How to Add Recycle Bin on Android Phone

We all are familiar with the recycle bin feature of the Windows, MacOS, and iPhone. It allows you to recover files that you have deleted accidentally. Unfortunately, Android doesn’t offer any built-in recycle bin feature like these operating systems.

Add recycle bin on Android phone

Sometimes you may delete some important files (such as your photos, videos or documents) on your Android phone by mistake. Now imagine what if we tell you that you can add a recycle bin folder on Android also. This is what we are going to discuss in this tutorial.

After adding a recycle bin on your Android phone, any file that you will delete will automatically move to the recycle bin folder. They will be deleted permanently after some fixed time period. Before that, you can recover any file if you have deleted it accidentally.

1. Use built-in recycle bin in Gallery

Some Android phones now have added recycle bin feature in their built-in gallery app like the iPhone. One of the examples is Samsung. This feature is disabled by default but you can enable it by following these simple steps –

  1. 1. Go to the app drawer on your phone and open the Gallery app from there.
  2. 2. Next, click the menu button (three dots at the top-right corner of the screen).
    Gallery menu
  3. 3. In the menu list, find an option named Recycle Bin and click on it. If no such option is available, then go to the Settings and find out there.
  4. 4. After that, a dialog box will open asking you to enable the recycle bin. Simply, click the “Turn on Recycle bin” option. That’s it.
    Turn on recycle bin

Please note that if you are having some other brand smartphone, then this feature may or may not be available in it. You can check out the settings of your gallery app to find that.

After you have enabled the recycle bin, whenever you will delete any photo or video from your gallery, they will be moved to the recycle bin folder first. This feature is limited to the gallery app only i.e. if you will delete any file from other app (such as file manager), then they will be deleted permanently.

If you want to access the recycle bin on your Android phone, open the gallery app, go to the menu (three dots), and then click the Recycle Bin option. There you’ve it. The deleted files will stay there for 15 days. Before that time period, you are allowed to restore them.

Restore deleted files

To recover any file, you simply need to select it and then click the Restore button. You can also clear the Recycle Bin using the Empty button. This will help you to free up some space on your phone.

2. Use Recovery Bin app

Another alternative to add a recycle bin on your Android phone is by using the third-party app. There are so many options available at your end. If you search the “Recycle Bin” keyword on Google Play Store, you will find so many results on the list.

One of the apps that we will recommend you to try is Recovery Bin. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use this app –

  1. Download and install the Recovery Bin app on your Android phone.
  2. As you launch it, the app will ask you to allow storage access. After that, the Recycle Bin will start working in the background. You will see its notification in your notification tab.
  3. Now if you will delete any file (such as photos or videos) on your Android phone from the gallery or file manager, they will automatically move to the Recovery Bin app.
  4. The process of restoring any file is quite simple. Simply, click the drop-down button next to the file and then tap the + button. On the other hand, if you want to delete the file permanently, you can click the X button.
    Recycle Bin app on Android

Despite being so useful, this app has some disadvantages also. As we have tested, it only works for photos and videos i.e. if you will delete some other format files (such as pdf or docs), they won’t be saved in the Recycle Bin.

Sometimes this app doesn’t work properly. So we will recommend you to check if it is working on your phone or not. There are some features that are missing in this app. One of them is an automatic deletion that could be helpful to clear the recycle bin automatically.

3. Use File Manager app

Some file manager apps also provide a recycle bin feature in them. File Manager by ASUSTek is one such example. It is one of the most popular file manager apps for Android with over 100M+ downloads.

The recycle bin feature is enabled in this file manager app by default. Any file that you will delete will automatically move to the recycle bin folder. However, you can also choose to delete it permanently at the time when you are asked to confirm the deletion.

On the home page of the file manager, you will see the Recycle Bin option where you can access all your deleted files and restore them.

Use Recycle Bin in File Manager

So these are some best methods to add recycle bin folder on your Android phone. Hope you liked this tutorial. If you have any questions or doubts in your mind, feel free to ask them in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this post with your friends on social media.

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