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Introducing version history for Proton Drive

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When you use Proton Drive, you’re often entrusting us with files that are irreplaceable: the deed to your home, your work contract, or family photos. We take this duty seriously, which is why we’re happy to announce Proton Drive’s new version control feature allows you to restore old versions of your files as needed.

Version control lets you protect your files from being accidentally overwritten or altered. It can also help you recover from instances of data corruption, such as a malware or ransomware attack. Now, if something happens to one of your files, you can simply pull up its version history and restore an older version as needed. 

If you’re on a Free plan, Proton Drive will store older versions of files for up to seven days. If you’re on a Proton Unlimited plan, Family plan, Visionary plan (legacy users), or the Proton Drive Plus plan, you can access versions of your files that are up to 10 years old.

You can now upload documents, slides, graphics, and even code files to Proton Drive with peace of mind, knowing we’ve created a safe backup for each one. 

See the version history of your files

Manage your files with version history

Manage past versions of your files

By default, Proton Drive automatically saves older copies of your files in the version history whenever they are updated or replaced. This applies to all file formats, and these versions count toward your storage limit. 

Now, when you upload a file with the same name and extension on the web, you can choose to replace the previous file or keep both. If you choose to replace a file, it will be saved as a version that you can access later (how long it’s available depends on your plan).

The Windows Proton Drive app will also automatically create versions for synced files updated on your computer. In the future, as we introduce enhanced sharing functionalities, versions will play a vital role in tracking changes made by different users and preventing data loss due to overwriting.

Learn how to access previous file versions

Store file versions for up to 10 years

View version history

If you use the free version of Proton Drive, you can store up to 10 versions of each file or have versions that extend up to seven days in the past, whichever limit you hit first.

However, you can upgrade to Drive Plus or a bundle plan, such as our Unlimited plan, to get more flexibility as you can choose the time period for which revisions are saved. If you want to save storage space, you can also choose to not have any version history at all for your files. 

Choose a paid plan to save 200 versions of each file for up to 10 years.

Store your files on Proton Drive for peace of mind 

Version history is now available on the web app, and will be released on our other apps over the course of the year. As version history also helps you keep track of the changes you make to a file overtime, it’s the foundation for future product releases like collaborative sharing, collaborative document editing, and desktop apps for Windows and macOS.

We want to thank the Proton community, whose support has enabled us to build the privacy-focused services and features you want. With version history, you can have peace of mind knowing that Proton Drive automatically makes backups of your files. 

If you have comments or questions about Proton Drive’s version history feature, we want to hear them! Reach out to us on Twitter (new window)or Reddit(new window). Your feedback helps us ensure that our services meet your needs.  

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Anant Vijay(new window)

Anant is the senior product manager on Proton Drive. Before joining Proton, he had over 5 years of experience building tech product with majority of that time spent working in Silicon Valley. He holds master's degree in business from the Warwick Business School in the UK.

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