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Delete Imported Files from Google Drive: Easy Steps

Jason Gong
App automation expert
Apps used
Google Sheets
April 15, 2024

To remove import files from Google Drive, navigate to, select the file, and click 'Remove'. On Android, use the Google Drive app to find the file, tap 'More', then 'Remove'. Permanently delete by emptying the trash or selecting 'Delete forever'.

Regularly cleaning your Google Drive helps in organizing and freeing up space.

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How to Delete Files from Google Drive

Managing your Google Drive effectively involves knowing how to delete files you no longer need. This can help free up space and keep your Drive organized. Whether you're using a computer, Android device, or looking for ways to clean up your Google Drive, here are the steps and tips to help you.

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How to Delete Files in Google Drive

Deleting files from Google Drive is straightforward. Here's how you can do it on different devices:

  • On a computer, navigate to, click on the file you want to delete, and then click the 'Remove' button.
  • On an Android device, open the Google Drive app, tap 'Files' at the bottom right, find the file you want to delete, tap 'More' (three dots), and then tap 'Remove'.

Remember, removing a file sends it to the trash, where it stays for 30 days before being permanently deleted.

Delete Google Drive Files Permanently

To permanently delete files from Google Drive:

  • On a computer, go to, click 'Trash' on the left, select the files you want to delete forever, and click 'Empty trash' or 'Delete forever' for individual files.
  • On Android, tap 'Menu' (three lines), go to 'Trash', select the files, tap 'More' (three dots), and then 'Delete forever'.

Permanently deleted files cannot be recovered, so make sure you won't need the files before deleting them.

Clean Up Google Drive

To manage and clean up your Google Drive storage effectively:

  • Use the Storage Manager on Google One to review and delete large or unnecessary files.
  • Check your storage usage and clear space by permanently deleting files in the trash or transferring ownership of files you don't need.
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Recover Deleted Files in Google Drive

If you've accidentally deleted a file, you may be able to restore it:

  • On a computer, go to, right-click the file you want to recover, and click 'Restore'.
  • On Android, open the Google Drive app, go to 'Trash', tap 'More' (three dots) next to the file, and then tap 'Restore'.

Files in the trash can be restored within 30 days of deletion. After that, they are permanently deleted.

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By following these steps, you can effectively manage your Google Drive by deleting unnecessary files, freeing up storage space, and recovering important files when needed.

Automate Google Sheets Tasks with Bardeen

While manually removing imported files from your Google Drive and organizing them in Google Sheets is doable, automating this process can significantly enhance your efficiency and accuracy. Automation with Bardeen not only saves time but also minimizes the risk of human errors, ensuring that your Google Sheets remains well-organized and up-to-date without manual intervention. Automating the cleanup of your Google Drive and the organization of files in Google Sheets can be particularly beneficial for those managing large volumes of data or requiring regular data updates.

Here are some examples of automations you can build using Bardeen's playbooks:

  1. Copy all Github issues to Google Sheets: This playbook streamlines project management by automatically transferring GitHub issues into a Google Sheet, enabling easy tracking and analysis.
  2. Copy all emails from a timeframe to Google Sheets, saving all attachments in Google Drive: Enhance email management by automatically saving emails from a specified timeframe into Google Sheets and uploading any attachments to Google Drive.
  3. Save labeled emails to Google Sheets, including attachments stored on Google Drive: Automatically organize emails by labels in Google Sheets and save attachments to Google Drive, improving document management efficiency.

Explore these automations to streamline your workflow and make the most out of your Google Sheets and Google Drive usage.

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