How to Restore Deleted Files From Google Drive

Google Drive isn’t as permanent as it appears. If you accidentally delete files in Google Drive, you have a chance to recover them before they’re permanently deleted and gone forever if you act quickly. Here’s how to recover deleted files from Google Drive so you don’t lose your work forever.

1: Go to google drive
The first step is to locate your file(s) on your google drive. With each file, you can view a list of trashed files underneath it by clicking on More (to reveal file details). It’s also possible that a trashed file might appear directly underneath another file with no folders separating them. Don’t worry—if a deleted file appears in its own folder, you can always rename or move it into its own folder afterward. You may have had one or more reasons for deleting these files, but sometimes their usefulness outweighs their disadvantages and gives some people serious pause about deleting them for good.

2: Access your settings
Click your account name at top right, choose settings, and click Show advanced settings. You can also click on your name, and choose Account Settings and Security. Once there, you’ll see Recent activity. Click on Manage Activity. Your deleted files will be listed under Google Docs, Sheets or Slides. Click Undo next to each file you want to restore. Your files should now be in your Trash folder in a folder labeled with today’s date. Next time you access these files they will be restored back into their original place within your Google Drive account. You may have multiple copies of each file due to a second restore operation if you accidentally clicked on Remove from all devices before clicking Undo for your first removal operation.

3: Click on delete & revoke option
When you delete a file, it’s not immediately removed from your drive. Instead, it goes into your trash folder. This is a safety feature, because if you accidentally delete something important, you still have some time to get it back. The easiest way to recover files from trash is by right-clicking on them and selecting Recover deleted files or Revoke deletion. If you don’t do that within 30 days, your file will be permanently erased and there’s no way to get it back.

4: Browse and restore your files
If you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to recover a deleted file or folder in its entirety. If that’s not possible, you might be able to salvage part of a lost file. For example, if you’ve accidentally deleted an important document from your desktop but it hasn’t been emptied from your trash can yet, chances are you can restore at least part of it by right-clicking on its icon and choosing Restore (this trick also works in Windows Explorer). If that doesn’t work, you might want to try recovering entire folders rather than individual files; otherwise, every recovered file will come with a meaningless recoverID tag. Chances are decent that files will be tagged as deleted, too.

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