How To Recover Files in Google Drive Trash (Mac Users)

Delete a file stored on Google Drive on your Mac and it’s not in the Recycle Bin and Cmd + Z does not restore the file? No problem.

This tutorial will show Mac users with Google Drive installed how to access Google Drive Trash to recover Google Drive files that were deleted on a Mac, but not in the Mac Recycle Bin.

Note: Folders or Files in Google Drive Trash are deleted after 30 days.

Software Used:
Google Workspace Drive (Click To Try or Buy)

Keyboard Shortcut:
Delete Folders on Files on Mac: Cmd + Delete

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  1. Open Finder on Mac
  2. Select ‘Google Drive’ directory
  3. Navigate to a folder or file 
  4. Drag to the Mac Recycle Bin or use ‘Cmd + Delete’ to delete the file/folder
  5. Note: The deleted files on Google Drive will be in the Mac Recycle Bin

How To Restore Deleted Files in Google Drive Trash:

  1. Open a web browser (Google Chrome, etc)
  2. Be signed in to your Google Account
  3. Click on the 9 squares and then ‘Google Drive’
  4. Or go to to open Google Drive
  5. Select ‘Trash’ in the left sidebar
  6. Use the search option or browse and locate deleted folders or files
  7. Right-click on the item and select ‘Restore’
  8. The file or folder will be restored to its original location in Google Drive