Restore Deleted File On Google Drive

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 8, 2012


Google Drive has been recently launched, we have already written some tips on google drive on this blog, recently one of our blog readers started using google drive and during initial testing he deleted a file he had stored in google drive, now he wants to know – as per his questions exactly “How Can I Get Back The Deleted File On Google Drive”.

Restore Deleted File On Google Drive

It could happen to you as well when you realize that you have accidently deleted a useful or important file and you want it back, so it better that you use the google drive desktop app for windows from this page and sync all google drive files to your PC.

Related Reading – Access Google Drive Files On PC Not Connected To Internet

Please Note: Before you proceed, you should know that anything permanently deleted from google drive cannot be recovered that means if you have deleted a file from trash you can’t get it back, if you deleted a file on your desktop or PC and synced with google drive, the deleted file will be moved to trash folder, from where you can still retrieve it.

Recover Deleted File or Document In Google Drive Online

Firstly, If you can’t find an item in All items, Trash, or by searching, it may have been permanently removed from Google Drive or deleted by someone else.

Anything that has been permanently deleted from Google Drive by the owner, or if the owner’s account was deleted, can’t be recovered. It’s also not possible to recover anything in Google Drive after a Google Apps domain administrator deletes someone’s account.

Tips to find items in your Google Drive

If you can’t find an item in your Google Drive, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the owner deleted it. Try searching for an item in the following ways:

  • Check different Google Drive views and sorting options, such as All items, Trash and Owned by me.
  • Search your Google Drive. Try this option if you’re confident that you know a good search phrase since Google Drive search doesn’t allow partial matches and won’t show results if a word is misspelled or if the search terms are too specific and doesn’t allow partial matches.
  • Check your email history for a sharing notification or link to the item, if you don’t own the doc or file. It’s possible that you unsubscribed from that item in your Google Drive.
  • Complete the Missing Documents Troubleshooter.
Restore items from the Trash that haven’t been permanently deleted

If the owner of a doc or file moved it to the trash, and the trash hasn’t been emptied, it’s possible for the owner to recover the doc or file.

  1. Go to
  2. Click Trash in the left navigation.
  3. Locate the item you’d like to move back to Google Drive, and check the box next to the title.
  4. Click the More drop-down menu.
  5. Select Restore from trash. This will restore the item back to the owner’s Google Drive, as well as to any collaborator’s Google Drive.

Viewers, commenters, and editors aren’t able to recover anything, as they don’t have the ability to to trash or permanently delete items that they don’t own. Contact the owner to regain access to an item or to ask them if they’re able to recover an item from the trash.

If you’ve received a violation notice in error, you can submit an appeal of the violation report.

When something in your Google Drive is either in violation of Google’s Terms of Service or program policies or attached to a disabled Google Account, you’ll see a violation notice instead of the Google Doc or file itself. This notice appears regardless of whether you own the Google Doc or file or someone else shared it with you. In order to reverse the violation on something before it’s permanently removed, submit an appeal of the violation report or fix your disabled account.

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