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Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Neil B.18
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I have a professional account. Smart Sync appears in preferences for my MacBook Pro but not my new Mac Studio. I manually have to download Dropbox files to the Mac Studio but everything works automatically with the MacBook Pro. Both are running macOS Monterey Version 12.3.1. The Dropbox folder for the MacBook Pro is in my user folder. The The Dropbox folder for the Mac Studio is in /Users/myusername/Library/CloudStorage/Dropbox. Both computers are running Dropbox version 147.3.4786. I have the preference to get early releases checked in my settings. I much prefer the set-up on the MacBook Pro. Can I configure the Dropbox on the Mac Studio to be the same?

 

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Re: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Hannah
Dropbox Staff

Hey @Neil B.18, thanks for bringing this to our attention.

 

Would you mind giving me a bit more insight on the differences between the two computers?

 

For example, do you see different options when you right/control click on files in your Dropbox folders?

 

On your Mac Studio, when you double-click online only files, do they sync?

 

If you can send us a few screenshots showing this, it would also be super helpful.

 

Thanks.


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Re: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Neil B.18
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Yes, I see different options when I right/control click on files in my Dropbox folders.

 

Yes, when I double-click online only files on the Mac Studio they open and download for offline use. I can pick multiple files, right/control click on them and choose "offline use" but this is not always reliable.

 

I've attached images of the different preference choices for sync and the different results from right/control clicking on files in the two computers. Both files were already downloaded to Dropbox so the "offline option" is not visible in them. In both cases, more options are seen on the MPP than the Mac Studio.

 

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Re: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Neil B.18
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The Dropbox installation on the MacBook Pro (M1 Max) was originally on an Intel MacBook Pro and migrated to the new computer, then updated automatically.

 

The Dropbox installation on the Mac studio (M1 Max) was a clean installation with the installation file from the Dropbox website.

 

Both have exactly the same chip, the same amount of RAM, and the same version of the operating system: macOS Monterey Version 12.3.1.

 

 

Re: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Jay
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Thanks for the details, @Neil B.18, I'd recommend getting in contact with the support team directly for further assistance.

Once you get a ticket ID from the automated response, please let me know the number here so I can locate it in our system.


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Re: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Neil B.18
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Thanks. The issue is resolved.

 

Ticket #16542466: DB: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

 

They suggested I install the latest production version from the website. After I deleted all old Dropbox files I could find, I installed v146.4.4836 and all is well. All was not well when I tried to install v146.4.4836 over the newer beta version - the same issues were present. I had to delete all files and start over.

 

They also suggested I opt out of pre-release versions in my settings.

 

Thanks for everyone's help!

Re: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Jay
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Thanks for the update, @Neil B.18, I'm glad to hear that you were able to resolve the issue. 

 

If you need any further assistance in future, please let us know. Enjoy your week!


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Re: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Neil B.18
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Thanks. I spoke too soon. Most but not all issues are resolved.

 

Everything works perfectly on the Mac Studio.

 

On the MacBook Pro, everything works but the little green (sync) or blue (sync in progress) icons do not show up. I tried reinstalling the current version of Dropbox, also per online instructions posted by a Dropboxer: quit Dropbox, go to activity monitor, force quit dropbox finder extension, restart Dropbox, relaunch Finder. No luck.

 

Any other suggestions?

Re: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Jay
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Do any icons appear in Finder on that machine for the Dropbox folder? Could you attach a screenshot showing this in more detail, while hiding any personal info?


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Re: Smart Sync Does Not Appear in Preferences

Neil B.18
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The Dropbox folder and the Dropbox folder in the Finder window sidebar show the Dropbox logo. The only thing missing is the little green or blue icons denoting sync status.

 

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