How to Recover Deleted Files from Google Drive

Accidentally deleted a file that you needed from Google Drive? Wanna get back the important file that suddenly disappeared from Google Drive? Here’s the easiest way for how to restore deleted files from Google Drive. Don’t miss it!

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 22, 2020
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As one of the most popular cloud storage services, Google Drive is a great option for people who enjoy cloud storage both for personal use and business with the 15GB free storage. Many of us have gone to move or adjust a file in Google Drive, only to accidentally press the delete button – triggering a moment of panic as we desperately hope that the file isn’t lost forever.

Thankfully, there’s a very easy method for how to recover deleted files from Google Drive, and we’re going to walk you through the process for Google Drive.

How to Recover Recently Deleted Files from Google Drive

Method 1. Google Drive Recover Deleted Files on Web

Step 1Open the Google Drive website on your computer > Sign in with your Google Drive account.

Step 2Select the ‘Bin/Trash’ option from the control panel >  Right-click on the file or folder that you want to restore > Select the ‘Restore’ option.

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files on Web

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files on Web

Step 3Then the file would be restored to your Google Drive.

Method 2. Google Drive Recover Deleted Files on Mobile

The method for how to recover deleted files from Google Drive on Android and iDevice is just as straightforward as the method for web recovery. Here’s our simple two-step guide:

Step 1 On the Google Drive app, select the menu option in the top left > Select the ‘Trash’ option.

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files on Mobile - Step 1

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files on Mobile – Step 1

Step 2 On the file or folder that you want to recover, select ‘…’ button  > Select the option to ‘Restore’.

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files on Mobile - Step 2

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files on Mobile – Step 2

How to Recover  Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive

If you have deleted the file and clean the bin of your Google Drive, it is quite hard for you to get files back. However, there are still two ways to help you out.

Method 3. Google Drive Recover Deleted Files via Google Drive Support

If you are the owner of the missed file or folder, you can seek help from Google  Drive Support to help you restore permanently deleted files.

Step 1 Click Help in your Google Drive > Click on “BROWSE ALL ARTICLES” to enter the page of Google  Drive Help.

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files via Google Drive Support - Step 1

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files via Google Drive Support – Step 1

Step 2 Click Contact us on the top right corner > Choose “Missing or deleted files” option > Choose Email support.

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files via Google Drive Support - Step 2

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files via Google Drive Support – Step 2

Step 3 Fill in the related information > Click “SUBMIT” to send your request.

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files via Google Drive Support - Step 3

Google Drive Recover Deleted Files via Google Drive Support – Step 3

Method 4. Google Drive Recover Deleted Files via Contact the Administrator

If your Google account isn’t a personal account that is connected with a certain company, group, you can ask the administrator to restore the deleted files.

One thing you have to know is that the administrator can only recover the files that are deleted within 25 days.

Conclusion

Thinking that you’ve accidentally deleted a file that you need can be agonizing, especially if you’re not 100% sure how to recover it without further problems occurring. With our handy guide for how to recover deleted files from Google Drive, you’ll never have to worry about restoring deleted files again.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.