How to Restore Deleted Google Drive Files or Folders

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

How long do I have to restore files and folders after deleting them

  • 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.
  • Only a Google Workspace administrator can restore them using the admin settings. Admins have 25 days to do this, as shown here.

How to restore deleted Google Drive files and folders step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Restore Deleted Google Drive Files Or Folders - Step 1

Go to Google Drive at and select an item you want to restore. 

Then right-click it and choose Restore.

Step 2

How To Restore Deleted Google Drive Files Or Folders - Step 2

You can select and restore multiple items:

  1. Left-click and hold down the mouse button over empty space.
  2. Drag your cursor to form a rectangle over all items you want to restore.
  3. Release the left mouse button, selecting all items below the rectangle, indicated by the blue highlight.
  4. Right-click and choose Restore.
How To Restore Deleted Google Drive Files Or Folders - Step 3

Alternatively, you can:

  1. Left-click to select the first item you want to restore.
  2. Hold down the SHIFT key.
  3. Left-click to select the last item you wish to restore.
  4. Items in-between are selected as well, indicated by the blue highlight.
  5. Right-click and choose Restore.

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