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Delete Dropbox from iMac

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All photos in my Dropbox are on my iMac. I need to free up space on the hard drive and don't need them stored on my iMac. As long as I can access them through the Dropbox app, that is fine. If I remove them from my iMac, will they be deleted from Dropbox as well? Or am I safe to just remove them from my iMac? The Apple tech helping me indicated this may cause them to be deleted from Dropbox but, of course, he didn't want to say one way or another and said to check with you. Please help. Thank you in advance. 

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As it turns out, since the photos were in a folder on the iMac and not in the desktop app, the folder can be deleted and my photos are safe and sound in my Dropbox. I can access them through the Dropbox app from both my iPad as well as my Galaxy s10 phone. All is well. Thank you for responding! 

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Re: Delete Dropbox from iMac

Dropboxer

Hey @TeeAnn, I'd be happy to help. 

 

You are right, if you remove a file or photo by deleting it from your Dropbox folder or the desktop app, it'll be removed from your computer and your account. 

 

To save hard drive space, you can selectively sync whole folders from your desktop app's settings. 

 

That way, you remove content from being stored locally on your computer, but you still have access to it from the website and other connected devices. 

 

If you're on one of our paid subscriptions, you can also use Smart Sync, which keeps files locally without taking up too much storage.


I hope this helped shed some light, but let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!


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Re: Delete Dropbox from iMac

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As it turns out, since the photos were in a folder on the iMac and not in the desktop app, the folder can be deleted and my photos are safe and sound in my Dropbox. I can access them through the Dropbox app from both my iPad as well as my Galaxy s10 phone. All is well. Thank you for responding! 

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Dropboxer

Oh, that's great, @TeeAnn! Glad to hear that you were able to sort things out.

 

If anything else comes up, just give us another nudge. 

 

In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!


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