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How to Empty Trash (Recycle Bin) on Samsung Phones and Tablets

Each deleted picture, message, document, or anything like on your Samsung phones and tablets is stored in recycle bin for 30 days (as long as it is enabled from Settings) before deleting completely. However, you may want to empty the trash or recycle bin to get rid of the files immediately or maybe they correspond to so much storage and your device need to be refreshed by deleting the data within it, in that case, you can empty recycle bin with ease on Samsung devices.

All of the emptying trash or recycle bin on Samsung devices options are available for some Samsung phones which can be exemplified by the A Series (A12, A13, A53, A34, A52, A03S, A02, A70, A71, A50, A51, A90), S Series (S8, S8+, S9, S9+, S10, S10E, S10 Plus, S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S21 FE, S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, S23, S23+, S23 Ultra), Note Series (Note 9, Note 10, Note 10+, Note 20, Note 20 Ultra), Z Series (Z Fold, Z Flip, Z Fold2, Z Flip 3, Z Fold3, Z Flip4, Z Fold4), Tab Series (Tab S4, Tab Active Pro, Tab S5E, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite, Tab S7, Tab S7+, Tab A8, Tab S8, Tab S8+). However, some of them might not be available for the older versions of Samsung. 


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Whatever app you desire to empty the trash or recycle bin on a Samsung device, you should be familiar with just two terms: one of them is three-vertical-dots ⁝ and the other one is Recycle Bin. If the app you want to empty the data stores that deleted data, it should include these two aforementioned menus. Below we will give some examples of how to empty the trash or recycle bin on specific apps like Phone, Messages, Gallery, and My Files, however, after you have read all the given examples, we can guarantee that you can empty the recycle bin on any single app on your Samsung phone or tablet.

How to Empty Recycle Bin of Messages on Samsung

To begin with, we will first demonstrate how to delete the trash on the Messages app on your Samsung device. For this, you should open the Messages app from either the home screen or the apps screen of your Samsung device.

On the Messages app, tap on three-vertical-dots ⁝ that is placed at the top right of the current page next to the Search Box. 

On the pop-up menu that will appear when you tap on the relevant place, tap on Recycle Bin, as you can expect.


Recycle Bin on Messages Menu Picture

From the picture below, you can see there is no deleted message on our Samsung device, but there might be on yours. In that case, follow the steps below in order to empty the recycle bin for the Messages app on your Samsung device:

  1. The first way: Press and hold the deleted message you want to empty from the recycle bin until you see the pop-up window that will consist of Restore All and Recycle Bin. As you can expect, tap on Delete All and tap on Delete again on the confirmation page
  2. The second way: Tap on Edit from above, tap on Delete All, and ultimately tap on Delete again on the confirmation page.
  3. The third way: Tap on three-vertical-dots ⁝ next to the Edit button, tap on Empty, and tap on Empty Recycle Bin on the confirmation page.

From now on, you will see the "No Messages: Any messages you delete will stay in the Recycle Bin for 30 days before they're deleted forever" page on your Samsung device, that is to say, you successfully emptied the trash or recycle bin for just Messages app. As it is aforementioned, you should empty every single app in this way, however, it is an easy process once you are comfortable with the three-vertical-dots ⁝ and Recycle Bin menu.


No Messages Notification on Messages Picture

How to Empty Recycle Bin of Phone on Samsung

When you delete phone records from your Samsung phone or tablet, there is no need to empty the trash, but there is a need when you delete contacts from your Samsung device.

For this, you should open the Phone app from either the home or apps screen on your Samsung. From below select Contacts, not Keypad or Recents.

On the Phone app, tap on three-vertical dots ⁝ to see the Recycle Bin and tap on Recycle Bin.


Recycle Bin on Phone Menu Picture

From the picture below, you can see there is no deleted contact on our Samsung device, but there might be on yours. In that case, follow the steps below in order to empty the recycle bin for the Phone app on your Samsung device:

  1. The first way: Press and hold the deleted contact you want to empty from the recycle bin until you see the pop-up window that will consist of Restore All and Recycle Bin. As you can expect, tap on Delete Alland tap on Delete again on the confirmation page
  2. The second way: Tap on Edit from above, tap on Delete All, and ultimately tap on Delete again on the confirmation page.
  3. The third way: Tap on three vertical dots ⁝ next to the Edit button, tap on Empty, and tap on Empty Recycle Bin on the confirmation page.

From now on, you will see the "No Contacts: Any contacts you delete will stay in the Recycle Bin for 30 days before they're deleted forever" page on your Samsung device, that is to say, you successfully emptied the trash or recycle bin for just the Phone app. 


No Contacts Notification on Phone Picture

How to Empty Recycle Bin of Gallery on Samsung

After that, it is better to demonstrate how to empty the trash or recycle bin of the Gallery app on Samsung phones and tablets. Provided that you have read the lines above, you should be familiar with how to empty the trash by just having the essential information as to three vertical dots ⁝ and Recycle Bin. However, as it will be shown in the Gallery example below, three-vertical-dots ⁝ might be three-horizontal-lines ☰ in particular apps

Without further ado, let's dive right into how to empty the recycle bin on Gallery.

As it is required for all other options, you should open your Gallery either from the home or apps screen on your Samsung device.

On the home page, you will see albums but what we care about emptying the trash is three horizontal lines ☰ that is at the bottom right of the current page. No need to wait, you can tap on the relevant place.


Three Horizontal Lines on Gallery Picture

On the small window that will appear when you tap on the relevant place, tap on Recycle Bin.


Recycle Bin on Menu Picture

From now on you have several options to empty recycle bin:

  1. The first way: Press and hold the deleted picture or screenshot you want to empty from the recycle bin until you see the pop-up window that will consist of Restore All and Recycle Bin. As you can expect, tap on Delete All, and tap on Delete again on the confirmation page
  2. The second way: Tap on Edit from above, tap on Delete All, and ultimately tap on Delete again on the confirmation page.
  3. The third way: Tap on three-vertical-dots ⁝ next to the Edit button, tap on Empty, and tap on Empty Recycle Bin on the confirmation page.


Edit Button on Gallery Picture

Delete Button on Gallery Picture


Delete Button for Confirmation Picture


Deleting Window Picture

From now on, you will see the "No Pictures or Videos: Any images or videos you delete will stay in the Recycle Bin for 30 days before they're deleted forever" page on your Samsung device, that is to say, you successfully emptied the trash or recycle bin for just Gallery app. 


No Pictures of Vides Notification on Gallery Picture

How to Empty Recycle Bin of My Files on Samsung

In order to empty the recycle bin for the My Files app on your Samsung phones or tablets, you should follow the steps below. My Files basically include documents, images, videos, audio files, documents, downloads, APK installation files, and many more things on your Samsung device. 

After that prior information, open My Files on your Samsung device which is generally stored in the Samsung folder either on the home or apps screen. You might have a look at the picture below to see what it looks like.


My Files on Samsung Picture

In My Files, scroll down a bit until you find Recycle Bin and tap on it


Recycle Bin on My Files Picture

From the picture below, you can see there is no deleted file or folder on our Samsung device, but there might be on yours. In that case, follow the steps below in order to empty the recycle bin for the My Files app on your Samsung device.


No Files or Folders Notification on My Files Picture

  1. The first way: Press and hold the deleted file or folder you want to empty from the recycle bin until you see the pop-up window that will consist of Restore All and Recycle Bin. As you can expect, tap on Delete All, and tap on Delete again on the confirmation page
  2. The second way: Tap on Edit from above, tap on Delete All, and ultimately tap on Delete again on the confirmation page.
  3. The third way: Tap on three-vertical-dots ⁝ next to the Edit button, tap on Empty, and tap on Empty Recycle Bin on the confirmation page.

From now on, you will see the "No Files or Folder: Any file or folders you delete will stay in the Recycle Bin for 30 days before they're deleted forever" page on your Samsung device, that is to say, you successfully emptied the trash or recycle bin for just My Files app. As it is aforementioned, you should empty every single app in this way, however, it is an easy process once you are comfortable with the three-vertical-dots ⁝ and Recycle Bin menu.

How to Disable Recycle Bin on Samsung

Are you fed up with emptying trash or recycle bin on every single app on your Samsung device? In that case, you can disable Recycle Bin, however, keep in mind that once you disable it, you cannot find deleted files, pictures, or messages on your Samsung devices if you want to restore them. Plus, you should disable it for every single app like Messages, Phone, Gallery, My Files, and so forth but still you may disable recycle bin for Messages, Phones and enable My Files, Gallery, and so forth. What we mean actually by that, disabling recycle bin does not apply to all apps just to the specific one you choose. If you are OK with this because deleted documents, pictures, or relatable things will be deleted completely after 30 days from your recycle bin as well, you can disable recycle bin by following the steps below.

For the sake of example, we will show how to disable recycle bin for the My Files app and after that give information about how to do the same action in other ones.

Firstly, open My Files and tap on three-vertical-dots ⁝ from the top right


Three Vertical Dots on My Files Picture

On the pop-up menu, tap on Settings.


Settings on Menu Picture

Disable Recycle Bin by switching off the button next to it. In this way, your deleted files or folders will not be kept for 30 days on the My Files app.


Recycle Bin Enabling and Disabling Button Picture

For other apps like Messages, Gallery follows the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on Search Box from the top right.
  3. Search for "Recycle Bin".
  4. Select the app you want to disable recycle bin for and tap on it from the search results
  5. Ultimately, disable Recycle Bin by switching off the button next to it.

Conclusion

In order to empty the trash or recycle bin on Samsung phones or tablets, you just need to be familiar with three-vertical-dots ⁝ and the Recycle Bin menu. However, recycle bin should be emptied separately for each app like Messages, Gallery, My Files, and so forth on Samsung devices. Apart from emptying recycle bin on your Samsung device, you can disable recycle bin and get rid of doing the actions every single time you have deleted a picture, contact, or document on your Samsung device.

In case you face a problem when you empty the trash or recycle bin on a Samsung device, you can freely leave a comment below. In this way, we can provide you some solutions to your answer as long as we have the knowledge on the topic. Do not worry, in other cases, we can provide some community articles for you to examine and solve the problem you try to tackle.

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