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Manage all devices' selective sync from Dropbox website

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Here is a situation that DropBox should be able to accommodate, but I think it presently can't. It's not hypothetical BTW, it's a relatively constant hassle for me.

My office uses DropBox professionally so I have a lot of folders shared with me, many of them contain lots of files, and they also change relatively often based on the whims of other teammates. My desktop is my "main" DropBox install and I both have a lot of available storage and I frequently manage my DB archive using selective sync.

However, when I go to add a new tablet or ultrabook with a small SSD, or re-sync a tablet I haven't used in a while, it wants to download ALL of the shares I've been invited to, and all my changes to the other folders, immediately. Often I don't have room for all this on my tablet, or at the very least I have no need for 90% of it to be loaded, so I'm wasting a ton of time and possibly filling up my storage for no reason.

I try to enable selective sync right away on this new device, but it first needs to load the file index (which takes forever itself, for some reason) and then it continues to recognize my sign-on to new folders even as the button is blocked because it is "applying selective sync settings..."

In short, there should be an option to enable selective sync DURING INSTALL, so that it won't have to grind through whatever will fit from your full archive before you can practically do this. Or, you should be able to associate your shares with various synced devices through the website - essentially, central management for selective sync.

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Explorer | Level 3

When creating a new folder in the app or via the web a list of devices with checkboxes should be accessible at the time of creation so that you can set which devices sync this folder without having to go to each device in turn and unchecking the folder in the selective sync options.
This gets to be a bit of a headache when you have a lot of devices using the one dropbox account.
Perhaps there could also be options for already existing folders to do the same thing via the app or web interface.

Collaborator | Level 8

Great Idea! I used to struggle syncing and unsyncing folders from one machine to another. Even if you're renaming some excluded folder in the web interface, clients don't recognize it as the same folder and starting syncing again, which is crazy!!!!
Definitely a feature to add!!!

Collaborator | Level 8

Adding new folders on Dropbox is easy but annoying when several Selective Sync Rules are applied on different computers. So every time I create a new folder on my Computer 1, I have to remember to unsync that folder once I log in on Computer 2 and so on...
Would be nice having a Web Panel control with the Selective Sync Rules of each device connected to the same Dropbox account. So I can set up which folders have to be synced with which devices in advance and from remote.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I cannot understand the logic behind Selective Sync for this very reason! WHY would the default status of a new folder or file be to ADD it to those computers with Selective Sync in use? Wouldn't it be much more logical to, by default, require the user to add the new content manually? This has been an issue several times for me and I'm growing quite irritated as I am having to deal with it more and more!

Please, Dropbox, change this feature to the most logical option... New files and folder must be manually added to those computers with Selective Sync turned on!

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hi there,

Sorry the the late response - are you still having issues?

Thanks

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Facing the same issues with a few new laptops that only have SSDs and I don't want to sync ALL of the files initially, only the 1Password data. Is it possible to install Dropbox on the new hardware then instantly sever the WiFi connection to prevent downloading of all the files? Then set Selective Sync Prefs locally & reconnect to the Wifi?

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I use multiple computers from my dropbox account. I find myself adding new folders regularly with large amounts of data. When a new folder is added, all computers listening to my dropbox account will automatically sync the new folder. Currently, I would have to go to each device and exclude the folder that I created.

I would like to be able to see which of my folders are synced to which devices from the dropbox website, and edit the selective sync for each device.

Experienced Collaborator | Level 12

Would it work for you to have an exclusion-folder inside of which you put your new subfolders? THat way new folders are automaticaly excluded until you enable sync on a per-device per-folder basis.

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hi there,

Sorry for the delayed response - are you still having issues?

Collaborator | Level 8

Hi Ed! Well I've not particular issues right now, but I wish a Selective Sync Web Panel to manage selective sync issues!

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