How to Delete PDF Files on Android

Kyle Wood

Android, Tutorials

Deleting PDF files on Android is a simple process that can help you free up storage space and organize your mobile device. Whether you want to remove old PDF documents or clear up clutter, this tutorial will guide you through the steps using your Android device. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open the File Manager

To delete PDF files on Android, you need to access your device’s file manager. The file manager is an app that allows you to view and manage all the files and folders on your Android device. It is usually pre-installed on most devices, but if you don’t have one, you can download a file manager app from the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Navigate to the PDF Folder

Once you have opened the file manager app, navigate to the folder where your PDF files are stored. This could be in the ‘Downloads’ folder or any other location where you have saved your PDFs. If you are unsure about the location, try checking the ‘Documents’ or ‘Files’ folder.


If you know the name of the specific PDF file you want to delete, use the search function in the file manager app to locate it quickly.

Step 3: Select and Delete

When you have found the folder containing your PDF files, browse through it until you find the document(s) that you want to delete. To delete a single PDF file, long-press on it until a menu appears with various options.

  • Select:
  • Selecting multiple files: If there are multiple PDF files that you want to delete at once, tap on each one individually to select them. You will notice a checkmark or highlight indicating that they are selected.

  • Select all:
  • If you want to delete all PDF files in the folder, look for the ‘Select all’ option usually located at the top of the screen or in the menu. Tapping on this option will automatically select all the files in that folder.

After selecting the desired PDF files, you will see a trash bin icon or a ‘Delete’ option. Tap on it, and a confirmation prompt will appear asking if you are sure you want to delete these files.


Be cautious when deleting files as there is no way to recover them once they are deleted from your device.

Step 4: Confirm Deletion

Once you have confirmed that you want to delete the selected PDF file(s), they will be permanently removed from your Android device. Depending on the number and size of the files, it may take a few moments for them to be deleted.

Step 5: Check Recycle Bin

Some file manager apps have a recycle bin or trash folder where deleted files are temporarily stored. If your file manager app has this feature, check if your deleted PDF files are there. If so, you can restore them or permanently delete them from the recycle bin.


If you accidentally delete a PDF file and want to recover it, avoid saving new files or data on your device as it may overwrite the deleted file and make it unrecoverable.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to delete PDF files on Android using a file manager app. By regularly removing unwanted documents, you can keep your device organized and optimize storage space.

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