Smart Sync

With Dropbox, you can easily free up hard drive space by moving files and folders off your computer and into the cloud. With Dropbox Smart Sync, you can still see and access those files and folders right from your desktop file explorer. Simply click the file or folder, and it will download to your hard drive—but only when you need it.

As an admin, you can choose whether new files automatically download to your team’s computers, or if they start as online-only. With Smart Sync, you can spend less time managing your team’s storage space and more time doing work that matters.

How to: Smart Sync

  1. Click the Dropbox icon from the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).

  2. Click the folder icon.

  3. Choose Open folder.

  4. Locate the content that you want to make online-only.

  5. Control-click or right-click the file or folder.

  6. Choose Smart sync.

  7. Choose Online-only or Local.

Learn how to choose a default setting for new content with Smart Sync.

How do the system extension and driver work?

You can open a file as usual through its native application, Finder (Mac), or Windows Explorer. The file is instantly downloaded to your computer, and will continue to be synced to your Dropbox account (and use space on your hard drive).