How To Delete Files From Google Drive On Android

How To Delete Files From Google Drive On Android

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If you have files on Google Drive that you want to delete using your Android phone, you’re in the right place, because in this article, that’s exactly what I’m going to show you how to do.

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How To Delete Files From Google Drive On An Android Phone

To delete files from Google Drive on your Android phone, the first thing you need to do is open up the Google Drive App.

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Once you’re in the Google Drive app, you’ll need to find the file you want to delete, the best way to do this will be to tap on the “Files” icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

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Now you’ll see all the files and folders that are in your Google Drive, and you’ll need to scroll down until you find the file you want to delete or tap on a folder if the file you want to delete is inside a folder.

Once you’ve found the file you want to delete, tap on the three dots next to the file.

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And then you’ll see a menu like this appear from the bottom of the screen.

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And now, if you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the menu, you’ll see a button that says “Remove” with a trash can icon next to it.

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Once you tap “Remove”, you’ll see a popup message asking if you want to move the image to trash, and letting you know that if you do, it will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

But as long as you’re okay with it being deleted, go ahead and tap “Move to trash”.

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And that’s it, your file is now deleted!

How To Permanently Delete Files From Google Drive On Android

Once you’ve deleted you’re file, it will spend 30 days in the trash before it gets permanently deleted to allow you to go back and restore it if you change your mind.

And this is fine if you’re just casually deleting a few files that you don’t need anymore.

But if you want to permanently remove files from your Google Drive immediately so that they will stop taking up space on your storage straight away, you’ll need to follow these few steps after moving the files to the trash.

First, you’ll need to tap on the three lines in the top left corner to open the menu.

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And then, in the menu that appears, tap “Trash”.

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Now, you’ll see all the files that you’ve deleted in the last 30 days.

By default, this list is sorted by “Date trashed”, so the file you just deleted should be at the top of the list. And all you have to do to permanently delete it is tap on the three dots next to the file you want to delete…

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And then, in the menu that appears, tap “Delete forever”.

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You’ll now see a popup message asking you if you’re sure you want to permanently delete this file and warning you that it can’t be undone, but as long as you’re sure, go ahead and tap “Delete forever”.

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And now your file will be completely deleted and will no longer exist!

How To Delete Multiple Files At Once

If you have multiple files in your Google Drive that you want to delete, doing this process can be a bit slow and tedious. But luckily, there’s a faster way to delete multiple files at once.

All you have to do is hold your finger down on one of the files you want to delete until you feel your phone vibrate and the file becomes selected.

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And then, you can select any additional file you want to delete by tapping on it.

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Then, once you’re happy with your selection, all you have to do is tap the trash can icon in the top right-hand corner…

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And then, you’ll see a message asking if you’re sure you want to move the files to trash, and you’ll just need to tap “Move to trash”.

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And that’s it, they’re deleted! Obviously, they will be in trash for 30 days and if you want to permanently delete them immediately you’ll still have to go into trash and delete them from there, but this is a much quicker way of moving multiple files into trash.

So that’s all there is to it! You now know everything you need to know about deleting files from Google Drive on Android.

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2 thoughts on “How To Delete Files From Google Drive On Android”

  1. This teased me with all the details. But is missing the “next step” I am looking for… How do we permanently delete multiple files now (aka empty trash now) ? I see your screenshots match my current version of Drive. They removed the 3-dot menu within the Trash where I used to go to empty trash.

    1. …however the same step you mentioned for selecting multiple files to delete works when inside the Trash folder. And the “Select All” (little square around a square icon) let’s you delete all. So thanks for giving me enough info and for being the only search result I found with the current version of Drive in the screenshot!!

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