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 automatically download to your hard drive—and only when you need it.

While your admin can choose default sync settings for the team, you can always enable Smart Sync for specific folders and files. With Smart Sync and other features like selective sync, spend less time managing your storage space and more time doing work that matters.

How to: Smart Sync

How to use Smart Sync to make content online-only or local on your computer

  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?

How to use Smart Sync to sync online-only content to a computer

Open a file as usual through its native application, Finder (Mac), or Windows Explorer. Dropbox instantly downloads the file to your computer. This file will continue to be synced to your Dropbox account, but it will also use space on your hard drive.

Selective Sync

Selective sync is another Dropbox feature that allows you to choose which files to remove from your hard drive. You’ll still be able to access them on dropbox.com, but they won’t appear on your computer. Selective sync helps you free up hard drive space without deleting anything from your Dropbox account.

How to fix common issues with Selective Sync.