Smart sync Dropbox

Set a file or folder to online-only or local

To set a file or folder to online-only using Smart Sync:

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Open the Dropbox folder.
  3. Right-click the file or folder you’d like to change to online-only.
  4. Hover over Smart Sync.
  5. Click Online Only. If you’d like to save your file back to your computer’s hard drive again, click Local.

Automatic Smart Sync

You can turn on automatic Smart Sync so that files you don’t open from your computer for a few months become online-only automatically and new files you add to become online-only by default.

To turn on automatic Smart Sync:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac). 
  2. Click your avatar (profile picture or initials).
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click the Sync tab.
  5. Under Save hard drive space automatically,select On.

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