Recover older versions of files

Dropbox keeps snapshots of all changes made to files in your Dropbox account within your version history. 

Not using Dropbox yet? See how Dropbox helps makes it easy to manage your document version history.

Dropbox Basic and Plus accounts can recover versions of a file made within the last 30 days. 

Dropbox Professional and Business accounts can recover versions of a file made within the last 180 days. 

How to return to an older version of a file

  1. Sign in to
    • If you’re on the desktop app, locate the desired file and skip to step 3
  2. Click Files.
  3. Click the checkbox next to the file you'd like to see previous versions of. 
    • If you’re using the desktop app, right-click the file
  4. Click Version history.
  5. Click on a version to preview it.
  6. Click Restore on the version you'd like to restore to. 
    • The same file will get replaced by the older version, so its name will stay the same

Your restored file will be immediately available on and will be available on the desktop app the moment it completes syncing.

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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