Solution: How to Restore Folder in Dropbox?

Wondering how to restore folder in Dropbox? Check this guide to recover them after you have accidentally deleted folder in Dropbox.


By Lora / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Why did my Dropbox folder disappear?

Dropbox provides cloud storage services for users, facilitating them to manage, store, back up, and share their files with team members in work and life. No doubt that many people are willing to have it installed.

During file processing and organizing, some unexpected accidents also occur.


How can I restore a deleted folder?


I'm slightly new to Dropbox and I accidentally archived an entire much-needed folder, where did it go? How can I get it back?


- Question from DropboxForum


It seems that many users have accidentally or permanently deleted files or folders in Dropbox. Many folders contain a large number of files, which is much more urgent than restoring Dropbox deleted files.

If you are wondering how to restore folder in Dropbox, take it easy, this tutorial will teach you some feasible means.


How to restore folder in Dropbox?

After you have accidentally deleted folder in Dropbox, what to do? Dropbox-provided tools and a recommended data recovery application would be of some help.

Solution 1. Restore deleted folder in Dropbox via Deleted Files

First of all, similar to recovering recently deleted files/folders, you will immediately turn to the Recycle Bin.

But due to a lot of reasons you might find deleted folders not in Recycle Bin. If so, you could still seek help from Dropbox.

This folder only supports deleted data recovery within 30/120/180 days according to whether you are using Basic, Pro, Family, or Business accounts.

Step 1. Sign in or start your Dropbox > go to Deleted files in the left toolbar > choose the folder you need > click Restore.


Step 2. Click Restore/Restore all files. You could select multiple files/folders to restore at a time.


Then the deleted folder will be reverted to its original location.

Solution 2. Recover deleted folder in Dropbox via Events

Another feature in Dropbox could offer some help. All changes you have made will be recorded in the Events, including deletion, editing, adding, etc. It is similar to the Dropbox rewind feature to some degree.

All events are in chronological order, helping you trace back to the exact events you need.

Notes: if you could not find the Events entrance, visit Dropbox Events.

Step 1. Sign in > go to Events > trace back to the date when you deleted the folder > click the folder.


Step 2. Check if your folder is there > click Restore.


In this way, you could solve the problem of how to restore folder in Dropbox from Events.

Solution 3. Restore folder in Dropbox older than 30/120 days

At most, Dropbox will store your deleted files and folders for 180 days; if you didn’t upgrade or subscribe to any plan, you can only recover a deleted file in 30 days.

What’s more, if you have permanently deleted the files/folders, there is no way to get them back using Dropbox.


At this time, you need to seek help from a professional Windows data rescue tool to recover permanently deleted files.

Using a good tool could save you lots of time and labor, providing an efficient and easeful user experience for you. In general, you could seek an app that has these features:

Easy to use, setting no barriers for users. 
Recover both deleted and missing files from healthy/formatted hard drives. 
Scan the hard drive to recover data quickly and completely. 
Support a wide range of operating system versions and file systems.

MyRecover will be a good option due to its efficiency, convenience, and safety. Apart from the features mentioned above, it also possesses these:

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  • Scan and restore 200+ types of data, including photos, videos, office files, zip files, etc.
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  • Use advanced scanning methods to search for deleted/lost data very quickly.
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How to recover deleted folder in Dropbox after permanent deleting? Use this tool to solve your problem.

Step 1. Run the software > hover the mouse over the drive that contains the deleted folder > click Scan.


Step 2. During scanning, preview, or select files to restore right now.


Step 3. Go to Deleted files > navigate to the original location > click Recover x files. If didn’t find it, go to Other missing files to seek the specific types of data.


Within 3 steps, you could recover the accidentally deleted folder in Dropbox. Using this app to recover data from formatted hard drive is also feasible.

Q&A about Dropbox file recovery

Solutions of how to restore folder in Dropbox are all covered in this post. All you need to do is to check your Deleted files folder and the Events page; or much more effectively, turn to MyRecover.

If you need to recover data from multiple machines, upgrading to the Tech version will be preferable.

Extra info is provided here in case you need it.

Has Dropbox ever lost anyone's data permanently?

Due to app error, unstable network connection, improper operations, etc., you might meet data loss from Dropbox. To prevent more data loss, it is suggested to create more than one backup copy of your important files.

AOMEI Backupper would be a good choice due to its useful features, like Disk Backup, File Backup, Partition Backup, etc.

What will happen to Dropbox folder if I uninstall Dropbox app?

App uninstallation won’t affect your files on the computer or on Dropbox. And meanwhile, the Dropbox folder will not sync anymore.

After the uninstallation, you could remove the Dropbox folder from your computer as well safely.

Does Dropbox delete files after inactivity?

According to the latest Dropbox using terms, it states that:


We reserve the right to delete or disable content alleged to be infringing and terminate accounts of repeat infringers.


And also, it states that:


We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to the Services with notice to you if:

3). you don’t have a Paid Account and haven't accessed our Services for 12 consecutive months.


It only terminates and deletes data/accounts that are illegal. Also, after a long time of inactivity, the accounts will be removed. If your Dropbox is in normal use, your account and your files will be safe.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.