Who can get updates
Only people with an editor role in an organization or workspace can access the branching feature.
Anyone with can view or can edit access to a branch can receive updates from the main file.
Anyone with can edit access to the main file can create and receive updates for all branches on the file.
If changes are made in the main file, you'll be notified in any branch you have view or edit access to. You then have the option to apply those updates to your branch.
It's not possible to choose which changes from the main file you want to apply. You'll need to receive all updates from the main file.
If there are changes to layers you are editing in your branch, you may need to resolve conflicts. You can do this when new changes are available, or when you go to merge the branch.
Caution: If you have an active memory limit banner in your file, you can't review and merge changes. Figma will disable the Review and merge changes setting. To get updates from the main file or merge a branch, you need to reduce your memory usage.
Apply any changes
When you accept updates, Figma applies any changes to existing layers, components, or styles in your branch. If new assets were created in the main file, Figma will also add these to your branch. If you've created new assets in your branch, these changes won't have any affect on those assets.
- Expand the menu next to the file/branch name in the toolbar.
- Select Update from main... to preview any updates.
- View a list of items that have been , , or . You can see a preview of the latest versions, but it's not a before and after of what's changed.
- Select Apply changes to apply all updates to your branch.
If other collaborators have been continuing to make changes to the main file, you may have conflicting changes. This means one or more of the elements you've made changes to has been updated in the main file.
Figma will let you know if there are any conflicting changes from the Update from main file modal.
- Click Resolve conflicts to view any conflicts.
- View a list of conflicts in the left sidebar.
- Select an option from the list to review the conflicting changes side-by-side. The version from the main file (source) is on the left and the branch on the right.
- Select which version you would like to use. Figma will add a badge next to the conflict to show whether you selected the
- Repeat the process for the remaining conflicts. You'll need to choose a version for every conflict.
- To quickly select the same option for every conflict, use the Resolve all menu. Choose from:
- Pick main file to use the latest changes from the main file
- Pick branch to keep the changes in your branch.
- When you have a selection for every conflict, click Next to move to the next step.
- You can now preview any other updates from the main file, if there are any. Click Apply changes to apply those updates.
- Figma will apply updates from the main file return you to the branch. You can then continue to edit your branch. If you're receiving updates as part of a branch merge, you can complete the rest of the process.
Reverse or undo updates
If you want to undo or reverse a branch update, you can restore a previous version of the branch. If you notice something doesn’t look right after a merge or update, read our Incomplete updates and merges article.
- From the branch, click the next to the file/branch name in the toolbar.
- Select Show version history to open version history in the right sidebar.
- Select a version before the update from the main file.
- Right-click the version or click the and select Restore this version.
- Figma will add two autosave checkpoints to the file's version history. A checkpoint that saves the current version. This is an autosaved version with a timestamp that matches the current time. A checkpoint at the same timestamp for the version you just restored.
- Click Done in the toolbar to exit version history.