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I want to stop backing up my desktop on Dropbox.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

I am using a different app to backup my desktop computer and its files.  I want to continue to use Dropbox, but I don't need it to do the backups.  How can I stop this feature?

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Re: I want to stop backing up my desktop on Dropbox.

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Hey there @rhaines765 - how are you today?

As our desktop app is designed to watch your Dropbox folder and sync any files placed in the folder you'll only need to uninstall it. Remember, your Dropbox folder is just like any other folder on your hard drive, but with syncing features.

You'd then be able to access your Dropbox account through the website at:

https://www.dropbox.com/

Note that the Dropbox folder itself is still there as a local copy of your Dropbox files at the time you uninstalled (or unlinked) our app from your account on your desktop computer.

I hope this information helps and please let me know if you have any more questions!



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Re: I want to stop backing up my desktop on Dropbox.

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey there @rhaines765 - how are you today?

As our desktop app is designed to watch your Dropbox folder and sync any files placed in the folder you'll only need to uninstall it. Remember, your Dropbox folder is just like any other folder on your hard drive, but with syncing features.

You'd then be able to access your Dropbox account through the website at:

https://www.dropbox.com/

Note that the Dropbox folder itself is still there as a local copy of your Dropbox files at the time you uninstalled (or unlinked) our app from your account on your desktop computer.

I hope this information helps and please let me know if you have any more questions!



Walter
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Re: I want to stop backing up my desktop on Dropbox.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Hello, Walter,

I am doing well today.  Thank you for asking.

So it wouldn't cost me any more or any less to let Dropbox continue performing a backup?  I see from other posts that indicate the backups are not retained indefinitely.  I didn't want to be using up space.

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Re: I want to stop backing up my desktop on Dropbox.

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

That would be up to you and how you use it @rhaines765!

If you'd like to free up space on a computer using our desktop app, take a look at our selective sync feature:

https://www.dropbox.com/help/syncing-uploads/selective-sync-overview

Keep me posted on your progress!



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Re: I want to stop backing up my desktop on Dropbox.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

I was able to do exactly as you suggested.  I am using the Selective Sync instead of uninstalling the Dropbox app.

Thank you!

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