.TRASH_DATABASE File Extension

Files by Google Trash Database

Developer Google
3.0  |  2 Votes
Category Database Files
Format Text and Binary

What is a TRASH_DATABASE file?

A TRASH_DATABASE file contains a list of files that a Files by Google user has moved to the app's Trash folder. It is a SQLite 3 database (.SQLITE) that is also located in the Trash folder. Files by Google uses the TRASH_DATABASE file to restore trashed files to their previous locations.

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Screenshot of a .trash_database file in Apple TextEdit
TRASH_DATABASE file open in Apple TextEdit

In 2020, Google added the ability to trash files to Files by Google, the default Android file manager. When you trash a file, it is placed in Files by Google's Trash folder and given a new .trashed filename.

For up to 30 days, you can restore a trashed file to its previous location. To help Files by Google replace restored files, the app maintains a TRASH_DATABASE file. This file contains a list of the locations at which trashed files previously resided and the files' original names. When you restore a trashed file, Files by Google uses the data its TRASH_DATABASE file contains to place the file where it belongs.

How to open a TRASH_DATABASE file

TRASH_DATABASE files are not meant to be opened. Editing a TRASH_DATABASE file may affect your ability to restore trashed items in Files by Google.

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Updated March 24, 2022

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