Dropbox was a Sync utility. The best.
Why did you destroy the very essence of the "Sync" part?
Smart-Sync is an abomination. It is exactly the opposite of Sync. You should name it No-Sync or Smart-Download or Late-Download or Loose-Time or Please-Complicate-My-Life. Nothing about Sync here.
Please change everything back to make the old Sync functionality default. Without strange workarounds Local or Cloud-Only or whatever smart you came up to and FORGET to make it easy to disable this abomination.
If somebody needs the new Smart-Sync they should opt-in. Not the opposite.
What is wrong with the world today? Ah, yes: everything.
When I select a folder via Selective Sync I want my files downloaded, not marked Online only. I liked the old Dropbox. I could trust it to download files. This is advantageous for a couple of reasons. 1. It serves as a backup copy. 2. If I'm going to be offline without an Internet connection I know I'll have a replica of my files.
It took me a while to figure this out. This is only for Mac OS.
1. Open the dropbox folder and select the folder(s) you want to save locally in a Finder window.
2. Click on the dropbox button to the left of the search field (top right of window) and go down to selective sync and change from "online only" to "local".
The folder will start local syncing.
And so it continues...
I have just done a fresh install on a new machine.
I have selected folders I want to be selectively synced on this machine.
I have turned off the Shart sync option as I need all these files to be local.
All newly selected files are online-only. I have to manually set them to Local.
Can we please, please, please just have an option to actually turn off Smart Sync. It doesn't affect people who use it, but it helps those of us who have serious reservations with its lack of smarts.
Despite turning off Smart Sync on my music folder, nothing is local unless I click on a file to download it. I have waited overnight, nothing. I have also also reinstalled the Dropbox app, nothing. Many other people on this forum are having the same issue. Contact one of us to investigate please.
Thanks for posting @Specchio!
Just to clarify, when you say you turned off Smart Sync for this folder, did you right click the folder and choose "Smart Sync - Local"?
Or did you change the setting within the app preferences "Sync" tab to sync files as "local"?
Thank you for your attention to this. I have Smart Sync turned off in preferences (under the Sync tab). I would think this is a global setting.
Your question prompted me to look at the folder properties in Finder. That setting was "online only" which seems strange, but when I set that to local, downloading has started. Thank you for your help.
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