Find Hidden Files
in Google Drive
Use Clean Drive to reveal hidden files in Google Drive that are using additional storage space in your account.
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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.
How are hidden files created in Google Drive?
One way a file in Google Drive can get in this hidden or orphaned state is 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.
How can I see my hidden files in Google Drive?
You can start your free scan and Clean Drive will show you all of your hidden files. Click the button below to get started.
Features to Clean Up Google Drive
Organize Your Google Drive Storage
At a glance, view how much storage space is used by Google Photos, Gmail and Google Drive. Clean Drive shows where your storage space is being used, making it easy to organize and clean up your storage.
Find & Remove Duplicate Files in Google Drive
Clean Drive will help you locate and remove duplicate files in your Google Drive account. You can easily remove the duplicates in your account by individually selecting duplicate files, selecting all files on a page or using the Bulk Delete Tool for the entire category.
* Please note, you can find and remove photos that exist in Google Drive but finding files in Google Photos is not yet supported.
Bulk Delete in Google Drive
The Bulk Delete Tool makes it easy to clean up Google Drive with a simple click. No need to select files one by one as you can easily select all. Duplicate files can also be 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 Google Drive Folder Size
It’s now easy to find your large folders in Google Drive. Clean Drive will show you the size of each folder and the folders taking the most space in your Google Drive account. You can also use filters to drill down to specific folders that you would like to see.
Clean Drive exposes the empty folders in Google Drive. The app will show you all your empty folders, and you can use the Bulk Delete Tool to remove them with a simple click.
Locate Hidden Files in Google Drive
Hidden Files in Google Drive are quickly revealed with Clean Drive giving you control of how your storage space is used.
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.
If you have multiple drives and shared drives in Google Drive, you can scan them all. Before your scan starts, you will have the option to choose a specific shared drive to scan or any combination of shared drives and My Drive. This allows you to drill into the specific files you are interested in even if those files exist across multiple drives.
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.
Browse by File Type
Clean Drive shows your Google Drive files organized by file type categories. 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.
How To Find Hidden Files 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 the hidden files category. You can view these hidden files and then choose to move or remove them.
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How to Clean Up Google Drive
- Start your scan by logging into Clean Drive with your Google Drive account.
- View Your files in Clean Drive organized into categories on the summary page.
- Clean up the mess by removing files that are not needed. You can filter your results, select your files individually and delete the selected files. Or bulk delete everything in the category using the Bulk Delete Tool.
The Select, Filter, Delete and Bulk Delete Tool can be seen in the below screenshot.
Meet the Founder / Family Man
Hello! My name is Brett and I enjoy creating apps that help the world. I built the Clean Drive app to solve my own storage dilemma and I hope it helps you as well.
After storing my files online for many years, my drive account was starting to look like it was owned by a pack rat. I knew it was time for a change. When I went to find my old files or even the files that were consuming all of my storage space, I found there was nothing to help me do it. Enter the creation of Clean Drive.
I’m a pretty laid back guy that enjoys spending time with my family and friends in the great outdoors. I have a beautiful wife and four amazing children. They are the ones that make this all worth it.
Thank you to all my loyal, friendly customers for your support. I’m grateful that you are here!
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