folders.

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