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Recover older versions of files

Dropbox keeps snapshots of all changes made to files in your Dropbox within the past 30 days (or longer with Extended Version History or Dropbox Business). You can recover older versions of files, restore deleted files, or undo deletion events.

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Return to an older version of a file on dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Right-click the file and select Version history.
    • Alternatively, you can click the white space beside your file's name to highlight it, and then click More to reveal the Version history option.
    • If you delete the file by accident, click the trash can icon to see all deleted files, right-click the file, and select Restore… In the pop-up window that appears, click View other versions.
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  3. Find the version of the file you'd like to return to.
  4. Select Restore.

Return to an older version of a file from the Dropbox badge

  1. Click the Dropbox badge.
  2. From the pop-out window, click Version history
View file history with the Dropbox badge

A browser window opens at dropbox.com with a full list of file revisions for your document. Follow the dropbox.com instructions to return to a older version or restore a file removed by accident.

Return to an older version of a file on Windows

  1. Right-click the file.
  2. Hover your mouse over the Dropbox submenu and select Version history.
  3. Follow the dropbox.com instructions to return to a older version or restore a file removed by accident.

Return to an older version of a file on a Mac

  1. Hit control on your keyboard and simultaneously click the file.
  2. Select View Previous Versions.
  3. Follow the dropbox.com instructions to return to a older version or restore a file removed by accident.

Return to an older version of a file on Linux

  1. Right-click the file.
  2. Select Version history
  3. Follow the dropbox.com instructions to return to a older version or restore a file removed by accident.

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Keep a year of data with Extended Version History

You can upgrade your account to include the Extended Version History feature, which allows you to return to older versions or recover a deleted file at any time within a year of an edit or deletion (effective from the date of purchase). Learn more about Extended Version History.