[Complete Tutorial] How to Empty Trash on Android

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Aug 18, 2022 (Updated: Aug 18, 2022) • Filed to: Android Recovery

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It is common that after using your Android phone for a few months, you might witness slow performance with almost fully occupied storage space. The months of use have made your phone filled with a lot of apps and other data that are now causing storage or performance troubles. Once it happens, you might quickly look for the trash can to free up space just like you get with Windows or Mac.

However, emptying Android trash does not work like emptying Windows/Mac trash. You have to do some extra steps to delete all the unwanted data. Therefore, this article will talk deeply about how to empty trash on Android effectively.

how to empty trash on Android

Part 1. Where Is the Trash Can on My Android

Unfortunately, there is no trash can on an Android device where all the deleted data from multiple apps is stored temporarily. Most of the Android apps come with their own trash cans. Apps like File Manager, Google Photos, Google Drive, Gallery, and similar others have their own dedicated trash cans. So, you have to empty the trash of different apps one by one. Let's now discuss how to delete trash on Android for different apps.

Part 2. How to Empty Trash in Apps on Android

The apps such as Gallery and Notes have a separate Trash folder where the recently deleted files are temporarily stored, usually for 30 days period. But you can easily empty those trash before the 30-day auto-deletion period.

Follow the below steps to empty trash from the Gallery app:

Open the Gallery app on your Android phone.

Go to the Albums tab.

Scroll down and tap Trash bin.

Tap the Empty button and then re-confirm your choice.

empty Gallery trash

Once done, all the recently deleted photos and videos from Gallery will be deleted permanently.

Now follow the below steps to empty trash from the Notes app:

Open the Notes app on your Android phone.

Tap the 3-dots icon from the top right corner and then tap Trash.

Tap the Empty option and then re-confirm your choice.

empty Notes trash

This way, the trash can of Notes will be emptied. The above steps might vary depending on your Android phone model, but should be following the above general steps pattern.

Part 3. How to Empty Trash in Google on Android

Google Photos and Google Drive both have a trash folder. So, you can empty their trash to free up storage in both of them.

Follow the below steps to empty trash on Google Photos:

Open the Google Photos app on your Android phone.

Tap Library from the bottom menu bar and then tap Trash.

Tap the 3-dots icon located at the top right side and then tap Empty Trash.

empty trash in Google Photos

Follow the below steps to empty trash on Google Drive:

Open the Google Drive app on your Android phone.

Tap the 3-verticle lines icon located at the top left side and then tap Trash.

Tap the 3-dots icon located at the top right side and then tap Empty Trash.

empty trash in Google Drive

This way, you can easily empty trash on both Google Photos and Google Drive.

Part 4. Other Methods to Empty Trash Files on Android

Other than emptying the trash can of apps, there are also other methods to empty trash files on Android.

1. Clear Cache

You can clear the cache of a specific app or clear all cache on your Android phone. Follow the below steps to clear the cache of an app:

Open the Settings app on your Android phone and tap on the Apps option.

Select one of the apps from the list.

Tap Storage and then tap Clear Cache.

clear app cache on Android

This way, the cache of the app will be deleted. However, if you want to clear all cache at once, then follow the below steps:

Open the Settings app on your Android phone and tap on the Storage option.

Tap Cache data and then clear all cached data.

clear all cache on Android

This way, all the cached data in your Android phone will be deleted.

2. Delete Downloaded Files

Most of the time we keep downloading files from the internet, but never delete the unwanted ones. So, this makes the size of the Downloads folder massive. Therefore, you should visit the Downloads folder on your Android phone and delete some files that you no longer need. Follow the below steps to learn how to empty trash on Samsung phone by deleting the downloaded files:

Go to the File Explorer app on your Android phone.

Tap the Downloads folder.

delete downloaded files

Select the files you no longer need and then tap the Delete button.

This way, all the selected files will be deleted.

3. Use Smart Storage Manager

Most Android phones have Smart Storage Manager to help you optimize your phone storage. So, follow the below steps to use Smart Storage Manager to empty trash:

Open the Settings app on your Android phone and tap on the Storage option.

From there, tap the Free up storage option or your phone's model-specific Smart Storage Manager.

Follow the on-screen instructions to clear duplicate or other trash data from your phone.

use Smart Storsgr Manager to empty trash on Android

This way, you can delete unwanted and duplicate data within minutes.

Bonus: How to Recover Deleted Files on Android (No Backup)

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Follow the below steps to use iSeeker for Android to recover lost data on Android:

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Conclusion

No matter how large your phone's storage space is, the growing size of apps and the continuous downloading of data from the internet, phone storage space always seems less. So, follow the instructions provided in this article on how to empty trash on Android effectively. It will take some time to empty trash because different apps have their own dedicated trash, but you will eventually restore a lot of storage space.

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