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There are two main ways to empty the trash on an Android phone:

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There are two main ways to empty the trash on an Android phone:

1. Using the Files App:

This method is most common for modern Android devices. Here's how to do it:

  • Open the Files app on your phone. This app may also be called My Files depending on your device's manufacturer.
  • Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner.
  • Select Trash. You might also see this called Recycle bin on some phones.
  • Here you'll see a list of deleted files.
    • To delete all files: Tap Empty in the top right corner.
    • To delete specific files: Tap and hold on a file to select it, then tap the Delete icon (usually a trash can symbol).
  • Confirm the deletion by tapping Delete in the pop-up window (optional on some devices).

2. Using App Settings (for some apps):

  • Some apps, like file managers or gallery apps, might have their own built-in trash feature.
  • In such cases, you'll need to access the specific app's settings to locate the trash option and empty it. The exact steps will vary depending on the app.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Not all Android phones come with a pre-installed Files app. If you can't find it, you can download the Files by Google app from the Google Play Store.
  • Once you empty the trash, the files are permanently deleted and cannot be recovered. So be careful before deleting anything important!
  • Some apps might offer a grace period before permanently deleting files from the trash. This allows you to recover them if you accidentally delete something.

I hope this helps!

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