Smart Sync

With Dropbox, you can easily free up hard drive space by moving your stuff off your computer and into the cloud. With Dropbox Smart Sync, you can still see and access that content right from the desktop app or or the Dropbox folder on your computer. Simply select the file, folder, or Space you need and it will automatically download to your hard drive—only when you need it.

While your admin can choose default sync settings for the team, you can always enable Smart Sync for specific files, folders, and Spaces and choose to make them local or online-only. 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

  1. Open the desktop app.
  2. Locate the content that you want to make online-only or local.
  3. Control-click or right-click the file, folder, or Space.
  4. Choose Smart Sync
  5. Choose Online-only or Local.
  1. Open the Dropbox folder on your computer’s hard drive.
  2. Locate the content that you want to make online-only or local.
  3. Control-click or right-click the item.
  4. Choose Smart sync.
  5. 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?

Open a file as usual through the Dropbox desktop app, 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 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.