How to Empty Your Google Drive Trash to Free up Storage Space

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Drive users

How the Google Drive Trash folder works

  • When you delete files and folders in Google Drive, they go to Trash, and you can restore them in the next 30 days. 
  • After that, they get completely removed from your account.

Be careful when emptying your Trash in Google Drive

How to empty your Trash in Google Drive step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Empty Your Google Drive Trash To Free Up Storage Space - Step 1

To remove everything from your trash folder and free up Google Drive storage, go to and select Trash on the left.

Step 2

How To Empty Your Google Drive Trash To Free Up Storage Space - Step 2

Then in the top right, click Empty trash. 

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