Google Files Gets Safe Folder for Hiding Files in Latest Beta

Files by Google App Will Soon Get a Trash Folder

Google Files Gets Safe Folder for Hiding Files in Latest Beta

After adding a safe folder, playback speed controls, and a PDF Handler, Google is working to add a Trash folder to its Files app on Android. The feature, hidden in the app’s code, was spotted by XDA’s Mishaal Rahman in the latest Files by Google beta version 1.0.345.

Once available, you will see a new ‘Trash’ item in the app’s hamburger menu present to the top left corner of the home page. According to the report, you’ll find the deleted files in reverse chronological order. From the Trash section, you can choose to manually delete files or restore them to their original location. As Google points out in its notification banner, the app will automatically delete files in Trash after 30 days. Take a look at the feature in action below.

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Image: XDA-Developers

Apart from the Trash folder, the latest beta build comes with improvements to the audio player that enhances background audio playback. You also get file grouping for better browsing and screenshot cleaning to spot and delete old screenshots. The option to delete old screenshots is present in the ‘Clean’ tab of the bottom navigation bar. You can even choose to permanently hide the old screenshots suggestion or temporarily disable it for 7 days.

files by google old screenshots

Having a native trash folder will help users rely less on full-fledged recycle bin apps. However, as mentioned earlier, the Trash folder isn’t accessible to all beta testers at this moment. We could expect Google to enable the feature in upcoming beta releases. Eventually, the Files app could get a Trash folder in the stable version.

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