How to recover or restore deleted files or folders in Dropbox

To restore deleted files or folders:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Files in the left sidebar.
  3. Click Deleted files in the left sidebar.
  4. Click on the name of the deleted file or folder you want to recover.
    • You can select multiple files or folders at once by clicking the checkbox icon
  5. Click Restore. Restorations can take time if you’re restoring a large number of files.

Note: You can restore a shared file only if you had Can edit access to it. If you had Can view access to a shared file, you won’t be able to restore it. 

Not using Dropbox yet? See how Dropbox makes file recovery and history easy.


Video: How to restore a previous version of a file

This video is an overview of version history.

Note: This video mentions a 120-day version history. However, this window varies depending on your Dropbox plan. See the information below for details about your plan.

Dropbox Basic and Plus accounts can recover any file edits or deletions made within the last 30 days. 

Dropbox Professional and Business accounts can recover any file edits or deletions made within the last 180 days. 

If your files are missing or you have a large number of files to recover

Learn how to find or restore missing or corrupted files.

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