In June of this year, Google released a video detailing the changes to storage access in Android 11. The video showed a new “trash” mechanism that will allow apps to put files in the trash instead of permanently deleting them, which, in essence, will give users the ability to recover deleted files within 30 days. But we have not yet seen the app using this new junk removal mechanism, although Android 11 has been around for weeks now. However, this may soon change as Google prepares now add Trash folder to Files by Google app…
The latest version, Files by Google (v. 1.0.345), appeared in the Play Store today. In terms of overall user-centric changes, the update brings tweaks to the audio player to improve background playback. It also offers file grouping for easier viewing and cleaning up screenshots to help users detect and remove old screenshots.
The update also includes lines pointing to a new menu item called Trash to help users recover deleted files along with these changes. We managed to enable this new feature manually, and this is how it looks:
As you can see in the attached screenshots, the new “Trash” option can be accessed by clicking on the hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner… Clicking on this option opens a new page that lists all deleted files in reverse chronological order. At the top of the page, you can see a prompt that reads: “Any file that has been in the trash for 30 days will be permanently deleted.” The page also has two buttons at the bottom to restore and permanently delete the selected files. The page also has a button in the upper right corner to switch the way of displaying files between a list and a grid.
While these screenshots give us a good idea of the cart function, it’s worth noting that this feature hasn’t been rolled out to anyone yet… It’s also worth noting that this feature should be available on devices running older versions of Android, but for now, we’ve only tried testing it on Android 11.