How To Recover Deleted Google Docs

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to recover deleted Google Docs documents.

How To Recover Deleted Google Docs

Accidentally deleting a Google Doc can be a stressful experience. Fortunately, Google Docs keeps your deleted files in a Trash folder for 30 days before permanently deleting them. Google Drive provides an easy way to recover deleted documents.

Do note, however, that you can only restore files that you are the owner of. If you want access to a deleted file from another owner, you will have to ask the owner of that file to restore it using their account.

In this guide, we will explain how to recover deleted Google Docs documents. We’ll teach you how to find documents you’ve deleted and how to restore them.

How to Restore Deleted Files in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to restore deleted files in Google Docs.

Step 1

Click on File > Move to trash to delete the current document.

Step 2

If you wish to undo this action, click on the “Take out of trash” option.

Step 3

If you would like to recover files deleted within the past 30 days, head to the Google Drive homepage. In the left-hand panel, click on the Trash option.

Step 4

Look for the file you want to recover. Right-click on the file and select the Restore option.

Your file should now be found in its original location prior to its deletion. If the location no longer exists, you should be able to find your file in the My Drive location.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to recover deleted Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!