Find Files Hidden in Google Drive

Use Clean Drive to reveal files that are hidden inside your Google Drive account and taking up storage space.

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Find Hidden Files in Google Drive

Clean Drive will scan your Google Drive account and find files that are hidden. In Google Drive the only way to get to these files is by directly searching for the exact file name of each hidden file, if you happen to know it.

A file in Google Drive can get in this hidden or orphaned state when a parent folder is deleted and the file inside is not. Typically this happens when a folder is owned by someone else, you place a file in it and then the owner deletes the folder. Your file does not get deleted but it also can no longer be found in Google Drive because the folder is gone. Clean Drive solves this problem and makes these files viewable again.

With Clean Drive You Can...

Organize Your Google Drive Storage

At a glance view how much storage space is being used by Google Photos, Gmail and Google Drive.

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Find Duplicate Files in Google Drive

Find Duplicate Files

Find duplicate files in Google Drive. Clean Drive will show you all of your duplicate files and show which ones are taking up the most space in your Google Drive account.

* Please note, you can find and remove photos that exist in Google Drive but finding files in Google Photos is not yet supported.

Delete in Bulk

Find the files you want to remove and delete them with a simple click. No need to select files one by one as you can easily select all. Duplicate files can also be easily removed by automatically selecting the oldest or newest duplicate files.

Find Old Files

Find old files with Google Drive. View files that are older than a specific date. You can browse these files and if desired delete them with a simple click.

View Large Folders

It's now easy to find your large folders in Google Drive. Clean Drive will show you the folders taking the most space in your Google Drive account. You can also use filters to drill down to specific large folders that you would like to see.

View Large Folders in Google Drive

View Empty Folders

Who wants a bunch of empty folders cluttering up Google Drive? Clean Drive will show you all of your empty folders, and you can use the bulk delete feature to remove them with a simple click.

Locate Hidden Files

Surprisingly, files can consume storage space but not exist in a folder. The only way to find these files in Google Drive is to search for the exact name. Clean Drive shows all of these hidden files in one place so you can choose to delete them or move them back into a folder.

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Browse by File Type

View your files by a specific file type. Would you like to see only the documents in your account? Or maybe just the images? You can even drill down to more specific file types such as PDF, Excel, JPG, etc.

Maintain Security

We care about the privacy of your data and are committed to protecting it. Everything is transferred over a secure SSL connection and we encrypt any account information that we store. Our motivation is to help you organize Google Drive and we will not use your information for anything other than that. You can read more about this in our Privacy Policy.

View Shared Files

View Files that are shared with you in Google Drive. Clean Drive will help you view who owns each file so that there is no guessing at where each file came from.

How To Find Files Hidden in Google Drive

Click Scan My Drive to have Clean Drive search your Google Drive account for hidden files. Or you can install our Android mobile app in the Google Play store or the Galaxy store. The app is also available as a Google Drive Add-on . As soon as you start the scan, Clean Drive will analyze the files in your Google Drive account and show you a summary of how your storage space is being used. Your files will be displayed in specific categories one of which is hidden files. You can view these hidden files and then choose to move or remove them.

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What People are Saying


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