How to Restore a Deleted Google Workspace User

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Workspace administrators

When you can restore a deleted Google Workspace user

  • You can restore users deleted in the last 20 days.

When you can’t restore a user

  • When you delete a user and 20 days pass, all user data is gone forever and even the Google Workspace support team can’t help you recover it.
  • When the deleted user’s email address has been added to Google Workspace again as a new user, alias, or group. In this case, you need to remove the email address so that it doesn’t exist as a user, alias, or group in Google Admin.

Restoring a user’s data and service access

  • All data owned by the user should get restored within 1 hour, but it can take longer depending on the amount of data to be processed.
  • Access to services usually gets re-enabled right away, and you don’t need to wait.

How to restore a deleted Google Workspace user step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Restore A Deleted Google Workspace User - Step 1

Go to the Admin console and click Users or Manage.

Step 2

How To Restore A Deleted Google Workspace User - Step 2

Click + Add a filter.

Step 3

How To Restore A Deleted Google Workspace User - Step 3

Select Recently deleted.

Step 4

How To Restore A Deleted Google Workspace User - Step 4

Hover over the user in the list of Recently deleted users, then click the Recover button that appears on the right.

Step 5

How To Restore A Deleted Google Workspace User - Step 5

Note that licenses will not be auto-assigned upon restoring unless you have auto-assignment enabled, as shown here.

Restoring the user can take up to 2 hours, and after that, the license auto-assignment may take up to 24 hours.

During that time, the user may not be able to access services.

It’s best to check and make sure that the user has a Google Workspace license assigned. If they don’t, you must assign it manually.


Step 6

How To Restore A Deleted Google Workspace User - Step 6

Select the Organizational Unit to bring the user back to and click RECOVER.

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