How to delete files or folders from Dropbox

Updated Mar 20, 2024

You can delete or permanently delete any file or folder in your Dropbox account, even if it’s shared, as long as you’re the owner. Find out how to know who the owner of a file or folder is.

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Important: Standard file recovery periods and options don’t apply to files deleted directly from the Send and track feature. Deleting a file from Send and track is permanent, and any associated metadata or data analytics can’t be recovered once the file is deleted.

Delete a file or folder

Follow the instructions below to delete a file or folder from your Dropbox account on, the Dropbox desktop app, or the Dropbox mobile app. Deleted files or folders can be restored within a certain window of time, depending on your Dropbox plan.

  1. Log in to
  2. Hover over the file or folder and click the "" (ellipsis).
  3. Click Delete.
  4. Click Delete again to confirm.
  1. Open the Dropbox folder on your computer. 
  2. Right-click the file or folder you’d like to delete.
  3. Click Delete (Windows) or Move to Trash (Mac).
  1. Open the Dropbox mobile app.
  2. Tap the “” (vertical ellipsis on Android) or “” (ellipsis on iPhone/iPad) next to the file or folder you’d like to delete.
  3. Tap Delete.
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Permanently delete a file or folder

Follow the instructions below to permanently delete a file or folder on Permanently deleted files and folders can’t be restored.

You can permanently delete any file or folder that you own. You can only permanently delete files and folders that you don’t own if:

  • You’re a Dropbox team admin.
  • You’re not an admin, but you’re the only person who has taken any actions on or edited the file or folder.

To permanently delete a file or folder on 

  1. Follow the instructions in the above section to delete the file or folder on
  2. Click Deleted files in the left sidebar.
  3. Check the box next to the file or folder you’d like to permanently delete.
  4. Click Permanently delete.
  5. Enter the password you use to log into your Dropbox account.
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Note: If you typically log in using your Apple or Google account and don’t have a Dropbox password, or if you forgot your Dropbox password, click Forgot your password? and follow the steps to create a new one. Once that process is completed, you can go back through these steps to finish permanently deleting a file or folder.

  1. Click Permanently delete again to confirm.

Deleting Send and track files

Adding a file to the Send and track feature from your local drive, OneDrive, or Google Drive creates a file copy in the “Send and track” folder. This copy takes up storage space and counts towards your storage limit.

Deleting this copy from the “Send and track” folder automatically removes the file stored in Send and track, along with any associated metadata and analytics. Restoring the file copy restores the Send and track file and its data.
Adding a file to Send and track directly from your Dropbox account doesn’t create an additional file copy in the “Send and track” folder.

Deleting the original file from your Dropbox account automatically removes it, and any associated metadata and analytics, from Send and track as well. Restoring the original file restores the Send and track file and its data. 
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Note: Deleting file copies in Send and track is permanent. Any metadata and data analytics associated with that file can’t be recovered, even if the source file is left intact.

Deleting files directly in Send and track won’t affect the source files in your Dropbox account, local drive, OneDrive, Google Drive, or the “Send and track” folder. 
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