Are you wondering how to restore a Google Drive file to the previous date?
There are many reasons you may wish to revert a Google Drive file to a previous state. For example, a file can end up being corrupted or you can mistakenly overwrite the file. The version management feature in Google Drive allows you to easily perform this operation.
Here is how to do that:
- Right-click on a file you want to revert to a previous version and select Manage versions. You can also click on the version icon in the right panel:
- Download the previous version of file:
- To revert to an earlier version, click Upload New Version, find the file you have downloaded in the previous step, and click Open.
There are several limitations to Google Drive’s version history:
- File revisions are only kept for up to 30 days. A third-party tool, such as cloudHQ backup, is required to restore beyond the 30-days window
- No more than 100 file revisions are kept for any file. A third-party tool, such as cloudHQ backup, is required to backup more than 100 file versions.
- There is no version history kept for folder structures in Google Drive or Shared drives. In Google Drive or Shared drives, there is no way to recover a folder to a previous state. A third-party tool, such as cloudHQ backup, is required in order to keep a version history of a Google Drive folder.