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How do I move my Dropbox to a new computer?

You can transfer the files in your Dropbox to a new computer using the desktop application and one of these methods:

  • Link the computer to your account in the desktop application and let your files download automatically.
  • Copy your files manually from a portable storage device (such as a USB or external hard drive) to the Dropbox folder on the new computer. The application will index the files and see that they are the same files in your account.

Download files from your account

Install the latest version of the Dropbox desktop application on your new computer and sign in when prompted. The application will create a Dropbox folder and begin downloading the files from your account. Depending on the amount of stuff you have and the speed of your internet connection, it might take a while for the download to finish. But if you want to make the process as simple and effortless as possible, this is the way to go.

Copy files manually

On your old computer

  1. Update the Dropbox desktop application to the latest version.
  2. Wait until syncing has finished, as indicated by the green circle with the checkmark on the Dropbox icon in your menu bar.
  3. Once syncing has completed, copy the contents of your Dropbox folder to your portable drive (such as a USB drive or external hard drive).

On your new computer

  1. Install the latest version of the Dropbox desktop application and sign in to your account when prompted.
  2. The application will create a Dropbox folder and begin downloading files from your account. Stop the download immediately by clicking the Dropbox icon in your menu bar, clicking the gear icon, and selecting Pause Syncing from the menu.
  3. Copy the files from your portable drive into the Dropbox folder. The default location of the folder on your Mac is /Users/yourUserName/Dropbox (such as /Users/Robert/Dropbox).
  4. Resume syncing by clicking the Dropbox icon in your menu bar, clicking the gear icon, and selecting Resume Syncing from the menu.

The Dropbox desktop application will then start indexing the files in your Dropbox folder. If all of these files are the same as the files in your account online, indexing will finish, and you'll be all set.

If, in the middle of this process, a file has changed in your account (for example, someone else has updated a file in a shared folder), Dropbox will generate a conflicted copy so that both versions of the file are preserved.

For our advanced users

  • By default, Dropbox will try to download all of the folders in your account. If there are folders you don't want taking up space on your new computer, you can use the Selective Sync feature to deselect them. However, you may need to wait until Dropbox has finished its initial indexing of your files for the Selective Sync settings to become available.
  • If you're going to copy files manually, you may want to leave shared folders temporarily, copy your non-shared stuff to the Dropbox folder, then rejoin the shared folders and let them download to your computer. This will prevent Dropbox from generating conflicted copies of files if other people have changed them, as described above.

Copy files manually

On your old computer

  1. Update the Dropbox desktop application to the latest version.
  2. Wait until syncing has finished, as indicated by the green circle with the checkmark on the Dropbox icon in your system tray.
  3. Once syncing has completed, copy the contents of your Dropbox folder to your portable drive (such as a USB drive or external hard drive).

On your new computer

  1. Install the latest version of the Dropbox desktop application and sign in to your account when prompted.
  2. The application will create a Dropbox folder and begin downloading files from your account. Stop the download immediately by clicking the Dropbox icon in your system tray, clicking the gear icon, and selecting Pause Syncing from the menu.
  3. Copy the files from your portable drive into the Dropbox folder. The default location of the folder on your Windows PC is %HOMEPATH%\Dropbox (such as C:\Users\Robert\My Documents\Dropbox).
  4. Resume syncing by clicking the Dropbox icon in your system tray, clicking the gear icon, and selecting Resume Syncing from the menu.

The Dropbox desktop application will then start indexing the files in your Dropbox folder. If all of these files are the same as the files in your account online, indexing will finish, and you'll be all set.

If, in the middle of this process, a file has changed in your account (for example, someone else has updated a file in a shared folder), Dropbox will generate a conflicted copy so that both versions of the file are preserved.

For our advanced users

  • If you have a lot of stuff to download, you can speed things up by turning off the LAN sync option in the application preferences. Click on the Dropbox icon in the system tray, then click on the gear icon and select Preferences... from the menu. Then on the General tab, uncheck Enable LAN sync.
  • By default, Dropbox will try to download all of the folders in your account. If there are folders you don't want taking up space on your new computer, you can use the Selective Sync feature to deselect them. However, you may need to wait until Dropbox has finished its initial indexing of your files for the Selective Sync settings to become available.
  • If you're going to copy files manually, you may want to leave shared folders temporarily, copy your non-shared stuff to the Dropbox folder, then rejoin the shared folders and let them download to your computer. This will prevent Dropbox from generating conflicted copies of files if other people have changed them, as described above.

Copy files manually

On your old computer

  1. Update the Dropbox desktop application to the latest version.
  2. Wait until syncing has finished, as indicated by the green circle with the checkmark on the Dropbox icon in your system tray.
  3. Once syncing has completed, copy the contents of your Dropbox folder to your portable drive (such as a USB drive or external hard drive).

On your new computer

  1. Install the latest version of the Dropbox desktop application and sign in to your account when prompted.
  2. The application will create a Dropbox folder and begin downloading files from your account. Stop the download immediately by clicking the Dropbox icon in your system tray, clicking the gear icon, and selecting Pause Syncing from the menu.
  3. Copy the files from your portable drive into the Dropbox folder. The default location of the folder on your Windows PC is %HOMEPATH%\Dropbox (such as C:\Users\Robert\My Documents\Dropbox).
  4. Resume syncing by clicking the Dropbox icon in your system tray, clicking the gear icon, and selecting Resume Syncing from the menu.

The Dropbox desktop application will then start indexing the files in your Dropbox folder. If all of these files are the same as the files in your account online, indexing will finish, and you'll be all set.

If, in the middle of this process, a file has changed in your account (for example, someone else has updated a file in a shared folder), Dropbox will generate a conflicted copy so that both versions of the file are preserved.

For our advanced users

  • If you have a lot of stuff to download, you can speed things up by turning off the LAN sync option in the application preferences. Click on the Dropbox icon in the system tray, then click on the gear icon and select Preferences... from the menu. Then on the General tab, uncheck Enable LAN sync.
  • By default, Dropbox will try to download all of the folders in your account. If there are folders you don't want taking up space on your new computer, you can use the Selective Sync feature to deselect them. However, you may need to wait until Dropbox has finished its initial indexing of your files for the Selective Sync settings to become available.
  • If you're going to copy files manually, you may want to leave shared folders temporarily, copy your non-shared stuff to the Dropbox folder, then rejoin the shared folders and let them download to your computer. This will prevent Dropbox from generating conflicted copies of files if other people have changed them, as described above.

Copy files manually

On your old computer

  1. Update the Dropbox desktop application to the latest version.
  2. Wait until syncing has finished, as indicated by the green circle with the checkmark on the Dropbox icon in your menu bar.
  3. Once syncing has completed, copy the contents of your Dropbox folder to your portable drive (such as a USB drive or external hard drive).

On your new computer

  1. Install the latest version of the Dropbox desktop application and sign in to your account when prompted.
  2. The application will create a Dropbox folder and begin downloading files from your account. Stop the download immediately by clicking the Dropbox icon in your menu bar and selecting Pause Syncing from the menu.
  3. Copy the files from your portable drive into the Dropbox folder. The default location of the folder on Linux is /home/yourUserName/Dropbox (such as /home/robert/Dropbox).
  4. Resume syncing by clicking the Dropbox icon in your menu bar and selecting Resume Syncing from the menu.

The Dropbox desktop application will then start indexing the files in your Dropbox folder. If all of these files are the same as the files in your account online, indexing will finish, and you'll be all set.

If, in the middle of this process, a file has changed in your account (for example, someone else has updated a file in a shared folder), Dropbox will generate a conflicted copy so that both versions of the file are preserved.

For our advanced users

  • By default, Dropbox will try to download all of the folders in your account. If there are folders you don't want taking up space on your new computer, you can use the Selective Sync feature to deselect them. However, you may need to wait until Dropbox has finished its initial indexing of your files for the Selective Sync settings to become available.
  • If you're going to copy files manually, you may want to leave shared folders temporarily, copy your non-shared stuff to the Dropbox folder, then rejoin the shared folders and let them download to your computer. This will prevent Dropbox from generating conflicted copies of files if other people have changed them, as described above.

Dropbox for Business users

If you've connected your personal and Business Dropboxes, you’ll be prompted to link the Dropboxes when you download and install the application on a new computer. After you sign in to one Dropbox, we will recognize that you have linked your Dropbox through the settings on the website and invite you to download a separate folder for your other Dropbox. If you would like to speed up the transfer process and copy your files manually, just follow the same steps above and repeat separately for each folder.