How to use Dropbox Rewind

Dropbox Rewind is a tool that lets you undo a large number of changes at once. It’s most useful when a major data-loss incident occurs, like if a virus infects your account.

This feature is available to Dropbox Plus, Family, Professional, and Business accounts. Learn how to upgrade your account

Are you an admin on a Dropbox Business team?

Learn how you can manage Rewind settings for your entire team.

If you don't need to undo a large number of changes, there are other steps you can take:

Dropbox Rewind uses your version history to undo changes made to your files and folders.

  • Dropbox Plus and Family accounts can recover any file edits or deletions made within the last 30 days
  • Dropbox Business accounts can recover any file edits or deletions made within the last 180 days, unless you have the extended version history (EVH) or unlimited version history (UVH) add-on
  • Dropbox Professional accounts can recover any file edits or deletions made within the last 180 days

Dropbox Rewind will undo:

  • File edits, renames, additions, and deletions
  • Actions taken in shared folders, including those owned by other people
  • Actions taken in Dropbox Business team folders that you’re a member of and have edit access to

Dropbox Rewind will not undo:

  • Permanently deleted files
  • Changes made to Paper docs (unless you’re using the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper)
  • Changes to files or folders owned by other teams
  • File history (the rewind will just be added to your history)
  • File or folder membership changes—for example, if you were removed from a shared folder, rewinding will not add you back to that folder

Additionally, Dropbox Rewind won’t recover any changes made earlier than your account’s version history.

How to use Dropbox Rewind

On dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
    • If you’re on dropbox.com on a mobile device, tap "" (ellipsis) at the top right of your screen.
  3. If you want to rewind your entire Dropbox account, click Rewind Dropbox on the right. If you just want to rewind a specific folder, open the desired folder and click Rewind this folder. All folders within that folder will also be rewound.  

Dropbox Business: If you’re on a Dropbox Business team, click Rewind Dropbox to rewind your personal files and shared folders. 

  •  Note: If you see a purple folder with your name on it, open that folder and click Rewind Dropbox to rewind your personal and shared folders

Then, click a team folder and click Rewind this folder to rewind your team files. Repeat this step for each team folder.

  1. Click Get started. You’ll see a graph that measures your folder’s activity by day.
  2. Click on the graph to pick a day.
    • We recommend you pick a day right before the incident occurred, which will usually appear as a spike on the graph 
  3. Click Continue.
  4. From the Fine tune list, find the earliest change you want to undo and click the blue line below it.
    • All file changes above the blue line will appear greyed out—this means they’ll be undone after the rewind
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Click Rewind. You'll receive an email once the Rewind is complete.

From the Dropbox folder on your computer

  1. Open the Dropbox folder on your computer in Finder (Mac) or File Explorer (Windows).
  2. Right-click the folder you want to rewind.
  3. Click Rewind.
  4. Click Get started. You’ll see a graph that measures your folder’s activity by day.
  5. Click on the graph to pick a day.
    • We recommend you pick a day right before the incident occurred, which will usually appear as a spike on the graph 
  6. Click Continue.
  7. From the Fine tune list, find the earliest change you want to undo and click the blue line below it.
    • All file changes above the blue line will appear greyed out—this means they’ll be undone after the rewind
  8. Click Continue.
  9. Click Rewind. You'll receive an email once the Rewind is complete.

Note: Dropbox Rewind is not available from the Dropbox mobile app or the Dropbox desktop app.

Click Rewind folder, select a point in time, click Next, and then click Rewind.

Dropbox Rewind: admin settings for Dropbox Business teams

By default, only admins on Dropbox Business teams can use Dropbox Rewind. However, admins can change this setting to allow team members to use Dropbox Rewind. To do so:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com with your admin credentials.
  2. Click Admin Console.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Under Content, click Rewind.
  5. Click the dropdown menu next to Set who can rewind folders, and select Everyone on your team or Only team admins.
    • If you choose Everyone on your team, team members will be able to rewind their personal folders, shared folders, as well as team folders.
    • If you choose Only team admins, team members will not be able to rewind any folders in their account. 

Note: Admins can't sign in as a team member to rewind their team member's account. They can only allow the team member to rewind their own account.

What should I do after I use Dropbox Rewind?

After you’ve used Dropbox Rewind, we recommend that you:

  • Check your account on dropbox.com to make sure the correct changes were made
  • Wait for all content to sync to linked devices before making any changes

If you realized you’d like to rewind to an earlier point in time, you can do so by following the steps to use Dropbox Rewind and choosing an earlier point in the File Activity graph or Fine tune list. 

Can I undo Dropbox Rewind?

Yes, you can undo Dropbox Rewind by rewinding your account to a time before the first rewind took place. 

For example, if today at 4 PM, you rewound your account to 3 days ago, you would use Dropbox Rewind to revert your account to a time before today at 4 PM. 

How far back can Dropbox rewind?

Dropbox Rewind can only undo changes made with your account’s version history

Still have questions? 

Check out a list of FAQs about Dropbox Rewind.

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