How to Empty Trash on Android Phone [Complete Guide]

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How to Empty Trash on Android Phone [Complete Guide]

If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of files and data stored on your Android phone. And just like your computer, sometimes you need to clean out the trash to free up space.

Luckily, it’s easy to do! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to empty trash on Android in just a few simple steps

How to Empty Trash on Android

How to Empty Trash on Android

If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of garbage accumulated on your Android device. While some of it may be important, a lot of it is likely just junk that you no longer need. So how do you get rid of it all?

The good news is that there’s a built-in way to empty the trash on your Android device. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

  • Open the Settings app on your device.
  • Tap on the Storage option.
  • Tap on the Files option.
  • Tap on the Empty Trash option.
  • Confirm that you want to delete all items in the trash.

And that’s it! Once you’ve followed these steps, all of the junk that was taking up space on your device will be gone for good.

How to Permanently Delete Files on Android

Whether you’re selling your Android phone, giving it to a friend, or just trying to clean up some space on your device, you’ll probably want to know how to permanently delete files.

While you can usually delete files through your phone’s Settings app, this only removes the reference to the file from the system – the file itself is still stored on your device.

To truly delete a file, you need to use a special tool that overwrites the file with random data.

There are a few different ways to do this, but we recommend using a free app called Secure Eraser. This app makes it easy to securely delete any file on your Android device, ensuring that it can never be recovered.

To get started, download Secure Eraser from the Google Play Store. Once it’s installed, open the app and grant it permission to access your device’s storage.

Then, tap the “Select Files” button and choose the files you want to delete. Finally, tap the “Erase Selected” button and confirm that you want to delete the files.

Secure Eraser will now overwrite the selected files with random data, making them impossible to recover. Once it’s finished, they’ll be permanently deleted from your computer, most Android devices have a trash can that stores files that you’ve deleted. To access it, open the Files app and tap on the “Trash” option in the sidebar.

If there are any files in the trash that you no longer need, tap on the “Empty trash” button to delete them permanently.

How to Free Up Space on Your Android Device

If your Android device is running low on storage space, one of the first places you can look to free up some space is the trash. Just like on your computer, your Android device has a trash folder (sometimes called the recycle bin) where deleted files go. And just like on your computer, you can empty this folder to free up some space.

To empty the trash on your Android device, open the Files app and tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner. From there, select “Trash” from the menu. This will open the trash folder where you will see all of the files that have been deleted from your device. To delete these files permanently and free up space, tap on the “Empty trash” button at the bottom of the screen.

How to Automatically Delete Old Files on Android

Do you have too many files on your Android device? If you’re running out of storage space, you can automatically delete old files to make room for new ones. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings > Storage.
  • Tap on the menu button in the top-right corner.
  • Select “Storage management.”
  • Under “Storage used,” tap “Change.”
  • Select “Delete old files.”
  • You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to delete the files. Tap “OK.”

Your device will now automatically delete old files when it starts to run out of storage space.


Emptying your Android trash bin is a quick and easy way to free up some extra space on your phone. Just remember that once you empty the trash, you can’t get those files back, so make sure you really don’t need them before you hit that “Empty Trash” button!

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