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How do I uninstall Dropbox?

Uninstalling the Dropbox desktop app will remove Dropbox from your computer. Once Dropbox is removed, the Dropbox menu will no longer appear and Dropbox will no longer sync the files in your Dropbox folder. Uninstalling Dropbox will not delete your Dropbox account or remove the files in your Dropbox folder from your hard drive.

Uninstall the desktop app on Windows XP

  1. Exit Dropbox.
    • Click the Dropbox icon from the system tray, click the gear icon, select Preferences... and then Exit Dropbox.
  2. Click the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  3. Click the Add/Remove Programs link.
  4. Select Dropbox from the list of programs and click Uninstall.

Remove the files in your Dropbox Folder

If you would like to remove the files in your Dropbox folder from your hard drive, you can drag and drop your Dropbox folder to the Recycle Bin.

Be aware that this action will delete your local Dropbox folder. Any files in your local Dropbox folder that have not synced will not be available on dropbox.com.

For our advanced users

Remove settings files

Uninstalling Dropbox using the steps above will remove Dropbox from your hard drive. Optionally, you can also clean Dropbox settings files out of your Application Data folder.

  1. In any Windows Explorer window (the program that you view files on your computer with), copy and paste the following code into the location bar at the top of the window and press return:
    %APPDATA%
    This will take you to your Application Data folder.
  2. Move the folder named Dropbox to the Recycle Bin.
  3. Repeat steps one and two, pasting the following code into the location bar at the top of the window and pressing return:
    %LOCALAPPDATA%
    This will take you to a secondary Application Data folder, which may also contain a Dropbox folder to move to the Recycle Bin.

Uninstall the desktop app on Mac OS X

  1. Unlink your computer from your Dropbox account.
    • From your desktop, click the Dropbox icon in the menu bar, then click the gear icon, select Preferences..., click the Account tab, and click Unlink this Dropbox...
  2. Quit Dropbox.
    • Click the Dropbox icon from the menu bar, click the gear icon, and then select Quit Dropbox.
  3. Drag and drop Dropbox from your Applications folder to the Trash.

Your Dropbox folder and its contents will remain intact. However, if you'd like to remove that as well, you can drag and drop your Dropbox folder to the Trash.

Remove the files in your Dropbox Folder

If you would like to remove the files in your Dropbox folder from your hard drive, drag and drop your Dropbox folder to the Trash.

Be aware that this action will delete your local Dropbox folder. Any files in your local Dropbox folder that have not synced will not be available on dropbox.com.

For our advanced users

(Optional) Uninstall the Dropbox contextual menu:

  1. Open the Finder and select Go to folder... from the Go menu (or press Shift+Command+G).
  2. A dialog box should appear. Copy and paste the following line into the box and press the return key:
                    /Library
                    
  3. Delete the DropboxHelperTools folder by moving it to the Trash.

(Optional) Removing your Dropbox application settings:

  1. Open the Finder and select Go to folder... from the Go menu (or press Shift+Command+G).
  2. A dialog box should appear. Now copy and paste the following line into the box and press the return key:
                      ~/.dropbox
                      
  3. To remove your Dropbox application system settings, select all files in the folder and drag and drop them into the Trash.

Uninstall the desktop app on Linux

Depending on your operating system and the package used during installation, certain command lines inputted into your terminal window will uninstall the desktop app. Copy and paste the following commands one-by-one into your terminal window, hitting Enter after each command. If some of the commands listed produce an error, do not be concerned. By the last command, the desktop app will be successfully uninstalled from your computer.


dropbox stop
dropbox status  # Should report "not running"
rm -rf ~/.dropbox-dist
rm -rf /var/lib/dropbox
rm -rf ~/.dropbox*
sudo apt-get remove nautilus-dropbox
sudo apt-get remove dropbox
rm /etc/apt/source.d/dropbox

Remove the files in your Dropbox Folder

If you would like to remove the files in your Dropbox folder from your hard drive, enter the following command into your terminal and hit Enter. This command may need to be altered if your Dropbox folder is not in the default location.

rm -rv ~/Dropbox

Be aware that this action will delete your local Dropbox folder. Any files in your local Dropbox folder that have not synced will not be available on dropbox.com.

Uninstall the desktop app on Windows Vista or Windows 7

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
  3. Select Dropbox from the list of programs, and click Uninstall.

Uninstall the desktop app on Windows 8

  1. Search Control Panel at the Start screen and select it.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
  3. Select Dropbox from the list of programs, and click Uninstall.

Uninstall Dropbox if it came preloaded on your computer

If the manufacturer of your computer preloaded Dropbox, you may also need to uninstall the promotional software that came with your device. To do so:

  1. Launch the Add/Remove Programs utility.

    • Windows 8:
      1. Click Start.
      2. Click Apps.
      3. Click Control Panel.
      4. Click Uninstall a program.

    • Windows 10:
      1. Click Start.
      2. Click Settings.
      3. Click System.
      4. Click Apps & features.
  2. Select Get Dropbox or Dropbox X GB from the application list, where "X" is the amount of space corresponding to your promotion.
  3. Click Uninstall.

Remove the files in your Dropbox Folder

If you would like to remove the files in your Dropbox folder from your hard drive, drag and drop your Dropbox folder to the Recycle Bin.

Be aware that this action will delete your local Dropbox folder. Any files in your local Dropbox folder that have not synced will not be available on dropbox.com.

For our advanced users

Remove settings files

Uninstalling Dropbox using the steps above will remove Dropbox from your hard drive. Additionally, you can remove Dropbox settings files out of your Application Data folder.

  1. In any Windows Explorer window (the program that you view files on your computer with), copy and paste the following code into the location bar at the top of the window and press Enter:
    %APPDATA%
    This will take you to your Application Data folder.
  2. Move the folder named Dropbox to the Recycle Bin.
  3. Paste the following code into the location bar at the top of the window and press Enter:
    %LOCALAPPDATA%
    This will take you to a secondary Application Data folder, which may also contain a Dropbox folder to move to the Recycle Bin.