How to Create Recycle Bin in Android

By on July 2, 2014

If you have ever used the desktop PC or laptops then you probably know that how important is the “recycle bin” in the computer. It may seem not much important but it is the easiest way to recover important files and folder (unless you have the habit of SHIFT + DEL). I always miss this feature in the mobile phones but recently I accidently discovered this feature in a 3rd party app. Certainly there might be several apps in the Google Play Store which can create the recycle bin but who wants to install a 3rd party app for this feature only.

If you use your Android phone for more than just making calls and sending messages then you certainly have heard the name “ES File Explorer”; it is a small app which allows the users to explore their phone just like the desktop computer. You can see files and folders there; you can open an image or a video or anything else just right on the spot. For example in normal conditions, if you want to open PDF file then you go to the Adobe Reader and then open the required file. Same goes for an image and you go to the gallery to see an image, but with the ES File Explorer installed on your phone, you can browser all the files and folder at same place and when you open a specific file, the phones asks for the app in which you want to open that file.


It is quite easy to enable the recycle bin for the Android devices with the help of ES File Explorer, all you have to open this app and then navigate to the upper left corner with a phone icon. This button brings a separate menu; now select the “settings” from the bottom right of the menu. This option brings a full screen menu from where you can select the “recycle bin settings” and then enable it. Now the job is half done; there is a slight twist. The recycle bin is a hidden folder and by default you cannot see the hidden folders in this explorer so you have to unhide the hidden files. For that purpose, again go to the settings menu and then select the “display settings”, on the top there is an option “show hidden files”, just enable it and you’ll see the hidden files too.

The “recycle” folder is the recycle bin and all file you delete go there. Fortunately, the ES File Explorer also has the feature of notifying you about the low disk space so you can empty your recycle bin after a while. There is no harm in enabling the recycle bin feature but it could be life saver if you delete an important file accidently.

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  1. Batman22

    July 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    great sharing thanx

  2. Hannah P.

    July 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    useful thing, my most important things are usually in the recycle bin :)

  3. A parent

    October 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I have enabled the recycle bin. But cannot find any button, folder, or tool, which gets me to this recycle bin. Where is it? It is certainly not in any logical location.

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