What happens when I delete a file from my Dropbox account?

When you delete a file from Dropbox, it's no longer visible in any of the folders you see in your account. However, the file isn’t permanently deleted until after your recovery window:

  • Dropbox Basic and Plus accounts can recover deleted files for 30 days
  • Dropbox Business accounts can recover deleted files for 120 days
  • Dropbox Professional accounts can recover deleted files for 180 days

After this recovery window, all files are permanently deleted.

What happens when I permanently delete a file or folder?

When you permanently delete a file or folder, it’s no longer visible in any of your folders and you won’t be able to recover it. 

What happens when I delete a shared folder?

If you delete a file from a shared folder, any member of the folder can restore the file.

If you own the shared folder:

  • After you permanently delete it, the folder is deleted from the Dropbox accounts of all members and their access is permanently removed
  • If you want to leave members with a copy of the folder, you can just unshare it instead

If you don’t own the shared folder:

  • Permanently deleting it removes the folder from your Dropbox account
  • All other members of the folder still have access

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