This in-depth guide shows you multiple methods to access trash and deleted files on your Android device.
Whether you accidentally deleted an important photo or want to recover a file you no longer need, accessing the trash on your Android device allows you to restore anything that may still be salvageable.
Luckily, Android makes it simple to find and restore your deleted content.
Here are the main ways to get to trash on Android.
Open Device Files App
The easiest way to find the trash is through your device’s default Files or File Manager app.
Here are the steps:
- Open the Files/File Manager app on your Android device.
- Look for the hamburger menu icon in the top left and tap it.
- Select Trash or Deleted files from the menu options.
This will open your trash folder containing any recently deleted files.
You can tap and hold files to restore them to their original location.
Use a File Explorer App
If your device doesn’t have a native Files app or you want more control, download a third-party file manager like ES File Explorer, MiXplorer, or Solid Explorer.
These give you more options for finding and recovering deleted files.
To access Trash, open your file explorer app and look for the Deleted files or Trash folder, usually listed on the sidebar or under Browse options. Tap the folder to view the contents.
Can I permanently delete trash contents?
Yes, most file manager apps give you the option to permanently erase files from the trash if you no longer need them. This frees up storage space on your device.
Accessing the trash folder on Android takes just a few taps through your device’s built-in file manager or by downloading a third-party app.
This makes it easy to restore accidentally deleted items. Just remember, the trash is periodically cleared so don’t wait too long!