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How to download and install the Dropbox desktop app

Once installed, you’ll be prompted to either sign in or create a new account.

I have everything in the files to online-only, I've set it so that the files have zero logical size on Mac and this is the first time I've experienced an issue like this. As you can see the dropbox file says it's taking up 9.63GB but the files in the folder only take up 3MB because they're all set to online only. Thanks for any help! 4) Now your Mac will show a prompt message asking whether you really want to open Dropbox installer as it is downloaded from the internet. 5) Once you have opened the Dropbox.dmg, dropbox will be downloaded and installed in your Mac computer. 6) Once the installation is finished, Dropbox app will open up. Enter your username.

How to install the desktop app with admin privileges

Downloading Dropbox. Your Dropbox download should automatically start within seconds. Once the download finishes, click Run to start installing Dropbox. Formerly, this download options pop-up menu was appearing when I connected my smartphone to my desktop, but it appears a Windows or Dropbox update may have altered my download options settings. Once I found the right area in Dropbox, it opened the relevant section of the Windows 7 Control Panel, where there are multiple download options.

The Dropbox desktop app requires admin privileges to run with full functionality on your computer. This enables multiple different core features of Dropbox, including:

  • Sync icons that show the sync status of files and folders
  • Right-click context menus for taking quick actions in Dropbox
  • Access to Smart Sync

For the vast majority of users, the desktop app is automatically installed with admin privileges. However, if you didn't install with admin privileges you can follow the instructions below to do so.

Note: If you don't have admin rights on your computer (for example if you're using a work computer), you may need to ask your IT department for help.

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Install the Dropbox desktop app with admin privileges

  1. If you already have Dropbox installed, uninstall the application.
  2. Open the installer.
    • Do not right-click, and do not command-click Run as an Administrator
  3. Follow the instructions in the install wizard.
    • If you’re asked for an administrative username and password, enter them or contact your administrator to sign in.
    • If you’re not asked for an administrative username and password, you’re already an admin on your computer.
  4. Complete the installation and sign in to Dropbox.

Smart Sync and admin privileges

Some Dropbox users will have access to Smart Sync. If you have access to this feature, check that Dropbox is installed with admin privileges on each computer where the feature will be used.

Depending on the policies at your company, your team members may be able to install Dropbox with admin privileges on their own. If not, they may need the assistance of your IT team.

Why does the Dropbox desktop app for macOS require Keychain access?

Keychain is a password management system for Apple's macOS. Dropbox requires access to your Keychain to help verify your account and to provide another layer of security over the Dropbox app settings.

  • To grant Keychain access to Dropbox, click Allow or Always Allow (recommended for seamless access) when prompted to do so from macOS.
  • Clicking Deny will result in a 'Couldn't start Dropbox' error message. For security reasons, Dropbox will not start without access to your Keychain.

What is the Dropbox Web Helper for macOS?

Dropbox Web Helper supports the Dropbox user interface on macOS computers. It only runs when the desktop app is running. Dropbox Web Helper is an independent process, so it may start and stop at different times than the desktop app. If you adjust your firewall or antivirus software for Dropbox, we recommend similar adjustments for Dropbox Web Helper.

Dropbox Update is a process that makes sure the Dropbox desktop application is running the latest version. Dropbox Update is installed alongside the Dropbox desktop application on Mac computers running a supported macOS. Specifically, Dropbox Update:

  • Works in the background to check that you’re always using the latest version of the desktop application
  • Ensures that you always have the latest features and your Dropbox application is compatible with new Operating System updates

Note: A similar process is available on Windows computers with the Dropbox desktop application installed.

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How does Dropbox Update work?

Dropbox Update periodically checks to see if your computer is on the latest version of Dropbox. If your computer is using an older version, the new version of the desktop app is available the next time you start the app.

Can I uninstall Dropbox Update?

Dropbox Update must be installed on any compatible computer (OS X 10.7 or later) that has the Dropbox application installed. Dropbox Update keeps the desktop application on your computer on the current version and helps keep your desktop application running.

If you don’t want Dropbox Update to run on your computer, you can uninstall the Dropbox application. You can still access your files on dropbox.com and using the Dropbox mobile apps.

Do I have to be connected to the internet for Dropbox Update to work?

Yes, Dropbox Update requires an internet connection to check if you’re on the latest version of the application.

When does Dropbox Update run?

Dropbox Update doesn’t apply updates to the Dropbox desktop application while you’re interacting with the application. It downloads new versions in the background. Dropbox Update waits until you’re done performing a task before restarting the application to apply the update.

Dropbox Update can run when the Dropbox application is closed, but only to check for version updates. This periodic check is independent from the main Dropbox application. It helps Dropbox fix issues that might occur, even if the Dropbox application is unable to run.

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What should I see in the Activity Monitor?

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The process for Dropbox Update is called DropboxMacUpdate. There should be no other differences on your computer. Dropbox Update runs in the background and doesn’t affect any program except for the Dropbox application.