How to Recover Permanently Deleted Google Docs after 30 Days: Easy and Quick

Zoey Wen
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Google Docs is a cloud-based productivity platform to create, edit, store and collaborate on a document, it is the best free alternative to Microsoft Office Word. It has a lot of useful tools and can be accessed across different systems, which makes Google Docs one of the best word processor.

But what if you deleted a Google Docs by accident and want to get it back? Is it possible to recover a permanently deleted Google Docs after 30 days? You will find all the solutions for deleted Google Docs in our guide.


Can We Recover Deleted Google Docs?

Yes, we can.

For recently deleted Google Docs, Google Drive can keep it in the Trash folder for 30 days, as long as you didn’t click the "Delete Forever" or "Empty trash" button in Google Drive Trash, you can recover it anytime within 30 days of the date of deletion.

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But can we recover deleted Google Docs after 30 days? Luckily, yes. For permanently deleted Google Docs that moved to Trash bin after 30 days, if you have a Google backup, it is super easy to recover the files; if you have other backups or once saved the Google Docs to your computer offline, you can recover it using a data recovery tool; if you don’t have a local or cloud backup, you can even contact Google support to help you restore.


How to Recover Permanently Deleted Google Docs after 30 Days?

You’ve probably already checked guides or videos of how others tried to restore a permanently deleted Google Docs, the solution is not only one and not the same to all, it depends on if you have a backup or not. In this part, we are going to walk you through a step-by-step process to recover a deleted Google docs in 7 ways.

#1 Easy and Quick: Using Cisdem Data Recovery

We possibly once created or edited the Google Docs in local folder before uploading to Google Drive, or backed up the files locally and externally in a hard drive, even the copies were deleted from your device for some time, we can still recover with a data recovery program.

Cisdem Data Recovery for Windows and Mac is a data recovery program to recover permanently deleted files from internal or external hard drive. As long as you once saved a Google Docs on your hard drive, no matter it is on your Mac, Windows, USB drive, SD card or storage devices, Cisdem is able to restore it.

Not only recovering permanently deleted Google Docs, Cisdem Data Recovery can also recover other 1000+ types of files, including Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Photos, videos, audio, archive, email, other photos and so on. It can list the file name and file size, also allows users to preview the files before recovery. Even it can repair a corrupted Google Docs.

Main Features of Cisdem Data Recovery

  • Recover recently and permanently deleted files, formatted and lost files
  • Restore 1000+ types of files: documents, videos, audios, images, archives, ebooks, emails, etc.
  • Recover unsaved and corrupted Office/Google documents
  • Repair damaged photo/video files
  • Recover files from Windows, Mac, SD Card, NAS, Linux, external hard drive
  • Search specific files with filter tool basing on keyword, file size, date created, date modified
  • Preview files before recovery
  • Recover files to local drive or cloud (Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, pCloud, Box)

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Google Docs after 30 Days?

  1. Download and install Cisdem Data Recovery.
    Free Download Windows 11/10/8/7 Free Download macOS 10.9 or later
  2. Go to Hardware Disk, select the hard drive where you deleted the Google Docs and click Search for Lost Data. recover deleted google docs 01
  3. Go to Type > Documents > Docx or Doc to find a permanently deleted Google Docs. Or use the filter tool to find Google Docs faster.recover deleted google docs 02
  4. Preview the Google Docs if it can be opened.
    recover deleted google doc 03
  5. (Optional) If the Google Docs cannot be previewed, it is corrupted, repair it before recovery.recover google docs cisdem 04
  6. Select the files and click Recover.recover google docs cisdem 05


#2 Using Google Drive Backup

If you have created a Google Drive folder on your device to store the files and stopped syncing before deleting the Google Docs, you can restore the permanently deleted Google Docs from this backup.

  1. Find the Google Drive folder on your device.restore from google drive backup01
  2. Locate the deleted Google Docs, then click "+" to upload this file to your Google Drive again.restore from google backup02


#3 Using Google Vault

If you have subscribed Google Vault, you can use your license to recover a deleted Google Docs after 30 days from Google Workspace. It is designed to retain, search and export data from Gmail, Google Drive, Groups and Chat. 

How to Recover Deleted Google Docs after 30 Days from Google Drive?

  1. Visit and sign into.
  2. Go to Matters > Sales Drive Retention > Search.
  3. Choose Drive from the Service list.recover google vault 01
  4. Then fill in information to search deleted Google Docs on your Google Drive, and click Search.recover google vault 02
  5. Browse the found files and download to specified location to restore.


#4 Using File History (on Windows)

There is another way to recover permanently deleted Google Docs on PC, using the backup program File History, it is the Windows built-in program to back up files, it helps to recover permanently deleted files if you have enabled this feature.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Google Docs on Windows

  1. Connect the backup drive to your PC.
  2. Open the Start menu, type "restore files" and hit Enter.
  3. Find the Google docs in the folder where you stored the files.
  4. Click on Restore button to recover permanently deleted Google Docs on Windows.recover google docs on windows


#5 Using Time Machine (on MacOS)

Working the same as File History on PC, Time Machine is used to back up your files on Mac internal disk to an external storage device, once you have set up it, it will back up your files automatically on a fixed schedule, also it can restore a deleted file by offering a backup copy of the deleted file.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Google Docs with Time Machine?

  1. Connect the Time machine backup drive to your Mac.
  2. Go to Applications > Time Machine, launch the program and enter Time Machine. Or just click the icon in menu bar. recover from time machine 01
  3. Go to Documents, find or search to find the deleted Google Docs on your Mac.
  4. Use the Timeline to select a version of the deleted Google Docs, press the Space bar to preview different versions and choose.recover from time machine 02
  5. Then click Restore to recover a permanently deleted Google Docs to your Mac. 


#6 Using Google Drive Support

If you don’t have any backup of the deleted Google Docs, or searched across your cloud storage accounts but found nothing, don’t be upset, Google Drive Help is also an efficient way to go. But you should submit the request without error.

  1. Go to in your web browser.
  2. From Browse help topics, go to Find, delete and recover files in Google Drive > Recover a deleted file in Googe support 01
  3. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Request file support 02
  4. Verify your account.
  5. Provide the answers in the request. You need o choose type as Google Files. Check the consent and click Submit support 03
  6. Check back your Google mailbox to see if the request has been submitted successfully, then wait for the reply.


How to Recover Recently Deleted Google Docs?

If you didn’t empty the trash or manually delete the Google Docs in Trash bin, the deleted Google Docs will be still saved in the Trash folder of Google Drive. To find and recover a recently deleted Google Docs within 30 days, all you need to do is to check out the files in Google Drive Trash bin and restore.

  1. Login into your Google account.
  2. Go to Google Drive by clicking on Drive icon.recover recently deleted google docs 01
  3. Then click on Trash.recover recently deleted google docs 02
  4. Find the recently deleted files in Trash folder, right click on the deleted Google Docs and choose Restore to recover the recently deleted Google Docs.recover recently deleted google docs 03
  5. Go back to My Drive and find the recovered Google Docs.


Extended: Restore Previous Version of Google Docs

With Google Docs, you can also see version history and are allowed to restore the previous version of a Google Docs, the steps are easy as following.

  1. Login into your Google Account.
  2. Go to Google Drive, open a document with Google Docs.
  3. Go to File > Version history > See version previous version 01
  4. Find the version you want to restore, click on the three dots button and choose Restore this previous version 02



It is easy to recover a recently deleted Google Docs, you can restore within Google Drive by putting back files to Trash folder. And it is still possible to recover a permanently deleted Google Docs, as long as you have a backup copy of this file or once saved this file on your Mac, Windows, or other storage device. As you can see, it is always right to back up file in case of any data loss.

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Zoey shows a great interest in what she does. Although not long with Cisdem, she has possessed a professional understanding of data recovery.

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  • Tony G. Theisen

    I submitted a file recovery request to Google support as you explained in this post, Google sent back me the file, it is really useful and thanks for your sharing.

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  • Elmer

    I cannot live without Google Docs, thanks for helping me restore the deleted files after emptying the trash bin, I was trying to get more space. A mistake, but you helped me fix it.

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  • Richard

    My deleted Google Docs were not saved on my computer or any other local storage devices before. Is there any way to restore them after 30 days? Please help me.

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  • Harry

    Whew! Thank you for saving my neck!

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