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.
If you don't need to undo a large number of changes, there are other steps you can take:
This feature is only available to Dropbox Plus and Professional accounts. Learn how to upgrade your account
Dropbox Rewind uses your version history to undo changes made to your files and folders.
- Dropbox Basic and Plus accounts can recover any file edits or deletions made within the last 30 days
- Dropbox Professional accounts can recover any file edits or deletions made within the last 180 days
Rewinding a Dropbox folder will undo all:
- File edits, renames, additions, and deletions
- Actions taken in shared folders, including those owned by other people
- Any content owned by a Dropbox Business team or that you have view-only access to won’t be affected
Rewinding a Dropbox folder will not undo any:
- Changes made to Paper docs
- Team-owned content
- 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 permanently deleted files or changes made earlier than your account’s version history.
How to use Dropbox Rewind
Note: Dropbox Rewind is unavailable on the Dropbox mobile app. To use Dropbox Rewind:
- Sign in to dropbox.com.
- If you’re on the Dropbox desktop app, right-click the folder you want to rewind, click Rewind, and skip to step 5
- Click Files.
- If you’re on dropbox.com on your phone, click … (ellipses) at the top right of your screen.
- If you want to rewind your entire Dropbox account, click Rewind Dropbox on the right.
- If you want to rewind a specific folder, open the desired folder and click Rewind this folder.
- All folders within that folder will also be rewound
- Click Get started. You’ll see a graph that measures your folder’s activity by day.
- 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
- Click Continue.
- 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
- Click Continue.
- Click Rewind. The loading screen will update once the rewind is complete.
Click Rewind folder, select a point in time, click Next, and then click Rewind.
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.