​​Prevent Dropbox Business team members from permanently deleting files

By default, the person who uploads a file or the owner of a shared folder or Paper doc can permanently delete files in Dropbox. However, the team admin of a Dropbox Business account can limit the ability to permanently delete content to team admins only.

How to prevent team members from permanently deleting files

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com with your admin credentials.
  2. Click Admin Console.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Choose Deletions.
  5. Change the setting to Off.


  • If Deletions are set to Off, team admins can permanently delete files by signing in as a user.
  • This setting applies to both files in Dropbox and docs or folders in Dropbox Paper.
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