In this guide, we’ll cover how to empty the trash for Google Photos and Files by Google, which are two of the popular gallery and file manager apps for this operating system. If you use a different app, check the “Recently Deleted” folder, “Trash,” or similar places to find and .

Clear the Trash in Google Photos

To and videos, first, launch the Google Photos app on your Android phone.

In Photos’ bottom bar, tap “Library.”

Select "Library" at the bottom.

On the “Library” screen, at the top, tap “Trash.”

Choose "Trash."

On the “Trash” page, in the top-right corner, tap the three dots.

Tap the three dots at the top-right corner.

From the three-dot menu, select “Empty Trash.”

Select "Empty Trash."

In the prompt, choose “Allow” to confirm your choice.

Warning: Make sure you’re okay with permanently losing all the items in your trash. You can’t recover them once they’re gone.

Hit "Allow" in the prompt.

And Google Photos will permanently delete everything from the trash. You’re all set.


Empty the Trash in Files by Google

If you as your file manager and you want to clear the trash, first, launch the Files by Google app on your phone.

When the app launches, in the top-left corner, tap the (three horizontal lines).

Access the hamburger menu.

In the menu that opens, select “Trash.”

Choose "Trash" in the menu.

On the “Trash” page, your deleted files are displayed. Here, select all your files by choosing “All Items.” Then, at the bottom, tap “Delete.”

Enable "All Items" and tap "Delete."

In the prompt that opens, choose “Delete.”

Warning: You won’t be able to recover your files once they’re permanently deleted. Make sure you’re okay with that.

Select "Delete" in the prompt.

And you’re done. Files by Google will delete your trashed files for good.


Other Ways to Free Up an Android Phone’s Storage

Emptying the trash is one of the many ways to . You can use other methods to reclaim even more storage space on your phone. These include , (like ), , and .