How to check if your Dropbox files are syncing

The Dropbox desktop app needs to update (or "sync") whenever you add or update files in Dropbox. This article explains how to check if your files are syncing, what their sync status is, and what order they’re syncing in. You can also learn how to pause and resume syncing.

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Check the sync status of files in the Dropbox desktop app

These are the different syncing statuses you may see when using the Dropbox desktop app:

Indexing: This status means your files are preparing to sync with your Dropbox account. While in this state, changes to files will not be reflected.

Syncing [file name]: This status indicates that a specific file is syncing with your Dropbox account. The file will be explicitly named.

Syncing [x] files: This status indicates that a specific number of files are syncing with your Dropbox account.

Syncing paused until [x]: This status indicates that you have paused syncing. Syncing can be paused for 30 minutes1 hourUntil tomorrow, or Indefinitely. The status will show the timestamp of when the pause expires.

Your files are up to date: This status indicates that your files have synced to your Dropbox account and are current.

NoteDropbox Backup users will see slightly different wording on some syncing statuses.

To check the sync status of all files and folders:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).
  2. At the bottom of the window that appears, there’s a bar with text that says Indexing, Syncing [filename], Syncing [x] filesSyncing paused until [x], or Your files are up to date.

To check the sync status of a specific file or folder:

  1. Open the Dropbox folder in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Locate the file or folder you'd like to check.
    • Note: You can use the search bar in the top right to find the file or folder.
  3. Look at the sync icon next to the file or folder. Learn about the different sync icons and what they mean.

Check what order your files are syncing in

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).
  2. Click the Sync history tab near the top.
  3. If files are syncing, they’ll show in the order they’ll sync next.

Prioritize a file to sync next

  1. Follow the steps above to open your Sync history tab. 
  2. Hover over the file you’d like to sync next.
  3. Click Sync next.
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