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How do I pause and resume syncing from Dropbox?

Dropbox allows you to pause and resume syncing through the Dropbox menu in your system tray or menu bar.

When syncing is active, Dropbox will try to be smart about the amount of bandwidth it uses. Dropbox will use any remaining bandwidth available to download changes and only 75% of available bandwidth to upload changes. You can also adjust your bandwidth usage through the Dropbox desktop application's preferences.

If you'd like to stop Dropbox entirely, you can do so through an option in your Dropbox menu.

Windows Pause/Resume syncing on Windows XP

  1. Click on the Dropbox icon from your system tray.
  2. Click on the gear icon and select Pause syncing from the menu.
  3. A pause icon overlay will appear on the Dropbox menu indicating that syncing has paused.
  4. Return here to Resume syncing when you're ready for Dropbox to resume.

Mac OS X Pause/Resume syncing on your Mac

  1. Click on the Dropbox icon from your menu bar.
  2. Click on the gear icon and select Pause syncing from the menu.
  3. A pause icon overlay will appear on the Dropbox menu indicating that syncing has paused.
  4. Return here to Resume syncing when you're ready for Dropbox to resume.

Windows Pause/Resume syncing on Linux

  1. Click on the Dropbox icon from your menu bar.
  2. Select Pause syncing.
  3. A pause icon overlay will appear on the Dropbox menu indicating that syncing has paused.
  4. Return here to Resume syncing when you're ready for Dropbox to resume.

Windows Pause/Resume syncing on Windows

  1. Click on the Dropbox icon from your system tray.
  2. Click on the gear icon and select Pause syncing from the menu.
  3. A pause icon overlay will appear on the Dropbox menu indicating that syncing has paused.
  4. Return here to Resume syncing when you're ready for Dropbox to resume.