Last year, Android 11 had a “hidden” feature from the 90s – a trash can for deleted files. Discarded files could not be managed by users at that time.
Applications could tag files for deletion and offer their own ways to get them back, but there was no centralized “trash can” or “recycle bin” section like we’re used to on other platforms. Based on recent reports, that could change in Android 12.
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Allegedly, Android 12 could implement support for managing deleted files. Last year, a feature in development was noticed in the Files by Google application, which allows you to see discarded files for Android 11 in the appropriate folder. This folder could be accessed from the sidebar menu of the application. This option is not implemented, but Android 12 could get that feature.
Of course, all of the above is subject to change, but the XDA-developers team recently discovered that the Storage panel in the Settings section could get a new “trash” listing showing the space occupied by discarded files, their number and the ability to empty and delete unwanted content.