How to uninstall Dropbox on Mac, Windows, and Linux

Uninstalling the Dropbox desktop app will not delete your Dropbox account or remove the Dropbox folder from your hard drive. If you’d like to uninstall the Dropbox desktop app from your computer, follow the instructions for your device below.

How to uninstall the Dropbox desktop app on Mac

To uninstall the Dropbox desktop app on a Mac computer:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in the menu bar.
  2. Click your avatar (profile picture or initials).
  3. Click Quit.
  4. Open Finder.
  5. Click Applications.
  6. Drag Dropbox to the Trash.

If you’d also like to remove the Dropbox folder from your hard drive, drag your Dropbox folder to the Trash.

How to uninstall the Dropbox desktop app on Windows

To uninstall the Dropbox desktop app on a Windows computer:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Apps.
  4. Click Apps & features.
  5. Click Dropbox.
    • Note: If Dropbox came preloaded on your device, you may see Get Dropbox or Dropbox “x” GB instead.
  6. Click Uninstall.

If you’d also like to remove the Dropbox folder from your hard drive, drag your Dropbox folder to the Recycle Bin.

How to uninstall the Dropbox desktop app on Linux

To uninstall the Dropbox desktop app on a Linux computer, copy and paste the following commands one-by-one into your terminal window, hitting Enter after each command. Some of the commands listed may produce an error, but by the last command, the desktop app will be successfully uninstalled from your computer.

            dropbox stop
dropbox status  # Should report "not running"
rm -rf ~/.dropbox-dist
rm -rf /var/lib/dropbox
rm -rf ~/.dropbox*
sudo apt-get remove nautilus-dropbox
sudo apt-get remove dropbox
rm /etc/apt/source.d/dropbox
        
If you’d also like to remove the Dropbox folder from your hard drive, enter the following command into your terminal and hit Enter.
            rm -rv ~/Dropbox
        
Note: This command may need to be altered if your Dropbox folder is not in the default location.
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