How To Clear Onedrive Recycle Bin

OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, offers users the ability to store their files online and access them from any location with an internet connection. Nonetheless, it’s possible for files to be unintentionally deleted or sent to the recycle bin. This article will guide you on how to empty the recycle bin in OneDrive.

Step 1: Open OneDrive

To begin, open your web browser and go to Sign in with your Microsoft account if prompted.

Step 2: Access the Recycle Bin

Once you are signed in, click on the Recycle Bin icon located in the left-hand sidebar. This will take you to a list of all the files that have been deleted or moved to the recycle bin.

Step 3: Select Files to Delete

In the Recycle Bin, you will see a list of all the files that have been deleted or moved. To delete a file permanently, click on the Delete button located next to each file. Alternatively, you can select multiple files by clicking on the checkmark next to each file and then clicking on the Delete button at the top of the page.

Step 4: Confirm Deletion

Once you have selected the files you want to delete, a confirmation dialog box will appear. Click on the Delete button to permanently delete the files from your OneDrive account.

Step 5: Empty Recycle Bin

After deleting the files, you may want to empty the recycle bin to free up space in your OneDrive account. To do this, click on the Empty Recycle Bin button located at the top of the page.


Clearing the OneDrive recycle bin is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. By following these steps, you can permanently delete files from your OneDrive account and free up space for new files.