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Dropbox “connect a computer” feature explained

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What is Dropbox connect a computer?

One of the easiest ways to get set up on Dropbox on your computer, is to use the aptly named ‘Connect a computer’ feature. Using this feature, you can use your mobile device to connect your computer, by simply following a QR code.  

When and how to use Dropbox connect a computer?

You can use this feature when you want to connect a new computer to your Dropbox account, and have a signed in mobile device nearby. 
To get started, you can;
  1. Open the Dropbox app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap the icon of a person at the bottom right.
  3. (On iOS, if you connected a work and personal account, tap Personal.)
  4. Tap connect a computer.
  5. The app will ask if you're near the computer—if you are, tap Yes.
  6. Open a web browser on your computer, and navigate to
    • You should see a QR code shaped like the Dropbox logo
  7. Use the Dropbox mobile app to scan this QR code.
    • The app will tell your computer's browser to begin downloading the Dropbox installer
  8. Install the app.
If you're not able to scan the QR code, you can instead complete the install directly on your computer.
Don’t forget, if you have a question, you can always ask the Dropbox Community or check out the Tips and Tricks section too. 
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Re: Dropbox “connect a computer” feature explained

New member | Level 2

Is there a way to connect to a computer and be selective about which files get automatically synced? Connecting my computer rinses my Dropbox space!! (Also i share the computer with my husband and syncing his files drives him mad) xxx 

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