2 Ways to Delete Files on Google Drive on Cellphones and Laptops


How to delete files on Google Drive is actually very easy and easy simple. If you are used to using Google Drive, you will know that Google only provides 15GB of storage space for the free version.

Meanwhile, if you want more capacity, you have to upgrade to the paid version.

Therefore, if you want to use the free but storage to stay safe, we need to delete files that are otherwise insignificant and rarely used.

How to Delete Files in Google Drive

Google Drive can store various types of files, such as photos, videos, documents and more.

For documents, maybe 15GB capacity can fit a lot. But what about high-quality videos or photos? Of course 15GB feels very little.

To delete files, it can be done via a computer or an Android and Iphone cellphone.

Delete files in Google Drive via PC

  • Sign in using your Google Drive account.
  • After that sort the files from the largest size. How to click on the Storage.
  • Press CTRL on the keyboard and select the file you want to delete.

  • If so, click the trash icon at the top.
  • Now the selected file has been deleted. But not completely erased.
  • To delete permanently, click menu Trash/Trash.
  • CTRL+A for men-select all files.
  • Right click and select Delete Forever.
select all files
  • Then a pop up will appear, confirm by clicking Delete Forever.
select delete forever

Notes: Starting October 13, all files will be automatically permanently deleted after being in the trash for 30 days

Delete files in Google Drive via Android and Iphone

  • Access the Google Drive application on your Android or Iphone that you usually use.
  • Sort the files first by clicking on the up arrow (⬆).
  • Select used storage if you want to sort from largest size.
  • To delete a single file, tap the three dots on the file and scroll down, then select happy.
  • To delete multiple files, press and hold on a single file. Then select another file that you want to delete.
  • Click icon rubbish or tap three dots in the top right corner then select delete/delete.
  • Just like on a PC, the file has not been completely deleted. To delete completely, click three lines at the top left and select Rubbish.
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Click Three Lines
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Choose Trash
  • As usual, press and hold and select all files.
  • Click the three dots and select Delete Forever.
  • An approval pop up will appear, click delete permanently for confirmation.

Tips for Making the Most of Google Drive Storage

When saving files on Google Drive, we must be smart to organize and manage so that the storage does not fill up quickly.

Here are some tips you can do:

1#. Don’t upload movies

Films with a duration of more than one hour certainly have a large size. Especially if the quality is HD and above.

If you use Google Drive for work, you should avoid uploading movies to that Google Drive.

2#. Setting Google Photo

Google Photo is a photo viewer application from Google that is usually already installed when you first buy an Android phone.

The application will back up photos in the gallery and will use the capacity of Google Drive as storage.

Luckily, Google offers free storage for photos but with a few setup steps.

The method:

  1. Enter the app Google Photo
  2. Tap the Google account at the top right.
  3. Select Photo Settings
  4. Select Backup and Sync
  5. Select Photo size.
  6. Well, here you have to choose High quality if you want free storage.

3#. Empty Trash

As discussed above, deleting a file does not mean that the file will immediately disappear from Google Drive.

The files will go into the trash. Therefore, it is very important to always check the Trash menu and if there are still files, delete them immediately.

That’s an explanation of how to delete files on Google Drive either through a PC or cellphone. Both are easy and fast too.

If you have problems in the process of deleting files, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments column.

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