Google Docs is one of the most popular word processing applications, which means that it offers not only a huge range of tools for comfortable work but also enough storage space for those same documents in the cloud. For those who use Google Docs for the first time, you need to understand that Google Docs is tied to Google Drive and uses it to store all your documents.
And since storage is shared, you should keep in mind that Google Drive allows you to use 15 GB of storage by default. If you need more space, you’ll have to pay a monthly fee, depending on the plan you choose. But if you don’t like it, there is only one way out – to free up space on the Drive manually from time to time.
You can use Google Docs trash for this. But in order to have access to permanently delete files from your Google Drive, you must be logged in. And then, instead of just putting files in the trash, you can delete everything you don’t need right from there forever.
How to free Google Docs trash in fast way
Google Docs trash is where all your Google Docs documents that you deleted go. It is also the place where they are stored for another 30 days in case you change your mind and want to get them back. But only if you don’t delete them right away from the trash. You can perform this procedure through any system and device – Android, iOS, or PC. Below is a guide on how to do this correctly and screenshots will help.
How to free space in Google Docs trash via PC
You can open the Google Docs trash by following just three steps:
- Open your Google Drive account and click on the Trash option in the left pane
- Navigate to the right side and click on Empty bin in the top right corner to delete all the existing files
And that is how to can get access to Google Docs Trash and clean it via PC. But is it possible to delete a single file there? Sure, you are able to do that and choose separate files to delete them forever in the trash. Simply right-click on a file and select Delete forever from the drop-down menu.
In addition, you also can restore a file from Trash by clicking on the Restore option that appears in the drop-down menu.
How to free space in Google Docs trash via mobile device
You can also use Google Docs trash through mobile and it is quite easy via the Google Docs app itself, and even easier than on PC.
Here are the instructions on how to do so:
- Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner
- Make sure you select Bin from the left tab
- If you need to permanently delete a file, simply select the three vertical dots and tap on Delete forever
Unfortunately, it is not possible to empty the entire trash at once, as it is possible on a desktop. You can only permanently delete files manually one by one if you do not have access to a PC or laptop at the time.
Is there a way to clean trash on Google Docs via iOS
If you own iPhone or iPad you are lucky in this case, as you are able to remove all the files from the trash at a time, but it requires the Google Drive app. Here is how you can do it:
- Tap the three-lined menu button at the top left and then select Trash
- If you’re certain you want to remove everything in the folder, including documents, slideshows, spreadsheets, forms, and more, select the three-dotted menu button at the top right
- Choose Empty trash and then confirm with Delete forever
Google Docs is the most wideIf you have recently started using Google Docs, you have probably already noticed its convenience in storing files. After all, they will always be at your fingertips (of course, if you have access to the Internet). This cloud service allows you to edit and work with text documents anywhere and from any device.
But there is a limit to everything, and in this case, this applies to the Google Drive space. In terms of volume, you will only have 15 GB, so don’t forget to periodically clean up your trash can of unnecessary files. You already know how to do this.
Also remember that when you work directly through Google Docs when you delete a file from there, it goes to the trash, which you can only access by going to Google Drive. As already mentioned, Google Drive is connected to Google Docs in both ways. You can delete (or rather, move files to the recycle garbage can) from Google Docs, but you can only permanently delete from the recycle garbage can via Google Drive.