By Ailsa twitter/ Last Updated September 26, 2022

Why Do You Need Cloud Backup?

  • Are you afraid of accidentally losing the data stored on your hard drive?
  • Are you anxious that there is not enough space locally for backup?
  • Are you panicked that you have lost all local backups due to local accidents?
  • Backup all your data to the cloud offsite, never lose data and recover them from any PC.

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Why delete everything from Google Drive?

Sometimes, you might want to know how to delete everything in your Google Drive, and we listed some reasons to delete all files in Google Drive due to the following situations:

  • Your Google Drive storage full.

  • Encounter a Google Drive sync issue and want to start the sync from scratch, so delete everything in Google Drive.

  • Don’t want to use Google Drive account anymore and switch to another cloud storage.

  • There are no files you want to keep in Google Drive.

  • ...

No matter what reasons make you delete files from Google Drive, it’s not important. And how to delete everything from Google Drive storage matters.

Important: Please ensure everything you need has been backed up to prevent your data from losing.

How to Delete Everything from Google Drive

How to remove everything from Google Drive at once?

Here is an easy way to how to delete everything in Google Drive and the detailed steps are listed below:

1. Sign in to your Google Drive account in the browser and go to My Drive in Google Drive. 

2. Click the blank space and hold your mouse to cover all your Google Drive files and folders (or press Ctrl + A or Shift + A key combination).

2. Now everything from your Google Drive will be selected, and hit the Delete icon on the top right corner.

Delete Everything From Google Drive

It will delete everything from Google Drive at once, just try it.

Permenantly Delete all Google Drive files at once

After deleting everything from Google Drive, all your files will be saved in Trash Bin. If you want to delete them permanently, just try the following steps:

1. Click Trash in your Google Drive after logging in.

2. Press the Empty trash button on the top right corner, then hit Delete forever.

Delete Google Drive Files Forever

Tips: You could right-click the file or folder, and select the Delete forever option, then the selected file or folder will be deleted permanently. To delete all Google Drive files, just repeat the process for all files or folders.

Delete Single Files Forever

Now, all your Google Drive files will be deleted eternally. And please remind that you cannot restore your Google drive that was permanently deleted.

Besides, if you don’t want to use Google Drive anymore and delete all items in Google Drive, you could delete everything on your Google Drive and the Google Drive account as well to accomplish your goal.

2 Tips for Google Drive delete multiple files or folders

Sometimes, you just want to delete multiple files in Google Drive not all files, here are some tips for you.

Tip 1. Manually select to delete multiple files from Google Drive

1. log in to your Google Drive account, then press the Ctrl key and click the files you want to remove from Google Drive.

2. Right-click the selected files and choose Remove.

Remove Multiple Files in Google Drive

You will remove multiple items in Google Drive. Or you could use the Shift key in step 1 and select the files to delete.

Tip 2. Try Google Drive Search to Delete specified file types

Here we will show you how to delete all Google Drive folders and delete all documents in Google Drive respectively. And you could also delete other file types accordingly.

Delete all documents in Google Drive

1. Log into your Google Drive account, then click the Google Drive Search box and select Documents from the dropdown menu.

Select Documents

2. It will show you all documents in Google Drive, and select them all, and right-click them, choose Remove.

Remove All Documents

3. Then Google Drive will delete all documents.

Delete all Google Drive folders

To clear all your Google Drive folders, you could follow here:

1. Please go to your Google Drive webpage after logging in.

2. Click Google Drive Search box and choose More search tools

Google More Search Tools

3. Select Folders in the Type section, and other settings you could configure as you want, click Search.

Choose Folder Type

4. All your Google Drive folders will be listed, select them all, and right-click to choose Remove.

Remove All Google Drive Folders

Now, all your Google Drive folders have been deleted with a success.

Can’t delete Google Drive files or folders?

However, there is a chance that you cannot delete some Google Drive files or folders, and here will show you the reasons and the solutions.

Reasons to you cannot delete some Google Drive files or folders:

  • Files are shared.

  • Files are owned by others.

  • Protected file or folder.

Solutions to cannot delete Google Drive files or folders:

Protect your critical data on Google Drive in advance

Please ensure back up all your critical data before completely deleting everything from Google Drive to prevent your data from losing. If you haven’t backed up the important data, it’s highly recommended to try the free cloud backup service - CBackup.

CBackup is capable of backing up cloud to another cloud, syncing files from one cloud to another easily without downloading and re-uploading. Therefore, you could use it to backup Google Drive to another cloud, like Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.

Here is how to backup Google Drive to OneDrive for example:

Add Google Drive and OneDrive to CBackup

1. Please download and install the CBackup desktop app, then create a free CBackup account and sign in.

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2. Click My Storage > Add Clouds, then choose Google Drive, click Add, then follow the on-screen guide to grant access to CBackup.

Add Google Drive

3. Then customize the Cloud name, Storage path and tick the Note option, then hit OK.

Complete Google Drive Info

Repeat the process to add OneDrive to CBackup.

Backup Google Drive to OneDrive easily

After adding Google Drive and OneDrive to CBackup, just follow the steps below to backup Google Drive to OneDrive before deleting everything from Google Drive.

1. Click Backup on the left panel > Backup Public Cloud to Public Cloud in turn.

Backup Public Cloud to Public Cloud

2. Select Google Drive as the source, and tick OneDrive as the destination.

Start Backup Google Drive to OneDrive

3. Press the Start Backup button to backup Google Drive to OneDrive easily and quickly.

★Tips: Before starting backup, there are some features you could configure:
Scheduler helps you to backup files automatically, you could set to backup daily, weekly, monthly or one time only, save your time to prevent you from repeating the same process.
Enable Email Notification and you will get the email alert after the backup or restoration is completed.
File Filter helps you to backup the files you like or exclude the file types you don’t want to back up.

Schedule Backup

Besides, you could sync Google Drive to OneDrive, Dropbox to transfer files directly within minutes. And you should know, that the synced data can be used directly and the backup file should be restored to use. Moreover, cloud to cloud backup provides the version history for you to see the changes every time it is backed up.

Increase Google Drive storage space for free

If you delete everything from Google Drive due to the Google Drive storage being full, CBackup also can help you out of this trouble. CBackup could merge multiple Google Drive accounts to get more google Drive free cloud storage space, and it’s easy to operate, here it is:

1. Add multiple Google Drive accounts to CBackup according to the above steps.

2. click My Storage > + Add Combined Cloud.

My Storage New Combined Cloud

3. Tick all Google Drive accounts, and click Next > Combine.

Combine Clouds

Now your Google drive storage space has been increased successfully, and you could backup files to the Google combined cloud with CBackup by clicking the Backup tab and then Backup PC to Combined Cloud.

Backup PC to Combined Cloud

Besides, CBackup has other features that you may want to try to fulfill your demands for data protection:

  • Backup files to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, CBackup Cloud, and the combined cloud.

  • Provides the 10GB free cloud storage space of CBackup Cloud.

  • Restore files to the original location or new location as you want.

  • Sync files to mainstream clouds, like OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

The Epilogue

How to delete everything from Google Drive at once? Just find the easiest way to clear all items in Google Drive and then follow the tips to delete specified file types efficiently. Please ensure you have backed up important Google Drive files to another cloud, and use CBackup to increase Google Drive storage space for free if your Google Drive storage full.

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