May 24, 2022
Google Drive to Automatically Delete Trash Files after 30 Days

Google Says it Will No Longer Store Users’ Digital Garbage Indefinitely

Just days ago, Google announced that it will start to automatically delete files moved to the Trash in Google Drive after thirty days…

Starting Tuesday, October 13th, Google will change its storage policies for Google Drive. At least, when it comes to files in the Trash folder. Beginning in mid-October, Google Drive will no longer indefinitely hold trashed files. Instead, Google Drive will automatically and permanently delete everything in the Trash after 30 days. So, users will either have to manually move them out of the folder or opt to leave them to automatic deletion.

Google Drive to Automatically Delete Trash Files after 30 Days

The change isn’t actually new to Google’s many products. Gmail has long automatically deleted files in the Trash after thirty days time. This is just a move to bring a little more consistency across the tech company’s many services. Plus, Google will display a banner that details the change and will also alert users with in-app notifications in Drive, Docs, and Forums.

“Starting October 13, 2020, we’re changing the retention policies for items in the Trash in Google Drive. With this new policy, any file that is put into a 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.”

Ashley Lipman

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