How To Restore Deleted Files From Online Storage Sites?

How To Restore Deleted Files From Online Storage Sites?

Do you need to track and restore a previously deleted file? There are ways to get your files back, whether you use Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. This is how. Here’s how.

Don’t worry if you use an online storage site and lose a significant document, photo, or file. A recycle bin or trash folder that has deleted files is supported by services such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive.

How To Restore Deleted Files From Online Storage Sites?

These files are saved up to 30 days after deletion, so you will need to be quick if you want to recover something. For each major storage site, the basic procedure is the same, but steps can differ slightly. Here’s how to restore deleted files from a website.



You can restore a deleted file for up to 30 days by using a free Dropbox personal account. A business account with Dropbox extends the limit to 120 days. From the homepage of Dropbox, click the link Files and choose Deleted Files from the sidebar menu. You can browse the file list or use the search bar. Click on the appropriate file and pick Restore from the right pane.

How to restore files in Dropbox:

  • On, navigate to the Deleted files page
  • Select the recoverable files or folders you’d like to recoup, and click restore.
  • Dropbox keeps your deleted files and edits for up to 180 days, depending on your plan.



Box has a Trash folder on the sidebar menu of the website. To hunt the missing file, click on the folder or seek the file by name from the search box at the top of the list. When you find the address, right-click and select Restore.

How to restore files in Box:

  • Visit the Box website
  • Find Trash folder in the lest menu
  • Find your file you need to restore.
  • Click restore against the file

Google Drive

google drive

If you are using Google Drive, click the Trash icon in the left sidebar to see any files. You can also use the Search field and if the file is found in the Garbage, Google will warn you. Right-click on the file and click Restore. Google Drive once kept files forever in the folder Trash, but they are now removed 30 days later.

How to restore files in Google Drive:

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. On the left, click Trash.
  3. Click the file you want to restore.
  4. At the top, click Restore Restore from trash

iCloud Drive

icloud drive

On iCloud Drive, in the lower right corner of the site, click Recently Removed. Pick your desired file and press Recover. Tap on your account profile image in the top right to find old deleted files and select Account Settings. Scroll down to the Advanced section where you can choose to restore deleted files, contacts, calendars and bookmarks. Press Restore Files and pick the appropriate file, then click Restore.

  1. In iCloud Drive on, click Recently Deleted in the lower right-hand corner of the window.
  2. Click Recover All, or select each file you want to recover, then click Recover.



If you are using iDrive, in the left pane, click the Trash option. To check out your deleted file, pick either View deleted backup files or View deleted sync files. Pick the file to be retrieved and press the Return button.

To restore files from Trash, 

  1. Click View Trash under Restore tab.

  2.  Select the desired files/folders and click .

Microsoft OneDrive


OneDrive has a recycling bin that saves previously deleted files 30 days prior to permanent deletion. If you have a work or school account, you will have up to 93 days to recover your files.

You can recover your deleted files by opening the recycle bin or by name searching the particular file. Choose the file and press Restore to return it. All items in the bin can also be recovered.

  1. In the navigation pane, select Recycle bin.A screenshot showing the Recycle Bin tab in
  2. Select the files or folders you want to restore by pointing to each item and clicking the circle check box that appears, and then click Restore.

    OneDrive Recycle Bin view showing the 'Show personal vault items' option

How To Restore Deleted Files From Online Storage Sites?

Rajat Singh
Rajat Singh is the chief Author at Bioinformatics India, he has been writing for the past 3 years and has a special interest in SEO, Technology, Health, Life Sciences and gaming.

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