How to delete Dropbox Backup

Updated Nov 20, 2023

Before deleting a backup, check the following:

Delete your computer backup

To delete your computer backup: 

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).
  2. Click the Sync and Backups tab.
  3. Select the backup you’d like to delete.
  4. Under Adjust settings, click Delete.
  5. Click Keep content in folders on this PC/Mac or Leave content in Dropbox.
    • If you choose Keep content in folders on this PC/Mac, the files and folders you stopped backing up can be found in their original folders on your computer. 
    • If you choose Leave content in Dropbox, new files you add to those folders will save to their original folders on your computer, but the files and folders you previously backed up to Dropbox with computer backup will remain in your Dropbox account. On your computer, they’ll be accessible by shortcuts, in their original folders, called My files in Dropbox
      • Note: If you see Set Up instead, it means computer backup is already off.
  6. Click Delete.

Delete your computer backup on Dropbox Backup Beta

To delete your computer backup on Dropbox Backup Beta:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).
  2. Click the Sync and Backups tab.
  3. Select the backup you’d like to delete.
  4. Click Delete Backup.

Delete your external hard drive backup on the legacy version of Backup

To delete your external hard drive backup on the legacy version of Backup:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).
  2. Click the Sync and Backups tab.
  3. Select the external hard drive backup you’d like to delete.
  4. Under Adjust settings, click Delete backup.
  5. Click Delete to confirm your decision.

Delete your external hard drive backup on Backup Beta

To delete your external hard drive backup on Backup Beta:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).
  2. Click the Sync and Backups tab.
  3. Select the external hard drive backup you’d like to delete.
  4. Click Delete Backup.
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