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How can I temporarily disconnect my desktop app from syncing while on holidays?

How can I temporarily disconnect my desktop app from syncing while on holidays?

AndreaD
New member | Level 2

Hi,

 

new user here with hopefully an easy question. I'm using dropbox for work (our company has a professional account), with a load of data (close to 6 TB atm). When I had to set up drop on my laptop, I went for smart sync and waited for all the files to be synchronized. This required close to three weeks, but then everything worked just brilliantly.

 

The only problem is that every time I turn on the laptop, it takes a bit to load, and after that, there's a lot of resources going into keeping it running over the day. Not an issue per se, but now the question.

 

I'm about to get on holidays. The laptop comes with me, but I'd like, if possible, to avoid the added load of work for my laptop when I turn it on. So, I was thinking:

 

If I terminate the dropbox process via Windows task manager, am I automatically disconnected? I'm trying to avoid getting disconnected, because otherwise I'll need another three weeks to re-sync everything (happened once when I brilliantly decided to switch to my personal account over the w-end and then I had to re-sync everything once I restarted the job's drop). I think it shouldn't be an issue, but before risking 3 weeks of issues (and an unhappy boss), I thought checking in with experts would have been the right call.

 

Thanks in advance for help!

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Re: How can I temporarily disconnect my desktop app from syncing while on holidays?

Daphne
Dropboxer

Hello there @AndreaD, I hope you're having a good day so far!

 

When you close the desktop app from your Task Manager, this will indeed close the desktop app from running on your device, but it won't disconnect the app from your account completely. This will just prevent syncing.

 

However, if you have the app set to start up when starting up your computer, you'll need to close it again.

 

Perhaps the best way would be to disable the app from starting on system start up while you're away. You can do this by:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray.
  2. Click the profile pic/initials icon in the top right of the window.
  3. Choose "Preferences..."
  4. Go to the "General" tab and uncheck the option "Start Dropbox on system startup".

Then, if you have some spare time every few days when you're not using the device, you can manually launch the desktop app and allow it to sync any changes to reduce the amount of data that will need to sync when you go back to work.

 

To manually launch the app, you can simply press the Windows key on your keyboard and search for "Dropbox". You should see an option for the Dropbox app to launch it there. Once it's done, you can just close the app again.

 

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions!


Daphne
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Re: How can I temporarily disconnect my desktop app from syncing while on holidays?

Daphne
Dropboxer

Hello there @AndreaD, I hope you're having a good day so far!

 

When you close the desktop app from your Task Manager, this will indeed close the desktop app from running on your device, but it won't disconnect the app from your account completely. This will just prevent syncing.

 

However, if you have the app set to start up when starting up your computer, you'll need to close it again.

 

Perhaps the best way would be to disable the app from starting on system start up while you're away. You can do this by:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray.
  2. Click the profile pic/initials icon in the top right of the window.
  3. Choose "Preferences..."
  4. Go to the "General" tab and uncheck the option "Start Dropbox on system startup".

Then, if you have some spare time every few days when you're not using the device, you can manually launch the desktop app and allow it to sync any changes to reduce the amount of data that will need to sync when you go back to work.

 

To manually launch the app, you can simply press the Windows key on your keyboard and search for "Dropbox". You should see an option for the Dropbox app to launch it there. Once it's done, you can just close the app again.

 

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions!


Daphne
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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Re: How can I temporarily disconnect my desktop app from syncing while on holidays?

AndreaD
New member | Level 2

Thank you very much. You're right, it's simple and 100% effective!

Re: How can I temporarily disconnect my desktop app from syncing while on holidays?

Daphne
Dropboxer

I'm very happy to hear that @AndreaD!

 

If there's anything else that I can help with, please feel free to give me a nudge here. I'd be happy to help out. :grin:

 

Hope you have a great vacation! :umbrella_on_ground:️


Daphne
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