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How to Clear or Remove the Recent file list in mobile apps

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How to Clear or Remove the Recent file list in mobile apps

I want to clear all the Recent file list, there has no clear function please advise how to clear the list.
Thanks & regards

Swe Tin

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Level 1

Hi dropbox. I love everything about dropbox. U guys did an amazing job. However the "recent" list does not clear n it contains alot of my private files. I will no longer be using drop box bc of this. Why put "recent" files w.o a function to turn off? It feels un trust worthy. An absolute security blunder. Take care. PEACE.

Level 2

I notice that this topic has been renamed from "How to clear Recent file list in mobile apps" to "How to Clear or Remove the Recent file list in mobile apps" - which is interesting as Remove is what seems to be wanted, but is not possible.

The number of customers saying that they are moving away seems to be gathering pace - I wonder if this will be their Waterloo moment...

 

Super User II

I notice that this topic has been renamed

I did that, a couple of times actually. This topic has evolved quite a bit since it was first started (when it was called How to clear Recent file list in Apple mobile apps) and now covers more than just clearing the list, or Apple devices. Since it's being used as the main location to discuss these issues on mobile devices, I renamed it to better identify the topic.

Level 1

This is a big privacy issue for me. I am having a tough time using DropBox as every time I open it every file I've viewed, or deleted is shown! And what's worse, it's the FIRST page that's shown. Everything I deleted is prominently displayed every time I open the app or website. Horrible choice DropBox! 

I need to be able to control what is my home/default page, and what events I want recorded in recents, and whether I want them disabled entirely.  I'm using DropBox alternatives right now.

 

Level 1

How has this not been addressed yet? 

Level 1

I just got a note from Dropbox that my limit is being reduced because it was a apparently a temporary storage limit from a promotion. When I signed up it was presented as a permanent limit. This after the Recents debacle is definitely the final straw that is pushing me to transfer my files to Google drive. See ya never Dropbox.

Super User II

I just got a note from Dropbox that my limit is being reduced because it was a apparently a temporary storage limit from a promotion. When I signed up it was presented as a permanent limit.

Bonus space earned through promotions from mobile devices and other purchases (Samsung, HTC, Dell, HP, etc.) have never been advertised as permanent. They all have time limitations which are explained in the terms for each promotion. For example, bonuses earned by purchasing a Samsung device lasted two years.

Level 1

Made a shortcut to Files on one of my homescreens of my Android and then removed the shortcut. I don't get it, but since then i always land on 'Files' instead of 'Recent' when i open the app itself.

Also after restarting the phone and after doing a wipe cache.

Strange way to adjust the landing page but hey, it works...

 

Edit: isn't true what I wrote above...

Then I keep using the shortcut to a Dropbox-folder...

Level 1

Rich R. said: Bonus space earned through promotions from mobile devices and other purchases (Samsung, HTC, Dell, HP, etc.) have never been advertised as permanent. They all have time limitations which are explained in the terms for each promotion. For example, bonuses earned by purchasing a Samsung device lasted two years.

"Bonus space" seems like a silly concept except for people with extremely transient file systems which are replaced before they take up too much room. Anyone who wants decent storage isn't going to want to sign up for space that gets taken away later , forcing the deletion of the user's files. My files are currently being moved to Google drive, an easy drag and drop process, and I get 15 GB without having to so-called "earn" the limit through additional purchases, and it isn't a promotional limit (although they could of course reduce it in future). Dropbox is dropping the ball on this one. Anyway I'm going to unsubscribe from this thread and delete my account after the transfer is complete.

Seriously a security issue and the feature is redundant without the possibility of disabling the 'Recents' tab. Either remove the 'Recents' tab or fix it so that users can disable it as an option!