Restore a Deleted File in Dropbox or Get Back a Previous Version

Dropbox has a handy feature that allows you to restore a previous version of a file, or one you might have accidentally deleted. Here’s how to use this life saving feature.

Dropbox has a handy feature that allows you to restore a previous version of a file, or a deleted one. It’s useful, especially when you’ve made modifications and lost something important. And, it’s easy to restore previous versions.

Restore Previous File Versions in Dropbox

Finding a previous version of a file can be done in two ways. The first one is to open the Dropbox folder on your computer, find the file you want, then right click it. In the menu, go to Dropbox, then View Previous Versions.

dropbox view previous versions

You’ll be taken to a page on the Dropbox website where you’ll see all previous versions of your file. Select the one you want, click Restore and you’ll have that one in your Dropbox.

dropbox previous versions

This works essentially the same way if you’re using the Dropbox on the web too. Right click the file you need and select Previous Versions in the menu.

dropbox previous versions web

Restore Deleted Files from Dropbox

Dropbox also allows you to recover deleted files. Log into your account, and on the top right side, click Show Deleted Files.

dropbox show deleted files

Once you’ve clicked it, every folder in your Dropbox will also show the files you’ve deleted from it, marked accordingly.

dropbox deleted files



  1. Steve Krause

    February 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I use these features all the time on Dropbox and Sugarsync. Saves me every time!

    And if you want to get really tricky, save your other TEMP folders into the dropbox folders. Microsoft Office works this way perfectly —

    • Bogdan Bele

      February 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      It really saved me a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know where I would’ve taken those pictures from if it weren’t for this feature. I thought it really needed a write-up :)

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