How to delete files from Google Drive permanently | On Android and Desktop

How to delete files from Google Drive permanently | On Android and Desktop

Google Drive is great secured place to store confidential data , files and other media with a limited storage. However, many people may not know how to delete the files which are uploaded to Google Drive. Sometimes, it’s not a good idea to store confidential data as if someone have access to your mobile . So, learn how to delete those files and media from Google drive permanently. You can delete any type of files like apps, documents and videos from Google drive.

 How to delete files from Google Drive permanently? | On Both Android and Desktop

Here is the detailed instruction that helps to delete google drive files forever. You can do this deletion operation for your Android smartphone as well as your computer.

1) Delete files via your android phone.

2) Delete google drive files in your PC.

Steps to Remove Google Drive Files and Folders on using Android App:-

Step-1) : At first open the Google Drive app on your Android device.

Step-2) : Select and open the file or app which you want to delete.

Step-3) : Click on the three dots on the right top side which pops-up a menu.

Step-4) : Select the “Remove” option which is at last of the menu.

google drive remove option in android app

 { Go to method 2 ,if you don’t have “Remove” option}

Step-5) : Now, go back to the main menu and click on the three lines on left top.

Step-6) : Go to “Trash” then you can see the file(s) in those which you’ve removed before.

google drive trash option in android application

Alternative Method to remove google drive files on your Android device:

 If you didn’t get “Removeoption then just follow these below steps :

Step-1:- On the other hand, If you don’t have remove option , then click on “ Show file location”.

show file location in google drive

Step-2:- Then, you can see all files in Google Drive listed.

Step-3:- After that click on three dots option of the file which you want to delete.

list of google drive files in mobile

 Step-4:- Then, you can see the “Remove” option at the bottom of the list.

Click on it and empty the trash as same.

remove option gogle drive android

Steps to Remove Google Drive Files in your Computer/Desktop/PC:-

Delete files in Google Drive forever by using these steps.

Step-1) : Firstly,  open the Google Chrome or any web browser and sign in to your Google account.

Step-2) : Next select the file which you want to remove and click on “Remove” option which looks like “Dust Bin” symbol.

google drive remove file pc/computer dusk bin option

Step-3) : Now , go back and select options tab located on left top side.

google drive bin option

Step-4) : After that you can see the removed files in the trash select the files which you want to delete and click on “Delete Forever” and option which is on left side and the action again.

*Caution : Notably you can’t undo or restore the files after emptying them from trash.

Meanwhile you can also delete shared files on Google Drive.

Just follow these steps.

How to stop sharing files in Google drive?

Here are the steps to follow delete shared files.

Step-1) : You can open the Google drive’s homepage after signing in with your Google account.

Step-2) : Afterwards select the file or folder which has been sharing with some group of people or public.

Step-3) : Then search for “Share”  tab and click on it.

Step-4) : Hereafter you can see an option titled “Advanced” which is right side to share with others.

Step-5) : Next delete the person to whom you don’t want to share the file.

And don’t forget to click on “Save changes”.

See Also…

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