How to sync Dropbox files between devices


Using Dropbox is a great way to make sure that you have the files you need when you need them. Syncing your files across devices allows you to keep your files up-to-date across your computers and mobile devices. If you edit a document on your computer, it syncs with Dropbox and you can access the new version from your mobile device.


How to sync Dropbox

Once you have either downloaded and authenticated within the Dropbox app or, file syncing will work automatically making it accessible on any authenticated computer or mobile device.

For more information, please consult the How to sync Dropbox: an overview article from Dropbox.

How to use selective sync

Selective sync allows you to backup folders to Dropbox and remove them from your hard drive. The folders are kept in your Dropbox account and require the Dropbox desktop application.

To activate selective sync for your chosen folders:

  1. Open your Dropbox desktop app preferences
  2. Select the Sync tab
  3. Under Selective Sync, click Choose folders (macOS) or Selective Sync… (Windows).
  4. Check the folders you would like saved on your hard drive. Uncheck the folders you’d like removed (and synced with Dropbox).
  5. Click Update.

For more information, please consult the How to use selective sync article from Dropbox.


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