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deleting folder from dropbox but not every device

Robert31
Explorer | Level 4

I want to remove a large folder from dropbox to save space. I have copied it to my computer files. When I delete it from my dropbox account I get a message "do you want to delete X from all devices. I do not want to delete it from all devices (my computer) only from my dropbox account. How do I get a file out of my dropbox account and not delete it from ALL devices?

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Re: deleting folder from dropbox but not every device

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Hey @Robert31, thanks for checking in with us. 

The message you're seeing refers to the connected devices that you have the desktop app and mobile app installed. The folder will be removed only from inside the apps.

If you have the folder copied in any other location outside of the Dropbox folder, that copy won't be deleted as it's not syncing to your account. 

Let me know if you have any other questions!


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Re: deleting folder from dropbox but not every device

Dropboxer
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Hey @Robert31, thanks for checking in with us. 

The message you're seeing refers to the connected devices that you have the desktop app and mobile app installed. The folder will be removed only from inside the apps.

If you have the folder copied in any other location outside of the Dropbox folder, that copy won't be deleted as it's not syncing to your account. 

Let me know if you have any other questions!


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Re: deleting folder from dropbox but not every device

Robert31
Explorer | Level 4

Thank you

 

Re: deleting folder from dropbox but not every device

FGK-120
Explorer | Level 3

I have a similar question. To regain Dropbox space, I would like to delete files from my Dropbox account because I have copies elsewhere on my hard drive. However, I would like the shared files to remain accessible to other members of the shared folder. The message "delete from everyone's account and all devices?" seems to indicate other members will lose access which is not what I want. I seem to want the opposite of what Selective Sync does.

Thank you.

Re: deleting folder from dropbox but not every device

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey @FGK-120, thanks for reaching out to us. 

If the files are in a shared folder and you don't need access to it anymore, you can transfer ownership to somebody else and remove yourself from the shared folder

Let me know if this helps!


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Re: deleting folder from dropbox but not every device

FGK-120
Explorer | Level 3

Thank you, Lusil, that was the sort of information I had hoped for. It had not occurred to me to change ownership, only to delete files. However, I got some surprises.

1. The overall enclosing folder is owned by my collegue, not me. We've had it for so long I mistakenly thought I was the owner.

2. The subfolders within, which I had created and were the ones i originally asked about deleting, also have my collegue as the owner, not me.  I didn't expect that.

3. The link you provided "remove yourself from the shared folder" only appears to work for the overall enclosing folder. For the subfolders, no dropdown of member names appears.

It's clear I have a lot more reading to do. Thank you again for your assistance.

Re: deleting folder from dropbox but not every device

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

No worries, @FGK-120!

In this case, you can remove yourself from the shared folder either temporarily (with the option to add it back) or permanently. 

You can have a look here for more info. 

Give me a shout if you have any other questions! 


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