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How to Restore a Deleted File in Figma

How to Restore a Deleted File in Figma

Pierluigi Giglio
September 27, 2023

We’re sure everyone has regretted deleting a file before. This be a project, a folder, and in this case, a design file. Maybe you deleted it by accident, or maybe you just realized you needed that file.

But you don’t need to worry. Figma does allow restoring deleted files, for any time being. Figma also allows you to see the Version History for a particular project, so you can view & restore previous drafts of your file. 

Read on to find out how to restore a deleted file in Figma, and how to access Version History for your project.

How can I restore a deleted file in Figma?

1. The first method is the quick one – you can use this the next time you delete a file.

As soon as you delete a file, a small panel shows up at the bottom of your screen.

Undo option

You just click undo, and the file will automatically be in your drafts again.

2. The second method is useful for files that have been deleted for a while. This time you’ll need to navigate to the Deleted section in Figma.

To do this, first go to your Drafts.

Figma Drafts

At the top of the screen, there are two sections. Drafts, and Deleted. Click on Deleted.

Deleted section

Here, you can see all the files you’ve ever deleted. If you want, you can arrange them by date, or by file type. This can help you find the file you want faster.

Sort by date

To restore the file you will right-click on it, and choose Restore from the options.


And that’s it! Your file will now be in your Drafts/Recents again. 

How do I see the Version History of my Figma project?

Figma does allow you to access previous drafts of your projects. And quite easy too.

1. Open the project.

2. Click on the Main Menu (Figma icon) on the top left side of your screen.

Main Menu

3. Click on File > Show Version History from the options.

Show version history

4. Click any past version from your recent saves.

Past versions

It’s worth noting that if you haven’t saved any versions manually, these will be only the autosaved drafts of your project.

If you want to add to version history while editing, press Ctrl + Alt + S. Or just follow the path Main menu > File > Save to version history

Saving previous drafts throughout the editing process can be very useful for you. It will save you plenty of time if you later want to access older versions of your project, or if you can’t decide between multiple ideas.

How can I restore previous versions of my Figma project?

You’ll need to access the Version History (Main menu > File > Show version history). 

Then, right-click on any of the versions you want to restore. Click on Restore this version from the menu. 

Restore this version

Typically, it takes a little time for the version to be restored. But once it’s done, you’ll find it in your drafts.

We hope this guide was useful to you, and that you now know how to restore deleted files and previous versions of your project in Figma.

If you want to learn more about Figma, we have plenty of easy guides on our website. Please feel free to visit our resources & other articles!

Pierluigi Giglio

Sr. UI/UX Designer and Consultant with over 10+ years of experience working with Fortune 500, large enterprises and funded startups. Having worked on hundreds upon hundreds of design projects, collaborated with 40+ clients from all around the world and taught design to thousands of students I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to give back to the design community and help other become better designers.

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