How to Restore or Recover Deleted Files from Google Drive

Move the files you want to remove from Google Drive to the trash. Trash files are automatically erased after 30 days. You can restore data from your trash before the 30 days deadline. To clean up your trash, you may also permanently erase them. It may take some time to detect changes if you remove, restore, or permanently delete numerous files or directories at once.

How to Recover Deleted Google Drive Files?

If you wish to keep a file in your trash, place it back in “My Drive” If you are not the owner of the item and want to utilize it:

  1. Make a duplicate of the file.
  2. Please contact the owner to get it restored.
  3. Navigate to on your PC.
  4. Trash can be found on the left.
  5. Select the file to be restored.
  6. Click Restore Restore from Trash at the top.
  7. Tip: To discover the oldest or newest trashed files, arrange your trashed files by trashed date.
  8. Files that have been restored can be found in their original place. If the original location is no longer available, check “My Drive.”

How to Restore files from Google Drive by others?

If you recently deleted something from Google Drive or the Google Drive desktop application, you may be able to recover the content manually.

  1. Recover from the Trash.
  2. Go to on a PC.
  3. Tip: To discover the oldest or newest trashed files, arrange your trashed files by trashed date.
  4. Right-click the file you wish to restore and select Recover.
  5. Select Restore.
  6. Files that have been restored can be found in their original place. If the original location is no longer available, check “My Drive.”

How to Recover Google Drive files from a Deleted Account

You can reinstate a deleted user account (including administrator accounts) for up to 20 days. The data is lost after 20 days and cannot be recovered.

If you deactivate a user without transferring files, the user’s files are erased 20 days later. You can recover the deleted user and transfer ownership of their data before they are permanently erased if you act soon.

How to Recover Data from a Lost user Account on Google Drive

After a user is removed, you have up to 20 days to recover their account and data.

Transfer ownership of the user’s files to an active user after the user has been restored.

Delete the original file owner’s user account.

Restore a user’s Data and Account

  1. Open your Google Admin console.
  2. Log in with a super administrator account (not your current account
  3. Navigate to the Admin console’s Menu “and then” Directory and then users.
  4. Click on ‘more options’ there you will find ‘Recently deleted users’
  5. Select the user and then click Recover.
  6. Examine the confirmation notification before clicking Continue.
  7. Choose an organizational unit to which the user should be assigned.
  8. Take note: Understand how the organizational structure works.
  9. Select Recover.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted files from Google Drive?

Any file or folder deleted from Google Drive gets transferred to the trash folder. The deleted file in the drive keeps safe in the trash for 30 days, after which automatically it will be deleted permanently. To restore a deleted file, right-click it in the trash bin and select Restore.

Recover Deleted Files

If you do not recover a deleted file within 30 days, or if you manually empty the trash, the data will be permanently wiped from your Google Drive.

You may, however, contact Google Support and have the deleted files restored for you.

  1. Visit for more information on file recovery and sign in with the same Google account that was used to remove the file.
  2. To confirm that you are attempting to restore files deleted from Google Drive, enter your first and last names and check the permission box.
  3. You will receive an email from confirming receipt of your request and informing you that the files may take up to 48 hours to be recovered.
  4. Google advises against emptying your trash while the file recovery procedure is in progress. Please keep in mind that files that you have posted to Google Drive may be retrieved during this procedure. This procedure cannot recover a file that you do not own.
  5. When the restoration procedure is finished, Google Support will send you another email verifying that the files were successfully recovered. You may now enter Google Drive and see the permanently deleted files and folders in their original location.
  6. The actions outlined above are only applicable to individual Google accounts. To recover files if you have a Google Workspace account, you must contact your domain administrator. Furthermore, the restoration procedure will recover all deleted files, however, specific files or folders can currently be restored.

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