How To Delete Files From Google Drive

This article will teach you “How To Delete Files From Google Drive”.

As we all must have known how to use Google Drive, many files are stored in it. However, there are actually many circumstances where you would like to delete them. How can we solve this problem?

Google Drive can store a lot of files. You can create your documents and spreadsheets in it without limits. If you do not need those files anymore, how about deleting them?

Actually, deleting files from Google Drive is easy though I know that many people are not familiar with and still searching for how to delete files from Google Drive.

Why Do You Want To Delete Files From Google Drive?

Before you delete your files from Google Drive, probably you should consider the need of deleting them. You may want to do so if: They are no longer needed. They are not longer relevant or interesting to you. You want a fresh start in your Google Drive storage space management.

My habits when wanting to delete files from Google Drive are as follows: Delete files I know I have no use for anymore. Delete old spreadsheets that do not add value into my everyday life. Do a thorough cleaning of all unwanted stuff. Doing such habits on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis will always be the best option.

How To Delete Files From Google Drive on PC

Here is the step by step process of deleting files from Google Drive:

Step 1: Log in to your account on the desktop version of Google Drive by visiting

Step 2: To delete Google Drive files or folders, select the files you wish to delete.

Step 3: Once you have selected the file, right-click on it and select “Remove”.

remove a file from google drive

Step 4: Now, the file that you just removed will go to the “Trash”. However, you can Undo the action by clicking on the notification. (as shown in image)


Note: The files you deleted just went to Trash Bin and it will be automatically be deleted after 30 days of time. To delete the file permanently follow the next heading below.

How To Permanently Delete Files From Google Drive

In Google Drive, the Trash is temporary, meaning that it will only store deleted files for 30 days before they’re permanently deleted. If you want to completely remove your file from Google Drive and have it 100% removed so there are no traces of them left behind, then follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to the Trash option which is available on the left side.


Step 2: Select the file you wish to Delete Permanently and right-click on it.

Step 3: Choose “Delete forever” from the menu.

permanently delete file from google drive

When you’ve successfully deleted a file in Drive, you’ll be asked to confirm your action.

delete forever confirmation box

Google will also remove previous versions that date back 30 days.  If there are no older versions of a file present, then all traces of it will be removed from Google Drive permanently.

How To Delete Files From Google Drive On Android

Deleting files within the Google Drive app on Android is a no-frills process that requires only a few steps to complete. The steps are the same as the PC browser.

Step 1: Open the Google Drive app

In order to delete files from your Google Account, you’ll need to manually open the Google Drive app and choose either a specific folder or all folders – depending on whether you wish to delete files from a singular folder, or everything in your account.

Step 2: Select the file(s) you want to remove

After choosing either option, simply scroll through your list of files and tap the ones you’d like to delete; it doesn’t matter how many or few you choose, as deleting a single file or deleting everything in your account will both work the same way.

delete file from google drive on android

Step 3: Tap Delete

After selecting all of the files you’d like to remove, tap “Delete” in the top-right corner of your screen. A dialog box will appear to confirm to move the file to Bin.

move to bin

Step 4: Permanently Delete

To permanently delete the file go to Bin by clicking on the Top-Left Menu (3 lines)>Select Bin.

To delete a file that was moved to Bin, click on three dots and choose “Delete forever.”

Likewise, a confirmation pop-up box will appear here as well to confirm the deletion.

permanently delete file on android google drive

So, that’s how to delete files from Google Drive on Android. The same steps go for any iOS device.


Why is there no Remove option in Google Drive?

Because a file that has been “removed” is still in the trash. Before it can be deleted permanently, you must empty your trash and then delete it permanently.

How do I delete files shared with me?

To delete files shared with you, the original file owner must first delete their copy. You can check if your version of the file is up-to-date by opening it and then going into your Drive>Versions.

You will receive a notification from Google when the person who shared the file with you deletes their copy. Once that happens, you will see an option to Delete in the file’s overflow menu.

The person who shared the file with you will get a notification notifying them that their copy of the file has been deleted, and letting them know who is deleting it permanently from Google Drive.

Does permanently deleting files from Google Drive affect all versions?

No, permanently deleting a file from your Google Drive account only affects the current version. Older versions of that file will still exist in previous Drive revisions.

When you permanently delete a file, you are simply removing its name and link from the Google Drive interface, not actually deleting it—it can still be found by searching for it using the Google search engine.

Over To You

I hope that this tutorial has helped you learn how to delete files from Google Drive account. Deleting a file from Google Drive is easy, just make sure to follow the article steps carefully.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to write them in the comment section below.

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