How to manage team folders

Updated Jan 19, 2024

Team folders help admins manage team files and folders. You can share team folders with your entire Dropbox team, or with specific groups.

If you want to manage your team folders, or have issues with team folders, read on for specific instructions.

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How to rename a team folder

On a Dropbox team account, admins can rename team folders in the team folder manager:

  1. Log in to using your admin credentials.
  2. Click Admin console.
  3. Click Content.
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Note: When an admin renames a team folder, the name is changed for all members.

I want to rename a team folder, but I'm not the admin of my team

Only admins of a Dropbox team account can create, rename, or delete a team folder.

How to move the team folder

Team folders can't be moved to a new location in your Dropbox, nor can they be "nested" within another folder. 

How to manage access to, archive, or permanently delete a team folder

Only Dropbox team account admins can manage access to a team folder:

  1. Log in to using your admin credentials.
  2. Click Admin console.
  3. Click Content.
  4. Click the "...” (ellipsis) next to the team folder name.
  5. Click Share with Dropbox to manage access and permissions.
  6. From here, you can add groups next to Add groups, or change group permissions. Click the dropdown menu next to the user or group name to change permissions. From here, you can Remove access, or give edit or view-only permissions.
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Important notes:

  • Archiving: An archived team folder is still accessible to admins via the team content manager; archived team folders are not available to team members.
  • Removing: Removing a user's or group's access to a team folder essentially unshares that folder.
  • Permanently deleting: If you permanently delete a team folder, it cannot be recovered, even by Dropbox support.

If you're a team member, and you'd like to remove a team folder to save space on your computer, consider using an online-only folder instead.

How to move a folder out of the team folder

If you need to move a folder out of a team folder, an admin can move that folder on If you're not an admin, contact your admin for help.

How to move a shared folder into a team folder

Team members and admins may move a shared folder into the team space as long as the following requirements are met:

  1. The folder is owned by someone on the same team as the user who is moving it into the team space.
  2. The user has edit access to the folder they are trying to move. To check this:
    • Click Share with Dropbox from the dropdown menu to the right of the folder.
    • See if the user has See edit to the right of their name or group.
  3. The Manage access setting is set to Folder members. To check this:
    • Click Share with Dropbox from the dropdown menu to the right of the folder.
    • Click Folder settings.
    • See if Folder members is in the dropdown next to Manage access.

You can’t move a folder if:

  • You’re trying to move the folder to a location outside of the team space.
  • You don’t have edit access to the folder you’re trying to move the folder into.

I'm trying to move a shared folder into another shared folder

You can't move a shared folder into another shared folder. This is referred to as "nesting," and will break shared folder functionality.

However, team members on a Dropbox team account plan can move a shared folder into a team folder.

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