Manage team selective sync settings

This article is for Dropbox Business admins. If you’re a Dropbox Business team member, you can manage your individual selective sync settings.

When a Dropbox Business team member is added to a team folder or team space, all folders shared with them automatically sync to their computer’s hard drive. However, admins can set specific folders not to automatically sync using team selective sync.

Learn more about how the selective sync feature works.

Admins also have the option to use team Smart Sync, in addition to team selective sync, to sync some folders to team members’ computers, block some from syncing, and sync some as online-only placeholders. 

Learn more about how the Smart Sync feature works.

How to enable team selective sync

For an admin to unsync specific folders from team members’ computers, they must first enable team selective sync. 

To enable team selective sync, as a team admin:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com with your admin credentials.
  2. Click Admin console in the left sidebar.
  3. Click Settings in the left sidebar.
  4. Under Content, click Sync.
  5. Next to Team Selective Sync, click Enable.
  6. Click Save.

Set specific folders not to sync

By default, all folders shared with team members automatically sync to team members’ computers when they join the team. However, admins can set specific folders to not sync automatically with team selective sync. 

Notes: 

  • This admin setting doesn’t unsync folders that are already synced to team members’ computers. It only keeps folders from automatically syncing to new team members’ computers. 
  • Individual team members’ selective sync settings override this admin setting. This admin setting doesn’t block them from syncing and unsyncing folders from their computers on their own.
  • A folder can’t be set to sync to team member’s computers if it’s inside a folder that’s set not to sync.

To set specific folders not to sync:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com with your admin credentials.
  2. Click Admin console in the left sidebar.
  3. Click Content.
  4. Click "" (ellipsis) next to any folder.
  5. Click Change sync default.
    • Note: You must enable team selective sync settings (instructions above) to have this option.
  6. Click Starts as unsynced to block it from automatically syncing to new team members’ computers.

To set a new team folder not to sync to team member’s computers:

  1. Click Create team folder like you would normally create a new team folder.
  2. Check the box next to Start as unsynced.
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