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How do I get notified of changes in my Dropbox?

To be notified of changes that occur in your Dropbox, you can either turn on notifications in the desktop application on your computer or subscribe to a Dropbox RSS feed using your favorite RSS feed reader.

Turn on desktop notifications

The desktop application can display notifications on your computer whenever a change is detected in your Dropbox. You can turn notifications on or off in the application's preferences.

  1. Click on the Dropbox icon from your menu bar (Mac) or system tray (Win/Linux)
  2. Click on the gear icon and select Preferences... from the menu
  3. Check the box next to Show desktop notifications

Subscribe to your Dropbox's RSS feed from the Dropbox website

If you prefer to use an RSS reader to be notified of changes to your Dropbox, you can get an RSS feed from the Dropbox website.

  1. Sign in to the Dropbox website (if you haven't already)
  2. Click on Events in the sidebar on the left
  3. By default, the RSS feed will show all the events from your entire Dropbox. If you want to get updates only about a specific shared folder, select it from the pull-down menu above the Changes list. If you're using Dropbox for Business, you need to select the individual folders you want to view notifications for
  4. Click the orange button with the RSS symbol.
    Subscribe to this feed link The RSS feed button
  5. In the pop-up window, copy the URL of the RSS feed
  6. In your RSS reader, use the "Subscribe" feature and paste the URL when prompted. Once you've subscribed to the feed, you'll get updates about your Dropbox just like any other feed you subscribe to

Disable your RSS feeds

Don't like having RSS feeds available? Visit your Account Settings to turn them off.