Google Drive trash to be automatically deleted after 30 days, beginning Oct. 13

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trash can and crumpled paper with text Google Drive Trash retention policy change

Google has announced that it is changing its retention policies for items in the Trash in Google Drive, starting October 13, 2020. With this new policy, any file that is put into Google Drive trash will be automatically deleted after 30 days. Previously, trashed items would be retained indefinitely until the trash was emptied by the user.

Any files already in a user’s trash on October 13, 2020 will remain there for 30 days. After the 30-day period, files that have been in the trash for longer than 30 days will begin to be automatically deleted.


Library and Technology Services recommends that you:

  • Review the contents of your Google Drive Trash folder before October 13 and restore any files or folders that you’d like to keep.
  • Do not use Trash as an archive. Instead, create Google Drive folders where you can store documents you’d like to save.

LTS offers a number of Google training sessions, including Deep Dive into Google Drive, where you can learn how to manage folders, share and control access to files and folders, and more. Visit to register for this or other Google seminars.

If you have any questions, please contact the LTS Help Desk at (610) 758-4357 or email

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