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How To Restore Already Deleted Files and Folders On Microsoft OneDrive

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There are times we might accidentally delete some certain files or folder with the push of button accidentally which we shouldn’t have done and thus now in search of a means of restoring the file or folder back inside the MS OneDrive Cloud Storage. However if that been the case there is definitely a few recovery methods you can try in order to have your deleted file or folder restored.

The purpose of this guide is to show you how to restore already deleted files or folder which was was perhaps deleted accidentally or intention and you choose to have them back. Do follow through the step by step methods below.

How To Restore Deleted Files On MS OneDrive Cloud Storage


The first method we will be considering is the restoration process through OneDrive recycle bin

Restore a Deleted File From Your OneDrive Recycle Bin


If you deleted a file or folder from your OneDrive account, you have the option of restoring the files or folder back within the period of 30days upon deletion. After 30 days, the deleted file or folder is automatically and permanently deleted from the Recycle Bin. However this can be done using either your desktop or mobile device.

How To Restore a Deleted File or Folder Via Desktop

First, you need to log in to your Microsoft OneDrive account from your desktop and then click “Recycle Bin” in the left-hand pane. locate and Click on Recycle Bin.

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Next in the Recycle Bin, right-click the file or folder you want to restore and then click “Restore” from the context menu. Locate and Right-click on the file you wish to restore back and then click Restore.

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The selected file or folder will then be restored. If you want to restore all the files and folder in the Recycle Bin at once, click the “Restore All Items” option at the top of the screen.

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Now click Restore All Items and you will be prompted with a confirmation window to authenticate the process, Click the blue “Restore” button to proceed.

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Next click on Restore. All of the files and folders will be restored.

Restore a Deleted File or Folder Through Mobile Device


To restore a deleted OneDrive file or folder using your mobile device, all you need is to download the OneDrive app for iOS or Android -DOWNLOAD BELOW. Once installed, tap the app icon to launch it.

Immediately you launch the app, tap “Files” at the bottom of the screen.

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Now tap on Files. Next tap “Recycle Bin,” found at the bottom of the list of folders. Then again tap on Recycle Bin here.

In the Recycle Bin, locate the file or folder you wish to restore, and tap the three doted icons at the right side of it then select “Restore” from the menu that appears at the bottom of the screen.

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Now tap on restore.

If you wish to select multiple files and folders at once, tap and hold the first file, and then select the other files you wish to restore by tapping them. A blue checkmark will appear to the left of selected files.

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After selecting the files in the OneDrive app, next tap the Restore icon located in the top-right corner of the screen. Your files and folders will be restored.

Restore a Deleted File From Your PC’s Recycle Bin

If you deleted a file or folder from OneDrive, and it has already been synced to your computer, then you can also restore that file or folder from the Recycle Bin (Windows) or Trash (Mac). However it is important to Note that this won’t work if you deleted an online-only file in OneDrive.

Meanwhile, to do this, simply open the Recycle Bin or Trash on your PC.

Now Navigate to the file or folder you intend to restore and and right-click on it. Or, if you want to restore all of the files and folders, press Ctrl+A on your keyboard (Windows) or Command+A for (Mac),

Now right-click any file or folder. Next, click “Restore” from the context menu that appears.

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Click Restore. The selected file or folder will then be restored.

That’s all on how to how you can restore any deleted file or folders On Microsoft OneDrive. For more updates and tutorial guides like this, subscribe to our post notification via the bell icon below right side.

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Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present

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