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If you are looking to recover or permanently delete your Google Docs documents, you will want to access your Google Docs trash. It’s easy to find that on both desktop and mobile, and we’ll show you how.

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Restore or Delete Documents in Google Docs Trash on Desktop

To access your deleted documents on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the Google Drive site. All your deleted Google Docs are available there.

To start, open a web browser on your computer and launch the Google Drive site. Sign in to your account on the site.

In Drive’s left sidebar, click “Trash.”

On the right pane, all your deleted Google Docs documents will appear. This page also displays the other files you have deleted from your account.

Deleted Google Docs documents.

To restore a document, select that document on the list. Then, in Drive’s top-right corner, click the “Restore From Trash” option (a clock icon).

Tip: To recover or delete multiple documents, select them all on the screen and then choose the appropriate option.

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To delete a document for good and free up some space, select that document. Then, in Drive’s top-right corner, click “Delete Forever” (a trash can icon).

And that’s it. Your selected files are now deleted or recovered, depending on what option you chose.

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Restore or Delete Documents in Google Docs Trash on Mobile

If you are on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use the Google Docs app to find your Docs recycle bin.

To start, launch the Google Docs app on your phone. In the app’s top-left corner, tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).

Open the hamburger menu.

In the menu that opens, tap “Trash.”

Tap "Trash" in the hamburger menu.

On the “Trash” screen, you will see all your deleted Google Docs documents.

Deleted Google Docs documents.

To recover or delete a document, next to that document’s name, tap the three dots.

Tap the three dots for a document.

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A menu will pop up from the bottom of your phone’s screen. To recover the selected document, tap “Restore” in this menu. To delete the selected document for good, tap “Delete Forever” in the menu.

Restore or permanently delete a document.

You are all set.


Did you know you can even delete version history in Google Docs? Check out our guide to learn how to do that.

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