By David Nield
Since its launch in 2007, Dropbox has become one of the most popular platforms for fast and efficient file syncing between computers and the cloud. You can use it to keep files up-to-date across multiple computers, collaborate with other people, and back up your most important information. But are you really using Dropbox to its full potential? Up your storage game with these six advanced hacks for the app.
There are three types of Dropbox plans for individual users, with the main difference between them being the amount of available storage and the price. There’s the free plan (2GB of cloud storage), Dropbox Plus ($12 a month for 2TB of cloud storage), and Dropbox Professional ($20 month for 3TB of cloud storage). Of course, some features are only available as part of certain plans, so if your current tier doesn’t support some of these tips, we’ll tell you which ones do.
1. Keep certain files off your computer
By default, Dropbox will sync all the files you’ve stored in it to your computer. But if you’d prefer to keep certain files in the cloud and off your hard drive, you can sync just some of them. The basic version of this feature is called Selective Sync, and it can be a godsend when your computer is low on storage space. Instead of downloading and syncing all your folders, which can take up a lot of room, this feature keeps selected folders off your computer. Selective Sync comes in handy for storing large folders or files that you don’t use as much but still want to keep safe—like those 1,500 pictures you took on your vacation three years ago.
Dropbox will still keep those files safe in the cloud, and on any other machines where the app is installed. On some computers, you can choose not to store any Dropbox data locally, and if you change your mind, you can always undo your changes and start syncing everything again.
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