How To Recover Figma File

When working with Figma, a cloud-based design tool, you can experience pure delight due to its vast array of features and user-friendly interface. However, as with any online platform, there may be instances when you mistakenly delete or misplace your Figma file. If you find yourself in this predicament, there is no need to worry. This blog post will provide step-by-step instructions on how to retrieve your lost Figma file.

Understanding Figma’s Auto Save

What’s fantastic about Figma is that it has an auto-save feature. This means that as long as you’re connected to the internet, all your changes are automatically saved. So, even if you accidentally close the tab or your computer suddenly shuts down, you don’t have to worry about losing your work.

Recovering Deleted Figma Files

But what if you inadvertently deleted a file? First off, know that Figma sends deleted files to a ‘Deleted files’ folder where they reside for 30 days before being permanently deleted. To restore a file from here, follow these steps:

  1. Click on your Figma workspace name, usually located at the top-left part of the screen.
  2. Select ‘Deleted files’ from the dropdown menu. You will be presented with a list of all deleted files.
  3. Find the file you want to restore, right-click on it, and select ‘Restore’. Your file should now be back in your drafts or the original location.

Restoring a Previous Version of a Figma File

If you’ve made changes to a file and wish to revert to a previous version, you can do so thanks to Figma’s version history. Here’s how:

  1. Open the file in Figma.
  2. Click on the ‘File name’ in the toolbar and select ‘Show version history’.
  3. Scroll through the version history until you find the version you want to restore, and click on ‘Restore this version.’

Remember, Figma’s version history is available only to those on the professional plan. If you’re using the free plan, consider upgrading to access this very useful feature.


While losing your work due to accidental deletion or wanting to revert to a previous version can be frustrating, Figma has excellent features that allow you to recover your files with little fuss. As long as you know where to look and what steps to follow, you can rest easy knowing your designs are safe and recoverable.