How to update to Dropbox Backup Beta

Updated Nov 20, 2023
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The features described in this article are currently in beta and are subject to additional terms.

Dropbox is continuing to expand the rollout of Dropbox Backup Beta. This updated experience gives you more control and flexibility over your backed up files and folders. 

With Dropbox Backup Beta, you’ll be able to:

  • Back up more folders. Select any folder within your computer’s home folder to back up, including subfolders. You’re no longer limited to folders like Documents, Desktop, and Downloads.
  • Schedule your backups. Get flexibility to schedule when your device backups occur.
  • View progress of your backups. Check the percentage of your backup progress to get more insight into your backup completion.
  • Quickly get back up and running. Get more options to kick off your backup restoration—from either the web or your computer.
  • Rename your backups. Customize the name of your device backup so you can distinguish across multiple backups.

Dropbox is actively working to preserve the reliability and quality of our backup experience along with these updates. While we recommend updating to the latest version of Dropbox Backup, the update isn’t required for you to continue using Dropbox. Find out which version of Dropbox Backup you’re currently using.

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  • Dropbox Backup Beta is currently available to customers on Dropbox Basic, Plus, Professional, and Family.
  • With Dropbox Backup Beta, your backed up folders will no longer move from their default location to the Dropbox folder on your computer. You can access your backups at
  • If you’ve unchecked folders in selective sync, those folders won’t be backed up. Before you update to Dropbox Backup Beta, you’ll need to check all folders in selective sync that you’d like to back up.
  • Online-only files and folders aren’t available in Dropbox Backup Beta. When you update to Dropbox Backup Beta, your files and folders that are set to online-only will be downloaded to your computer’s hard drive in order to back them up.

If you haven’t been prompted to update and would like to be on Dropbox Backup Beta, you can do so by disabling and re-enabling Dropbox Backup. 

To delete Dropbox Backup:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).
  2. Click your initials or avatar.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click Backups.
  5. Click Manage backups.
    • If you see Set Up instead of Delete, it means Dropbox Backup is already off.
  6. Click Delete.

To re-enable Dropbox Backup:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar (Mac).
  2. Click your initials or avatar.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click the Backups tab.
  5. Click Manage backup.
  6. Under Add a backup, select the computer you’d like to back up.
  7. Click Let’s get started.
  8. Check the boxes next to the folders you’d like to back up.
  9. Click Set up or Back up.
  10. Click OK when prompted to give Dropbox permission to access your folders.
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  • You can’t roll back to the previous version once you update.
  • If you have more than one device you want to backup, you will have to follow the steps to delete and re-enable Backup for all your devices  in order to migrate to Dropbox Backup Beta.

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