How long does Dropbox keep my deleted files and information?

Dropbox saves deleted and previous versions of files for a specific period of time in case you want to recover them. After this period of time, the deleted files are marked for deletion in our system and are purged from our servers. They can no longer be recovered.

The period of time files are available for recovery depends on your Dropbox plan:

  • Dropbox Basic (free) and Plus users have 30 days
  • Dropbox Plus users who previously purchased extended version history have a full year (however, this add-on is no longer available for purchase)
  • Dropbox Professional and Business users (Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, or Education), have 120 days to recover files

Permanently deleting files

You can permanently delete files to purge them from our servers as soon as possible.

Dropbox Business users: The ability to permanently delete files may be limited to your team’s admin.

Deleting your account

If you delete your Dropbox account, your files and account information will be purged from our servers after 30 days.

See the "Retention" section in our Privacy Policy for more details.

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