By Ellie / Last Updated February 22, 2022

How to remotely access Recycle Bin on Windows 10

“I’m working on a Windows 10 computer. I was requested to take some things from a laptop. I know what they’re looking for is in the recycle bin, but it is really inconvenient for me to actually sit in front of the laptop as it is really far away from me. Is it possible to remotely access this user’s Recycle Bin?”

Remotely access Recycle Bin on Windows 10 via AnyViewer

The only practical way to access Recycle Bin remotely on Windows 10 would be with remote desktop software, for example, AnyViewer. AnyViewer has many benefits over other remote desktop software.

  • Compatibility. It supports multiple Windows systems, from Windows 7 to the latest Windows 11.
  • Flexible connection methods. You can remotely control another computer by sending a control request or achieve an unattended remote connection by inputting a security code.
  • Security. It is secured by Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption, protecting your data from leakage during remote sessions.
  • Fast & stable connection. It is developed by a strong technical team, providing you fast and stable remote connection with high image quality.

Next, we’ll see how to firstly remotely access another computer via AnyViewer and then access its Recycle Bin on Windows 10.

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Step 1. Download, install and launch AnyViewer on both computers. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)

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Step 2. Fill in the signup information.

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Step 3. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in.

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Step 4. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then you can achieve a direct connection by clicking Remote control.

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Note: You can also upgrade your account to Professional or Enterprise edition to assign more devices and to connect to another computer in privacy mode.

After successfully connecting to the remote computer, you can see its desktop on your computer and control it just like you're sitting in front of it. Then you can open the Recycle Bin and drag out whatever you what.

Remotely Access Recycle Bin

Empty Recycle Bin on remote computer via command line

If you just want to empty Recycle Bin on remote computer instead of dragging something from it, you can use the command line to clear it. Follow the steps below.

Step 1. Search “powershell” on the search box and then run PowerShell as a Domain Admin.

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Step 2. Run the following command on the PowerShell:

icm -ComputerName xxx -ScriptBlock {Clear-RecycleBin -DriveLetter C -force}

Note: Replace “xxx” with your computer name. For example, mine is “ellie-pc”.

Empty Remote Computer Recycle Bin


How to remotely access Recycle Bin on Windows 10? The answer we gave here in this post is to use remote desktop software AnyViewer to remotely access another computer first, and then to take over control of its Recycle Bin. If you just want to empty Recycle Bin on remote computer, you can use the command line as well.