Usually, when you delete files from Google Drive, they are sent to the Trash or Bin folder of the Drive. Google Drive permanently deletes files in Trash after 30 days. What if you want to clean your Trash folder to free up space manually or for some other reason? We shall guide you about the same. You will get to know how to delete or remove all the files from Google Drive Trash at once in this post.
We have also covered what happens when you delete files from Trash. And various ways to fix the issue if emptying the Trash doesn’t work. Let’s start with the computer first, followed by Google Drive mobile apps, i.e., Android, iPhone, and iPad.
Note: Once you empty the trash, you will not notice the changes immediately. You might need to wait at least 24 hours for all the files to get deleted permanently. So do not think that emptying the trash doesn’t work.
How to Empty Google Drive Trash All at Once on PC
There are two ways to empty the trash at once in Google Drive using a laptop or desktop.
Method 1: Delete All Files Using Dedicated Button
Step 1: Launch the Google Drive website and login with your account.
Step 2: Click on the Bin or Trash folder present in the left sidebar of Google Drive.
Step 3: You will be taken to the Trash or Bin folder. Click on the Empty bin or Empty trash button at the top-right corner of the screen.
Note: If you don’t see the Empty bin or Empty trash buttons, you will find the Trash option on the left side with a small down arrow. Click on the arrow and choose Empty trash from the menu.
Step 4: A confirmation pop-up window will appear. Click on the Delete forever button.
As mentioned earlier, removing files from Google Drive puts them in Trash for 30 days. So if you accidentally deleted the files, you can restore them anytime within 30 days as long as they are available in Trash.
Similarly, you can clear the cache on the Google Drive Android app. For that, launch the app and open the sidebar. Tap on Settings followed by Clear cache. Check our guide that explains in detail how to clear cache in Google Drive.
3. Clear Trash Using Mobile Apps
Many Google Drive users have suggested that using mobile apps instead of the web version to empty the Trash has worked for them. So do give it a try. But be patient after trying it out.
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Now that you know how to empty Google Drive's Trash, you should do it whenever you can. Else, Google will delete those items from Trash every 30 days anyway, just like Google Photo's Trash. The recovered storage will show automatically as available space in Google Drive.
Confused whether Google Drive Trash counts against the Drive storage quota or not? Find the answer using our Google Drive Storage guide from the next post.
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