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How do I remove files from my mobile device?

Remove a file from your iPhone

The Dropbox iPhone app only stores local copies of files if they are marked as Favorites. To remove the file from your Favorites list and your iPhone:

  1. Swipe from left to right over the file name to reveal a set of icons. If the file is currently a favorite, the star icon will be filled in.

    The star icon
  2. Tap the star to remove the file as a favorite.

Tapping the star icon while previewing a file will also remove it as a favorite.

Delete a file from your Dropbox

To delete a file from your iPhone and all of your computers and devices simultaneously:

  1. From the file list view, swipe from left to right over the file name to reveal a set of icons.

    The trash can icon
  2. Tap the trash can icon. You'll be prompted to confirm your choice to delete the file.

Tapping the trash can icon while previewing a file will also delete it.

To delete multiple files, you can tap the ellipsis (...) icon at the top right of the screen and then tap the Select option. Check the files you want to delete and tap the Delete button at the bottom of the screen.

Once you confirm your decision to delete a file, it will be removed from your iPhone, the Dropbox website, and all the computers linked to your Dropbox account.

Remove a file from your iPad

The Dropbox iPad app only stores local copies of files if they are marked as Favorites. To remove the file from your Favorites list and your iPad:

  1. Swipe from left to right over the file name to reveal a set of icons. If the file is currently a favorite, the star icon will be filled in.

    The star icon
  2. Tap the star to remove the file as a favorite.

Tapping the star icon while previewing a file will also remove it as a favorite.

Delete a file from your Dropbox

To delete a file from your iPad and all of your computers and devices simultaneously:

  1. From the file list view, swipe from left to right over the file name to reveal a set of icons.

    The trash can icon
  2. Tap the trash can icon. You'll be prompted to confirm your choice to delete the file.

Tapping the trash can icon while previewing a file will also delete it.

To delete multiple files, you can tap the ellipsis (...) icon at the top right of the screen and then tap the Select option. Select the files you want to delete and tap the Delete button at the bottom of the screen.

Once you confirm your choice to delete the file, it will be removed from your iPad, the Dropbox website, and all the computers linked to your Dropbox account.

There are two ways to remove a file from your phone or tablet. You can either remove them from your local memory or you can choose to delete the file from your Dropbox.

Removing files from your phone's memory

Local copies of your files download to your phone or tablet whenever they are opened via the Dropbox app. Once they have been opened, you can open them directly from your phone or tablet, even if you're offline. The files are saved directly to your phone's memory in what's called a cache. To remove the files from your phone or tablet, all you have to do is clear your cache from Settings

Clear your cache on phones with Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) or lower

To access your cache settings on phones and tablets with a menu button at the bottom of the screen:

  1. Launch the Dropbox app and press the Menu button on your phone or tablet
  2. Tap the Menu button (a button marked by four lines found next to your Home or Back buttons)
  3. Press the Settings button
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the resulting menu and press Clear Cache

Clear your cache on phones with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher

  1. Launch the Dropbox app and press the Menu link on the top right of your screen (marked by three vertical dots)
  2. Press the Settings menu option
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the resulting menu and press Clear Cache

Delete files from your Dropbox

  1. Launch the Dropbox app and navigate to the file you'd like to delete from your Dropbox
  2. Tap the blue down arrow to the right of the file
  3. Tap Delete to delete the file from Dropbox, your phone, and all computers connected to your account

Remove a file from your Windows Phone

The Dropbox Windows Phone app stores local copies of files if they are marked as Favorites. To remove the file from your Favorites list and your Windows Phone:

  1. Tap and hold on any file or folder name to reveal a list of actions.
  2. If the file is currently a favorite, there will be an option to Unfavorite it.

Within the app settings, you can also manually clear the cache which stores recently used files by following these steps:

  1. From your root Dropbox on the Files, Photos, or Favorites tab, tap the Ellipsis (⋯) button from the app bar and select Settings.
  2. Go into Cache and then select Clear Cache.

Delete a file from your Dropbox

To delete a file from your Windows Phone and all of your computers and devices simultaneously:

  1. Tap and hold on any file or folder name to reveal a list of actions.
  2. Select Delete. You'll be prompted to confirm your choice to delete the file.

Once you confirm your decision to delete a file, it will be removed from your Windows Phone, the Dropbox website, and all the computers linked to your Dropbox account.

Remove a file from your Windows tablet

The Dropbox Windows tablet app only stores local copies of files if they are marked as Favorites. To remove the file from your Favorites list and your Windows tablet:

  1. Swipe from left to right over the file name to reveal a set of icons. If the file is currently a favorite, the star icon will be filled in.
  2. Tap on the star to select the Unfavorite option.

Tapping the star icon while previewing a file will also remove it as a favorite.

Within the app settings, you can also manually clear the cache which stores recently used files by following these steps:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of your screen to bring up the Charms bar, and tap on Settings.
  2. Go into Cache and then select Clear Cache.

Delete a file from your Dropbox

To delete a file from your Windows tablet and all of your computers and devices simultaneously:

  1. Swipe from left to right over the file name to reveal a set of icons.
  2. Tap on the trash can icon to select the Delete option. You'll be prompted to confirm your choice to delete the file.

To delete multiple files, swipe left to right over a file to enter selection mode. Check the files you want to delete and tap the Delete icon at the bottom of the screen.

Once you confirm your decision to delete a file, it will be removed from your Windows tablet, the Dropbox website, and all the computers linked to your Dropbox account.

Dropbox will automatically download files to your phone's local memory, or cache, whenever you open a file. To control the amount of files Dropbox downloads, press the BlackBerry button from inside the Dropbox app and select Settings. You can change the size of your cache from the Cache menu.