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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

Level 7

Well, this is interesting. I just found this forum while searching for.a way to turn off the "recents" feature. Apparently this problem goes back almost a full year, and apparently DropBox doesn't give a damn about fixing it. 

Ever heard of "customer service"??

Level 6

Frankly, I'd just like a response.  I mean if they're not going to implement it ever, then at least let us know that.

Level 1

I was a pro Dropbox user for a long time. I've switched to Onedrive now, because of this thread.

Level 1

Could maybe somene tweet at @dropbox? Maybe a social media question might give them some traction? I tried tweeting, but I am having som issues now. I will retweet if someone does tweet though.

Level 1

Tarjei, this is all a total waste of time. This topic has been open now for over a year. Absolutely no-one at Dropbox has taken any notice - this for something absolutely trivial to fix. All people here have been asking for an OPTION to DISABLE the display of the RECENT FILE LIST. Not to remove the list, not to remove it by default. Just give us a knob we could set so it does not get displayed. Zero risk to existing customers. Trivial to implement.

Since this is a community forum run by and operated by Dropbox, our collective conclusion is that  (1) either no-one at Dropbox bothers reading what we say or (2) someone does read us, but they just don't care.

I suspect you can tweet as much as you can but will not get any answer at all.

Level 6

@Simon C:  How do you like onedrive compared to dropbox?  Same features?  More or less features?  I guess I mostly like the ease of use/instant links.  Does onedrive have that?  Cuz I'm considering switching myself.  This is completely unprofessional of Dropbox. 

Level 2

It is almost as easy to create external links in OneDrive, but you do to go to the website.

However, everyone is mad at OneDrive for reducing their free space from 15 GB to 5 GB.

Meanwhile, in Android, when I open Dropbox, it does not open Recent, so happy about that.

Level 1

Like everybody else I got to this thread when the RECENTS iOS version annoyed me.

For starters it doesn't really need to be there. I'll go to the file I need, recent or not.

The fact that there is no SETTINGS option is just a bad dropbox decision.

Didn't realize so many people are as upset as I am and kept checking with every iOS update if it was changed.

One year and no action means : GOTTA GO and check out what is better.

DP was my go to app and I sang the praises to everybody.

My $ 99 a year will go to somebody else when the next renewal is up..



Level 6

@Kurt L.

Please let us know what you find.  I'll be interested to give my money to someone else as well! 

Level 1

Just want to add another voice to this thread. Frankly, as a software developer myself I am utterly amazed that a simple option to "clear recents list" hasn't been added by now - this must be 1 days development maximum, and the lack of such an option is, as others have said, a terrible oversight.

I bought an engagement ring a few weeks ago and took a photo of it, which then uploaded to Dropbox. My fiance had no idea, but when I right-clicked on the dropbox tray item while she was stood next to me, there it was for her to see. So that blew the surprise.

I know it's a trivial example, but there will be thousands of other such scenarios with potentially more serious consequences.