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How to get started with Selective Sync

How to get started with Selective Sync

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Welcome to the Dropbox Community forum! We're thrilled to have you on board, and we want to make sure you get the most out of your Dropbox experience right from the start. Today, we're going to talk about Selective Sync. 
We’ll cover: 
  • What is Selective Sync
  • A video on using Selective Sync
  • How to use Selective Sync


What is Selective Sync? 

Well, it’s a feature in the Dropbox desktop app that allows you to remove specific Dropbox folders from your hard drive so you can save space on your computer. The folders you choose to remove from your hard drive remain stored in your account on


How to use Selective Sync:

Step 1: Open Your Dropbox Preferences
  • On your computer, find the Dropbox icon in your system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).
  • Click on the Dropbox icon and then select the gear icon for preferences.
Step 2: Navigate to the "Sync" Tab
  • In the Preferences window, click on the "Sync" tab.
Step 3: Choose Selective Sync
  • Look for the "Selective Sync" option and click on it.
Step 4: Select the Folders You Want on Your Computer
  • A window will pop up displaying all your Dropbox folders. Uncheck the boxes next to the folders you don't need on your computer.
  • Click "Update" to save your changes.
That's it! Now you can save valuable space for things that matter most to you, and learn how other Dropbox features can improve your day too! Remember, if you ever change your mind or want to add more folders, you can always revisit the Selective Sync settings following the same steps.
We would love to share more tips to help you explore other Dropbox features, so don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions, and let us know if you have any requests! We’re here to help each other, so dive in, enjoy, and make the most of your Dropbox account. 
So, what do you want to see from us? Let us know! 
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Helpful | Level 5

why is this feature not available in 2024 for Linux users?


Legendary | Level 20

@GTATech, That was (and is) always available for Linux too. There was only one exception several years ago - by mistake Selective sync was removed for Linux, but in that case the mistake was corrected fast after signaling (on the next release). I'm not aware of any other such case. The current one (192.4.4605) works with Selective sync too.

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