Google Drive is one of the best and free Cloud storage service, provided by Google LLC. To create backups and to save media from any device as Mobile, Desktop, iPad. Google Drive provides 15 GB of free data storage space. Above all, it supports multiple platforms as Android, iOS, mac OS, Windows and other devices. Further, Deleting Files or media in Google Drive will permanently clear the stored data and backups. Meanwhile In this article you will learn what are the different options. And How to permanently delete files in Google Drive from Mobile and Other devices.
Delete Files in Google Drive:
Google Drive has more than one option to delete files or media. Firstly, Most of us use Google drive to save files and media as a backup, so in future if we loose those files from actual device we can restore them from drive. Secondly, Deleting files in google drive will eliminate the opportunity of restoring backed up files. There wont be any opportunity for restoring, Once files are deleted from Google drive and actual device, unless the files are saved at any other source.
- How to Delete a File from Google Drive from any device?
- Delete Multiple Files in Google Drive from Mobile and PC
- Permanently Delete Files in Google Drive
How to Delete a File?
In Google Drive we can delete single file or folder apart from Bulk delete. Moreover it provides a feature to view a specific file or folder in drive to avoid risk of deleting required or important files. For Instance let us check how to delete a single file from mobile and PC or Desktop:
Steps to Follow: Go to Files Folder and select specific file Click on options icon (3 dots) beside the file or Click on the file or media to view and then click on more options (3 dots). Further, select Remove from the options displayed, which will move the file from actual folder to Trash.
This Option of removing files in Drive does not delete permanently instead performing above activity will move the file from actual Drive to Trash Folder. However there is still a chance for recovering removed files. Further, We will learn how to permanently delete files.
From Desktop or PC:
Open any Browser and type Google Drive or if you are using Chrome, Click on Google Apps and Sign in using your Google Account id. Unlike Mobile Devices where there is an inbuilt app or Account automatically configured with Google drive. To Sum up, for PC or Desktop we must need Google account ID (Gmail id) to sign in.
Steps to Follow: Open Google Drive and click on specific file or folder and right click to view more options. However, selecting Remove option will change the file destination from Drive to Trash folder. Likewise with mobile app there is a chance of recovery even removing file folder from drive.
How to Delete Multiple Files in Google Drive?
You can Bulk delete the files which are not required from Google Drive . This feature of deleting multiple files has both benefit and risk, it reduces time of checking each file and deleting from drive and there is a risk of loosing important media or file if the is no activity of performing a re-check before deleting multiple files.
From Mobile Device: Open the Google Drive app from your Mobile device.
Steps to Follow: Click on Files Folder and then Select any specific file by clicking on it for some time, then you will be able to select multiple files.
In addition, an option for Remove will be displayed after selecting files. Click on Trash/Remove icon to delete the files from folder.
Subsequently, clicking on Undo option above, will add the removed files again to Folder. Before deleting any files from Trash folder, we can restore them to drive or device anytime.
From Desktop or PC: Sign in to Google drive from any browser using Google Account id or Go to Google Apps and select Drive from Chrome.
Steps to Follow: Firstly, Go to Storage from the Menu where all files and folders are displayed. Secondly, Select required files by using Control button from keyboard and Click. Further click on Remove or Trash icon displayed after selecting files.
How to Permanently Delete Files in Google Drive?
Deleting Files Permanently from Google Drive is eliminating the restoring option. Further, to clear unnecessary files permanently and increase the storage space in google drive. Firstly You need to remove files or folders from actual drive as above, then the required files are moved to Trash folder. Secondly, Deleting the files from Trash folder will permanently delete the data or media from Google drive.
In short for the best user experience, Google Drive has Functionality of Trash folder, which works as check point to reduce the risk of loosing any potential media of files.
From Mobile Device: Open Google Drive App from Mobile device and Remove the files from actual drive as shown above.
Steps to Follow: Click on Drive Menu beside Search bar and select Trash Folder. In addition, select options icon (3 dots) beside any specific file or select all required files and click on Options icon (3 dots) and select Delete Forever option to permanently remove the file from Google Drive.
From Desktop or PC: Go to Google Drive from browser or follow the above steps:
Steps to Follow: Click on Trash folder from the menu and select required files to delete and click on delete or Trash icon. Further, A popup asking for Delete Forever will be displayed. Click on Delete Forever to permanently remove the file or folder from Google Drive.
In conclusion, anyone can Restore files when they are in Trash Folder. Once they are deleted from Trash then they are permanently removed from Google Drive. In Certain cases where user saves files from a long time and deletes files by mistake, then reaching out to google drive support could help. However not in all cases and it also depends on Google Server storage to restore permanently deleted files.