Hey @KenJ, thanks for joining us here!
As you've enabled computer backup by mistake when setting up the app, you can disable this with the steps outlined towards the bottom of this article.
Once this is disabled, you can then move the files from the backup folder in Dropbox back to their original locations on your computer.
If you have any trouble with disabling the backup, please do let me know and I'd be more than happy to help out.
Hope that helps!
Nope, this didn't work. Even after disabling Backup, the folders seem linked. I tried dragging all of the files from the Dropbox Downloads folder to my computer's Downloads folder, and was told that it was going to the same folder. They all appeared in the desktop download folder, but stayed in the Dropbox folder. Then, when I deleted them from the Dropbox folder, they all disappeared from the desktop Downloads folder too. Which is exactly what I was saying earlier: If I want them on my desktop now, I have to keep them in Dropbox. You're holding them hostage, and you want to charge me for it.
I'm having exactly the same problem and it is driving me NUTS...! I just set up a new iMac, and used Migration Assistant to transfer everything from the old iMac to the new one. But now, on starting the new iMac, I was presented with Dropbox sign-in and told to download the app, which I already had on the old iMac. Somehow in doing that, it started this stupid automatic backup of iMac.local to my Dropbox folder on BOTH iMac desktops. And there seems to be no way to turn it off! I already do automatic Time Machine backups, plus SuperDuper disk clone backups, every day. Plus all my Apple stuff is backed up to and syncs to iCloud. I do NOT need Dropbox backing up my computer as well. But as fast as I keep deleting the iMac.local file from my desktop Dropbox folder, it just keeps reappearing. And when I go to Preferences/Backups/Setup - all the boxes are once again ticked. I untick them - again - but there is no "Save" button. Just "Setup" and "Not now". I've tried both of those, but the f*#*#ing thing STILL keeps backing up.
HOW DO I TURN OFF BACKUPS???.
I still want my desktop Dropbox folder to sync, as it has always done, but I do NOT want automatic backups, especially by default, and especially ones that I seem unable to turn off. I want to put stuff into my Dropbox folder that I want in there, and that I want to sync across my devices. I do NOT want to use Dropbox as yet another cloud-syncing backup mechanism.
So - HOW DO I TURN IT OFF?
Hi @mikialmeria, it sounds like you enabled the automatic computer backup feature in the Dropbox desktop application. Could you first try disabling the computer backup from Dropbox using the steps in the above article to see if this helps?
Afterwards, you can move the folders and files back to their previous locations, which will also delete them from the Dropbox account online.
If you need any further assistance, please let me know!
Dropbox has access to my "documents" folder. I think I've accidentally ticked the box for that to happen. But I do not want Dropbox to have access to anything on my pc but my other shared folders. How can I restrict access to "documents"? I can't seem to find any solution.
I'm using the desktop app and have tried looking to restrict access on the web app too.
Thanks and best regards,
Thanks for reaching out to us here @Nazim Uddin Biplob!
When you have the chance, please check out Jay's post here for some more info on this.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Many of my files and documents have been loaded in Dropbox (I don't know how) and there is no space to receive documents shared by others. When I try to delete documents in Dropbox, they are also deleted in my computer.
How can I be sure to restore all documents in my computer and avoid that all is connected ?
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