How To Recover Deleted Google Sheets

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

We’ve all had the experience of deleting a file only to realize later that we still need it, and Google Sheets files are no different. Fortunately, all deleted Google Drive files (including Google Sheets files) are stored for a period of time in the Google Drive Trash before being permanently deleted. This gives users a window of time in which they can restore deleted files. At the time of writing, that window is 30 days but Google may change that in the future.

The process for restoring files is slightly different on different devices. Below are instructions for how to restore deleted files using a desktop browser such as Chrome or FireFox, or using the Google Drive app on a phone or tablet

Recover Deleted Files on a Desktop Computer

If you’re using a desktop computer, here’s how to restore deleted Google Sheets files:

Step 1

Open your browser of choice (eg, Chrome, FireFox, Edge, etc) and navigate to https://drive.google.com/drive/

Step 2

Login to your Google account if you aren’t already logged in

Step 3

In the left navigation pane, click on Trash

Step 4

The Trash will load, displaying all items that have been deleted from your Google Drive but not permanently deleted. At the top should be a banner stating how long deleted files are stored

Step 5

Locate the file you want to recover and right click on the file then choose Restore from the menu

Step 6

Your file will be removed from the trash and returned to the folder it was in before it was deleted

Recover Deleted Files on a Phone or Tablet

If you’re using a device like a phone or tablet, follow these instructions to recover deleted Google Sheets:

Step 1

Open the Google Drive app on your device. If you don’t have it, you can find it on the App Store or Google Play by searching for “Google Drive” and installing the app made by Google

Step 2

Login to your Google account if you aren’t already logged in

Step 3

Click on the three vertical lines in the upper left corner of the screen to open the menu

Step 4

In the menu that appears, click on Trash

Step 5

The Trash will load, displaying all items that have been deleted from your Google Drive but not permanently deleted. At the top should be a banner stating how long deleted files are stored

Step 6

Locate the file you want to recover and tap on the three dots to the right of the filename, then choose Restore from the menu

Step 7

Your file will be removed from the trash and returned to the folder it was in before it was deleted

Summary

In this tutorial, I covered how to recover deleted Google Sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.