Will “Trash” in Google Docs be automatically deleted?

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Will “Trash” in Google Docs be automatically deleted? – Despite Google Drive’s excellence, there can be problems in accessing the service. You may not be able to clear out storage space, share files, or are unable to access a document. Thankfully, many Google Drive problems are easy to fix. With Google Drive, specifically, whether you’re storing and managing multimedia assets or dealing with documents and spreadsheets, there’s a decent chance you’ll run into some manner of murkiness along the way. We’re going to offer some typical Google Drive troubleshooting tips, then solve some specific Google Drive problems, like Will “Trash” in Google Docs be automatically deleted?, and how to fix it.

Google Support – Trash says:

Anything you remove from Google Drive will be in your Trash until you permanently delete the files or restore them.

However, they are known to be loose with words, and Google’s support documents aren’t meant to be elaborate (read as literal).

Is there more information regarding this issue?

Can we count on items in “Trash” to be still recoverable after a few months/years?

Answer :

No, it will not be.

Thanks for asking in the forum. We don’t currently support an auto-delete function – it’s important that users don’t unintentionally trash files that are important to them. Hope that answers your question.


Also, yes, the deleted documents can be recovered for a limited period of time and only by request.

Google will be able to help you recover a deleted file for a limited time, but after the file has been deleted from Google’s systems, the files are gone forever.

Source (under Recover a deleted file).

However, there are some scripts that can do that. See this question for more information.

As of October 2020, Google Drive trash will be automatically deleted after 30 days https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2020/09/drive-trash-auto-delete-30-days.html.

You can write a script with AutoIt to open Google Drive (Log in if necessary) and empty the trash all automatically. I have done this for myself, and set it up in Tasks to run every day.

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