How To Recover Google Docs From A Deleted School Account

Schools and educational institutions often provide students with Google Workspace accounts for academic use. These accounts allow the students to utilize various Google services such as Google Mail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs, to name a few. However, if your school account gets deleted or de-provisioned, you may find yourself unable to access important files and documents that were saved in Google Docs. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to recover Google Docs from a deleted school account.

Please Note:

Please note that the recovery process depends highly on the school’s Google Workspace administrator and their policies. Always consult with them first before proceeding with the following steps.

Step-by-step guide to recover Google Docs from a deleted School Account:

1. Contact your School’s Google Workspace Administrator

The first step in attempting to recover your Google Docs is to reach out to your school’s Google Workspace administrator. They have direct access to the Google Workspace Admin console and can potentially restore your deleted account, provided it falls within the Google Workspace’s data recovery time frame, which is usually within 20 days of deletion.

2. Request for a Data Restore

If your account has been deleted within the last 20 days, the administrator can attempt to restore the data. Here is the process they need to follow:

After logging into the Google Workspace Admin console, they will need to navigate to:

Apps > Google Workspace > Drive and Docs > Manage Team Drives.

They can then select your deleted account and click on ‘Restore Data’.

3. Create a New Google Account

If the recovery process is successful, your administrator will need to assign the restored data to a new Google account. You can either use a personal Gmail account or request your administrator to create a new school account for you.

4. Data Transfer

The data, including your Google Docs, will then be transferred to your new Google account. This means that you should be able to access all your previously lost documents through this new account.


Recovering Google Docs from a deleted school account can be a bit tricky and heavily depends on the institution’s policy and Google Workspace Admin’s cooperation. However, it is not impossible. Always make sure to back up your important data to avoid such complications in the future.