Finding articles on Google Drive

Find or recover a file from Google Drive

Here are some tips to help you find missing files in Google Drive. Select the situation that matches yours the best.If you deleted something recently using Google Drive or the Google Drive desktop app, you might be able to restore the file yourself.

Restore from your Trash

1.      Using a computer, go to  drive.google.com/drive/trash.

2.      Right-click the file you'd like to recover.

3.      Click  Restore.

Try these steps:

Check the activity panel

1.      Using a computer, go to  drive.google.com.

2.      On the left, click  My Drive.

3.      At the top right, click the info icon.

4.      Scroll down and look for your file.

Try an advanced search

1.      Using a computer, click the search options icon (in the search bar) .

2.      Use the  advanced search options to find your file, like "Type: Spreadsheets."

If the steps above didn't help, consider these special cases:

If someone else created the file

When someone creates a file, they can delete, rename, and restore it. 

Contact the person who created the file to ask to restore the file or share it with you again.

If it was in a folder someone else created

If someone deleted that folder, you won't see that folder in your Drive anymore. To find the file:

1.      Try this advanced search to see a list of files you created that are in deleted folders: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/search?q=is:unorganized%20owner:me.

2.      Try this broader advanced search to see a list of all files that are in deleted folders: https://drive.google.com/drive/search?q=is:unorganized.

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