Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud service platforms. One key feature that has made it a hot favorite is the ease of sharing large files. What’s even better is that you can create separate 2 links for the same file. One link can be sent to people who can edit the file while the other one is for users with view access only.
Dropbox also maintains a log of version history so that you can restore an earlier file version should anything go wrong. It keeps your files automatically synchronized using its client freely available for download to both Mac & Windows users. It makes it easy to organize your files in one place.
Securely Removing Dropbox from Your Mac
You can uninstall Dropbox by following the steps given below:
Step 1: Unlink Your Dropbox Account
You must unlink your Dropbox account before uninstalling the application from your MacBook. The steps are as follows:
- Click the Dropbox icon on the Dock and then click on the user profile image.
- Choose Preferences from the menu options to open up Dropbox settings.
- Click on the Account tab.
- Unlink by clicking Unlink this Dropbox.
Step 2: Move the Dropbox Application to the Trash
Before proceeding to uninstall Dropbox, please make sure that the Dropbox application is closed. The removal steps are as follows:
- Click the Finder icon on the Dock and then click the Applications folder.
- Move the Dropbox folder to the Trash.
- Clear-up the Trash to purge Dropbox for good.
Delete Locally Synced Dropbox Files
After the removal is done, you may want to clean-up locally synchronized Dropbox files.
Deleting files from your local Dropbox folder shouldn’t be mistaken as deleting them from the cloud. It is safe to delete local files after uninstalling Dropbox. This will delete synchronized versions of the original files that were downloaded to your Mac and free-up the storage. However, if you have any files in your local Dropbox folder that were NOT previously synchronized to your cloud account, they will be lost. It is highly recommended that you first back-up all such files before proceeding.
To get rid of the local files, simply drag the Dropbox folder to the Trash. That’s how simple it is.
Find Duplicate Files in Your Dropbox Account
Irrespective of which storage plan you use, at one point in time your Dropbox account runs into inadequate storage issues. You may find that you have accumulated too many duplicate files over a period of time and they take a significant portion of your cloud storage.
When you do not have enough space to store new files, you have two choices: First, pay more and upgrade your plan. This will increase your storage quota. Second, clean-up the duplicate junk and make room for new files. We recommend the latter, since it is not only economic but also provides some additional add-on benefits:
- Cleaning duplicates on a regular basis will keep your cloud files well organized.
- It becomes simpler to search for the right file as everything is in place. There is absolutely no chance of seeing duplicates of the same file.
- You can avoid frequent low storage space notifications, technical glitches, and focus on improving your productivity.
- You can seamlessly share large files with your friends and coworkers without any hassle.
- It makes it easy to remember which folder contains the files that you need on an occasional basis.
Find Duplicate Files on Dropbox Using Cloud Duplicate Finder
Sorcim’s Cloud Duplicate Finder is a super-easy, browser-based duplicate finding service. It works straight from your browser, allowing you to use it without downloading any software.
The steps are as follows:
- Visit the Cloud Duplicate Finder website and register a new account for free.
- Now select a pricing plan that suits your needs.
- Once you’ve confirmed your email address and logged-in to the platform, it’ll show up the main screen. Here, you can add or remove cloud accounts, change the way your files are scanned (select file types, their sizes, etc), and view the results.
- To start with, click the Dropbox tab.
- Click Add New Drive to redirect you to the drive add page.
- Enter your Dropbox login credentials, and confirm access permissions.
- Once your Dropbox account is added, choose what to search- All Files or Custom files. The Custom files option allows you to filter file types- such as documents, images, videos, music, archives.
- Click Scan and now wait while the scan is in process.
- Now that the results are displayed, use the Select Duplicates button to mark/ unmark your files using different selection patterns.
- Finally, use the Select Action button to choose whether to move your files to the Deleted files folder, or to a custom folder of your choice.
Cloud Duplicate Finder Features
CDF offers many interesting features. Some of them are given below:
- Supports popular cloud storage platforms including Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, & Box.
- Your files are scanned on the cloud. This saves a lot of bandwidth and time.
- It offers different selection patterns to mark the newest, oldest, and other file versions.
- It provides in-house preview functionality so that you don’t have to download any images for review.
- Privacy-friendly: Uses the official APIs from respective cloud service provider platforms so that user data is protected and no one besides the user controls their information.
Raza Ali Kazmi works as an editor and technology content writer at Sorcim Technologies (Pvt) Ltd. He loves to pen down articles on a wide array of technology related topics and has also been diligently testing software solutions on Windows & Mac platforms.