It is no surprise that Some users are now able to access the trash folder on Google Files. As in December 2020, an APK teardown revealed that Google was in the process of adding a Trash feature to its Files by Google file manager app. It is now rolling out to some users via the Android app version 1.0.378055542.
As the name implies, the new Trash feature enables you to delete files from your device temporarily while still using the Files by Google app. You can restore those files from the Trash folder for up to 30 days before they are permanently deleted. Of course, you can always manually open the folder and delete the contents if you never want to see them again.
This feature, according to reports, makes use of Android’s built-in recycle bin, which Google introduced with Android 11 last year. However, an XDA report indicates that it is currently rolling out alongside the latest Google Files update for devices running Android 12. Please keep in mind that Android 12 is still in beta. As a result, when the feature is officially launched, it should be available on devices running Android 11. Additionally, the new update prepares for Google’s Material UI redesign of Files.
Along with the Trash folder, Android 12 brings some minor design changes to Files by Google. Although this is not the complete Material You redesign, there are some hints. The app appears to be using the Google Sans font at the moment. Additionally, it appears to have adopted the Material You bottom navigation bar, complete with an oval-shaped cyan bubble enclosing the icons. A subsequent update may bring the complete Material You recoloring to Google Files.
With the latest update, Google’s Nearby Share will also take the place of the app’s built-in sharing feature. This is a natural progression, given the fact that Nearby Sharing is now available on all Android devices equipped with Google Mobile Services. Thus, there is no reason for Google Files to include a separate file sharing feature on Android. OnePlus removed the File Dash feature from the OnePlus File Manager app for precisely this reason.
This modification to Files by Google was previously discovered in a March APK teardown. Additionally, Google has provided details on its official support page. According to the company, both devices must be running the most recent version of Files by Google in order for Nearby Share to function properly. You can upload and download up to 500 files simultaneously. When you reach the maximum number of files, the app will notify you. Nearby Share files are saved in the Downloads folder on Files by Google.