How to sync specific folders with Dropbox using Selective Sync

Last Updated on April 15, 2020 by Next Century

Selective Sync is a feature of the Dropbox desktop application that allows you to select only the folders you want to be synced to your computer. Selective Sync gives you the control to ensure you have only the files you need on any computer. It’s especially handy if you want to save space on netbooks and other computers with small hard drives.

To enable Selective Sync, head to your Dropbox preferences from your desktop:

  • Click on the Dropbox icon  from the system tray

  • Click on your initials which should be in a circle top right and select Preferences… from the menu

  • Click the Sync along the top menu and then Selective Sync…

    Dropbox Business users: If you have connected your personal and work Dropboxes, you'll also need to select the Dropbox for which you want to change settings at the top of the tab.

  • A window will appear with a list of all the top level folders in your Dropbox folder.

    The folders with a check next to them will be synced to your computer. Uncheck any folders that you don’t need to sync to your computer’s hard drive.

  • When you are done with your selection, select Update

Any folders you deselected will be removed from your hard drive, but will still be available through the website and on any computers linked to your Dropbox account.

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