Google May Add a Trash Bin for Deleted Files on Android 12

Google May Add Trash Section on Android 12

The last December, XDA Developers found out that the Google Files app will soon get a junk folder. Now, according to a new report From XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, it appears that Google has plans to include a Trash within the Settings app, starting with Android 12.

Android 12 may have a trash can section

Following the report, Android 12 may have a unified option to manage junk files from Settings -> Storage. From here, users can see the number of files in the trash along with the option to permanently delete them. However, the option to restore items to the Trash seems to be missing in its current state.

The report also suggests that it is not likely to be a full-fledged recycle bin or trash folder. Take a look at the screenshots of this hidden feature below:

garbage section of android 12
Image: XDA-Developers

As with almost all other new Android features, feature compatibility depends on several factors. For starters, file management applications must use the Android MediaStore API for this feature to work as expected. Also, we’ll have to wait to see if the popular recycle bin apps make any changes to support this implementation.

With that said, it’s worth noting that the aforementioned trash can in the Settings app isn’t available by default in the two Android 12 developer previews released so far. So Google may skip the feature or test it in future beta tests. We will have to wait for the next developer preview of Android 12 and future beta versions before reaching a conclusion. And of course we’ll know for sure at Google I / O 2021 scheduled for May 18-20.

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