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Deleted photos keep coming back!

“I've recently noticed that my Google Drive deleted files keep coming back on Windows PC 10 for no reason. It's annoying because I delete them for the second time, and they come back again. I also ‘Empty Trash’ every time! I know it has something to do with the cloud backup, but don't know if there is a way to fix this silly problem. Do you guys know what should I do?”

Why deleted files reappear?

Google Drive users will free up cloud storage space by deleting files from Google Drive or delete unnecessary files directly. But not all data can be permanently deleted successfully. It is possible that you thought you deleted the data correctly, but after a period of time, you find that the Google Drive deleted files reappear.

In most cases, it may be because there are shared collaboration folders in the files you deleted, and these files may reappear after deletion. Besides, if you directly delete a certain folder, the files under that folder may not be deleted, they still exist in Google Drive. The accumulation of website cache and the delayed response of the server may also cause Google Drive to fail to format files correctly.

How to fix the deleted files keep coming back issue?

Please go through this section to learn how to fix Google Drive deleted files keep reappearing in 4 effective methods.

Method 1. Clear the browser cache

First of all, we recommend that you regularly clean up the cache and data of your browser. When they accumulate too much, it may affect the normal operation of some websites, and Google Drive websites will also be affected by it and fail to format files correctly.

Step 1. Go to the Google Chrome of your computer.

Step 2. Click the menu (the three-dot icon), and then click More Tools > Clear browsing data...

Clear Browsing Data

Step 3. Under the Basic tab, select All time in the Time range, and check the Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files. Click CLEAR DATA in the end.

Browser Clear Data

Method 2. Use another browser

If the Google Drive deleted files keep reappearing on Google Chrome, you can try other browsers to delete the files. Among the many browsers, the UR browser is a preferred choice, which is built on the chromium engine and is a privacy-oriented browser, its built-in ad blocker, phishing, and tracking protection also improve stability and reliability. Of course, you can try any convenient browser.

Method 3. Delete Google Drive files on other devices

You can also try to delete files on another device. How to delete Google Drive files from Android, iOS, and computer? We provide you with specific steps here.

On Android:

Step 1. Open the Google Drive app on your device and log in. Press the folder icon located at the bottom of the screen, you can view a list of all files here.

Step 2. Beside the file you want to delete, click more (three dots icon) and then click Delete.

Step 3. Then click the menu icon on the main page to enter the Bin/Trash page, select the deleted files and click Delete forever.

Delete Forever From Mobile Devices

On iOS:

The method of deleting Google Drive files on iPhone and iPad is the same as on Android, you only need to follow the above steps.

On PC:

Step 1. Go to and sign in with your Google Drive account, then click List View on the upper right corner.

Google Drive Remove Duplicates

Step 2. Now, all your files are listed here. Then select the files to be deleted, right-click them and click Remove or click the Remove icon in the upper right corner to delete all selected files immediately.

Remove Google Drive Files

Step 3. Click Trash in the taskbar on the left, and confirm there are no files you want to keep, then right-click on them to select Delete forever or click the Empty trash icon at the top right.

Delete Forever on Google Drive Trash

Method 4. Delete Google Drive shared files correctly

If you want to delete shared files or folders, you can follow the steps provided to remove them correctly.

Step 1. Click Shared with me in the taskbar on the left.

Step 2. Right-click on the file you need to delete and select Remove.

Remove Shared Files

How to delete Google Drive files permanently?

When you remove Google Drive files, they remain in the Trash/Bin for 60 days and are automatically permanently removed for more than 60 days. If you don't want these files to take up Google Drive storage in the Trash/Bin, Method 3 also provides how to manually delete files on Android, iOS, and computers permanently.

If Google Drive empty trash not working, you can click to see how to fix it, or use the method provided to empty all Google Drive trash at once with emptyTrash page.

Bonus tip: use other cloud backup services to protect data

There may be more complex reasons for the deleted files to keep coming backup of Google Drive, and if you find that the problem has not been fixed after trying the above methods, you may need to devote more energy to seeking the help of a professional team. However, switching directly to another service to back up your data can save time and effort.

Many stable and useful cloud services on the market that can replace Google Drive, and if you need to store data, Windows users can choose OneDrive, Mac users can choose iCloud, and CBackupper is the right choice if you need an online backup service that protects your data more securely.

CBackupper Main Page

CBackupper is a professional and reliable cloud backup software that provides more backup space at a more affordable price: 1000GB ($6/month, $60/year), so you can protect more important data on the AOMEI cloud. CBackupper also provides professional backup method settings to make it easy for you to manage backup and restore tasks. Let’s learn how to back up your data to the cloud.

Step 1. Download and install the CBackupper app to the desktop, register for a CBackupper account, and login.

Sign In

Step 2. Click New Task under the Tasks tab.

Create Task

Step 3. Click Add source, select the files or folders that need to be backed up on the local disk, and check them, then click OK.

Select Source

Step 4. Confirm your backup source and destination, click Start Backup and your data will be safely backed up to AOMEI Cloud.

Start Backup

Final thoughts

If you meet the “Google Drive deleted files keep coming back” issue, you can try the above 4 methods to fix it. If your Google Drive issue is really hard to solve, switch to another service to back up your data, and CBackupper is a great choice for users with large amounts of data, which can protect your data professionally in the cloud and provide 1,000GB of cloud storage, affordable and secure.