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Can we have an option to schedule syncing through the desktop app?

Can we have an option to schedule syncing through the desktop app?

Arnaud M.
New member | Level 1

Hello!
It came to mind today that it might be interesting to allow for a short delay between the moment a file is added and the moment it starts synchronizing with the servers. I often find myself, for example, unzipping a complete archive into a folder but only wanting to access part of the contents, so I delete the unwanted files but dropbox has already started trying to sync them. It would help to avoid a certain amount of unnecessary network transactions. Perhaps the gain would be negligible though.

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Kaz
Dropboxer

Thanks for this feedback! I'll pass it onto the product team, very interesting!

Daniel F.30
New member | Level 1

My request is similar. I use Quicken software. When it backs up, it temporarily closes its own file, copies the file to the backup folder, and reopens. Dropbox sees that the file is closed and then locks the file as it syncs. This immediate action causes Quicken to then fail. I would like to identify a folder whose contents are synced at a timing of my own choosing. Wait so many seconds before synching.

Jorey L.
New member | Level 1

Me too. Some times when busy working with files and I realize dropbox tries to sync files too frequently than necessary. I would suggest it setup a default delay time (for example, 60 seconds) since the file is added or modified. 

Mike R.63
New member | Level 1

Came across this thread looking for a solution to the exact same issue Daniel is having.

Would be great to specify a delay in backing up or syncing on individual files, or just folders if individual files is too much...

 

EDIT: I just realized I can fairly easily pause syncing, take my Quicken backup, then resume syncing.  Kind of cumbersome, but something to keep in mind Daniel.   A much better solution would still be if we could set a delay time in syncing in dropbox.

Daniel F.11
New member | Level 1

Good point Mike R. I agree that manually pausing, processing the backup, and then resuming Dropbox is a cumbersome, but doable solution. I concluded that with a copy in the cloud, using the Quicken backup process is not as "required" since it is a solution for a non-cloud environment. Having said that, I still prefer multiple copies in case a file becomes corrupt.  Reading again the original post, I unzip files to a temporary folder and them move what I need/want to Dropbox. I am trying to determine how many times I might want to delay syncing, and I am drawing a blank on other applications. However, having the ability to delay syncing on folders or files would still be a nice feature.

Michelle H.9
New member | Level 1

I would like to set up a scyn schedule so that my dropbox updates during the evening at my office and pauses in the morning.

Is there a way that I can do this? 

Julian O.1
New member | Level 1

Hi Michelle,

There is currently no sync scheduling feature in Dropbox. However, you can manually turn the syncing of your Dropbox desktop client on and off. In order to pause syncing, click on the Dropbox icon on the task bar (Windows) or the Menu Bar (Mac). On the new window that pops up, move to the lower left hand side and click "pause syncing".

Thanks!

Dom

Rich
Super User II

You can also use a third-party scheduler (like the one built-in to Windows) to start and stop the Dropbox process on whatever schedule you define. Just make sure to use the same credentials for the task as you do when you log in to the computer. This is also a good alternative to running Dropbox as a service, for those that want it to continue syncing when not logged in to the computer.

Note that neither of those options are officially supported.

Fatih G.
New member | Level 1

+1 for this request.

Ransomware are spreading rapidly. It would be nice to add a delay to sync. If I run a ransomware accidentaly I don't want encrypted files to syncronize.

 

francois m.
New member | Level 1

+1 too !

When rendering png sequences in After Effects, for instance, Dropbox, trying to sync these files as they are being created, can cause the render to fail. So I find myself having to pause sync before starting to render (and having to remember to turn it back on afterwards ^^)...

A short delay of just a few seconds after files are written would probably solve that issue entirely.

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