Google Drive Trash Retention Reduced by 10,000 Years

Here’s an update you need to keep in mind!

Google has changed its retention policies for files stored in Google Drive trash. Up until October 13, 2020, all trashed files would be retained indefinitely unless users chose to empty their trash manually. Now, however, files placed in Google Drive trash will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

Google Drive's updated retention policy depicted as the Google Drive Trash icon next to a 30-day countdown clock.

It is advisable that G Suite users double-check any deleted files and folders in Google Drive trash before it’s too late. Following the change in retention policies, Google Drive does not retain trashed files beyond 30 days anymore.

According to Google, this change was implemented to match the policies of other G Suite products and services, such as Gmail, to ensure behavior is consistent and predictable for users across all G Suite products.

While admins can still restore deleted files and folders from an active user’s trash for up to 25 days, data loss incidents due to human error and malicious activities are inevitable. Therefore, it’s important that you back up and protect mission-critical data to minimize the negative impacts of data breaches so as to maintain business continuity.

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