Can Teachers See Unsubmitted Work on Google Classroom?

The pandemic has brought about drastic changes in many aspects of our life, one of them being education. When online classes started, a number of applications were employed for better communication between the students and teachers, like Zoom, Google Meet, and Google Classroom. Even now, most schools are using these apps for hybrid classes or for small children who still cannot attend offline school.

can teachers see your unsubmitted work on google classroom

In today’s blog, we will be talking about a feature on the Google Classroom app where you can unsubmit (or unsend) an assignment. Most students use this feature when they have accidentally sent an incomplete assignment or when they remember that they have made a mistake in their last assignment.

Read on to know if your teacher can see your unsubmitted work on Google Classroom. Later in the blog, we will also answer other queries, such as how to turn in your work assignments on Google Classroom and if your teacher can tell if you copy/paste your assignment.

Can Teachers See Unsubmitted Work on Google Classroom?

The short answer to this question is yes. Teachers can see any assignment that you have ever added on the Google Classroom, including the ones that you unsubmitted afterward.

can teachers see your unsubmitted work on google classroom

Let us now elaborate on how this is done as well as on the advantages and disadvantages of this feature.

Whenever you submit a document, it is saved on your submission history. All teachers on the app have complete access to every student’s submission history. Unless you manage to unsend it in the first three seconds, there is no other way to remove it completely from the teacher’s visibility.

Moreover, if your copy of the assignment was generated in Google Classroom, your teacher can also see your edit history. This will include how much work you have done so far, what changes you have made on it, and also the last time it was opened by you. Lastly, they will also be able to see any collaborators you have added to that assignment.

Let us tell you why this happens:

Whenever your teacher creates an assignment with an already existing document on their Google Drive, they have three options to choose how it is displayed.

First: The student can view the document.

Second: The student can edit the document.

Third: Google Classroom will make a copy of the document for the student(s).

The first two options are convenient for one student only.

But if your teacher chooses the third option, the Classroom app makes a copy of the original file for each student. When this happens, your name and account are linked to your copy, but it is also linked to your teacher’s account. This is why they can access it and see all the work done on it at any given time.


Suppose you forgot to submit your assignment before the given time, or the assignment was not updated due to some internet connection issue or a glitch. If the teacher has sent you a copy of the assignment, they would still be able to see if you had completed your work on time and grade you accordingly.


If you make a number of mistakes that you don’t want your teacher to see, that can become a problem because all the edits you make will be visible to your teacher.

How to Turn in Assignments in Google Classroom

Now that we have covered the initial question, let’s move on to another frequently asked query about this app: How can you turn in your assignments on Google Classroom? The whole process is quite easy, and we have included a step-by-step guide on how to do that below. Take a look:

Step 1: Open the Google Classroom app on your smartphone.

Step 2: You’ll see all your classes in a listicle format on the home screen. Click on the classroom in which you have to submit the assignment.

Step 3: Once you do that, you can see all the work assigned in that classroom. Tap on the assignment that you have to submit.

Step 4: On the top of the screen, you can see the Due date and time. Below that, you’ll see the option of adding a class comment, and right after that you’ll see the attachment/copy of the assignment that the teacher has assigned. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see an option named + Add work. Click on it.

Step 5: Now, you can see a number of formats using which you can submit your assignment.

So, there you go. Now you can submit all your assignments within the due time.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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