By Nicky twitter/ Last Updated June 30, 2021

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Can I delete files from Google Drive after uploading?

“There are many duplicate photos in my Google Drive that take too much storage space! Can I delete files from Google Drive after uploading? If I can, please tell me how to do it easily. Any kindly answer will be appreciated!”

Delete Files from Google Drive

Why users want to delete files from Google Drive?

Actually, the main reason for people deleting files from Google Drive is to free up some storage in the cloud drive. As we know, Google Drive provides their users with 15 GB of storage space for free. Compared to Dropbox's 2 GB and Box's 10 GB, 15 GB seems to be a considerable number. However, the 15GB limit includes not only your Google Drive, but also your messages and attachments of your Gmail account, and Google Photos.

In this case, the free storage space will be run out of quickly, especially for the people who back up their files manually and more frequently thus making multiple copies of the same file. Ultimately, if users don’t want to pay for more storage space, they may need to delete some files to make up space for new and more important files.

How to delete files from Google Drive?

If you have so many files that it is becoming difficult to find the important ones or you are running out of free space. You can follow the proper instructions as below to find and delete files from Google Drive and make space in your Google drive.

Method 1. Delete files from Google Drive via the website

The first method we are going to discuss is how to delete files from Google Drive on the computer by accessing the website. The step by step process is given below:

1. Visit the Google Drive official website through a browser and log in to your Google account.

2. You will be able to see all the data files stored in the drive. Select the files which you want to delete. You can either select one file at a time or multiple files to delete them all at once.

Google Drive Remove

Method 2. Delete files from Google Drive via app

Besides the website, users can also delete all files from Google Drive using the mobile app. This method is somehow more convenient as most of the phones come with inbuilt Google store apps. Check the steps below, you will learn how to delete all files from Google Drive:

1. Launch Google Drive app on your mobile phone and log in to your Google account.

2. All the stored files will be displayed on the home screen. Select the file or folder you want to delete from the Drive and click on the three-point icon.

Google Drive Mobile App Download

3. When you click on the icon, many options will appear. Select the Remove option from the list and the files will be transferred to the Trash bin.

Google Drive Mobile App Remove

Note: The files will automatically be deleted from the drive after 30 days of inactivity.

How do I permanently delete files from Google Drive?

The selected files will be deleted in some moments and you will have extra space in your drive. Don’t worry in case you accidentally delete any important file because the files are transferred from the main folder to Trash Bin. You will be able to see those files for 30 days before they automatically get deleted from there. Meanwhile, if you want to delete files from Google Drive permanently, you can empty the trash to free up more space.

1. Select Trash in the menu bar on the left side of the page. If you need to empty the trash, you can click the Trash button on the top of the page and then click on Empty Trash.

Trash

Bonus tip: how to get more space in Google Drive?

Actually, if don’t want to free up storage space by deleting files regularly, you can find a way to combine cloud storage and get more cloud storage space. I recommend you use a tool like CBackup to help achieve this goal.

CBackup is a professional and reliable cloud service, which allows you to add cloud drives like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox to combine cloud storage and get more free space on one platform. And after adding, you can run multiple cloud storage accounts at once to get as much free space as you can. To combine cloud storage to get more free space with CBackup, please refer to the following steps:

1. Download CBackup and install it. Create a CBackup account freely and sign in.

2. Click My Storage on the left side, and click + Add Cloud button, then choose Google Drive and hit Add. Then follow the on-screen guide to allow CBackup to access your cloud storage.

Add Cloud

3. After adding, all your accounts are listed here. Click the My Storage + button, you will see a New Combined Cloud option in the menu. Click it.

Add Combined Cloud1

4. Tick the box next to the cloud storage account that you want to combine. After checking, click on Next.

Add Combined Cloud3

5. Then, you will have a Combined Cloud in your clouds list. You can choose the Combined Cloud as the backup destination to enjoy huge backup space.

Add Destination Combined Cloud

Conclusion

It is not hard to see that deleting files from Google Drive is not a difficult job, and you can delete the unimportant or duplicate files to free up space by following the detailed steps below. If you need more backup space in Google Drive without upgrading, you can try to get more space rather than free up space.

To get more free storage space, using CBackup to combine multiple cloud storage accounts is a better way for you. And besides combining cloud storage, CBackup can also help you move files between cloud storage easily and quickly, just can try it.