The usefulness of the apps in Google Drive could lead you to a point where you are creating and storing many files within your Google Drive. Even with the considerable amount of storage space that you are given for free with your Google account, you may eventually need to delete some of those files to free up some space.
But it’s possible to delete files that you want to keep accidentally, which could make you wonder how to get them back. Provided that Google Drive has not automatically purged that file from your trash, recovering a file from there can be accomplished. Our guide below will show you how.
How to Restore a File to Google Drive from the Trash
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Edge.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com.
Step 2: Select the Trash tab at the left side.
Step 3: Click once on the file that you wish to recover.
Step 4: Click the Restore from trash button at the top-right of the window.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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