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How do I make Dropbox sync faster or control the bandwidth used?

Dropbox is smart about using bandwidth. It will only use as much as it can without interfering with your normal Internet usage.

Specifically, Dropbox automatically throttles itself to 75% of your maximum upload speed to prevent any noticeable slowdown in browsing. Downloads are performed at the fastest download speed available.

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These settings are customizable. If you'd like to change Dropbox's bandwidth settings, follow the steps below. If you'd like to increase the speed of the Camera Uploads feature, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Windows On Windows XP

  1. Click on the Dropbox icon from your system tray.
  2. Click on the gear icon and select Preferences... from the menu.

    The Dropbox icon
  3. Click on Bandwidth.
  4. You can manually adjust the bandwidth settings by selecting the radio button next to Limit to under the Download rate or Upload rate sections, and entering the rates you prefer in the fields provided. Rates are set in kilobytes per second. If you want the fastest rate possible, select the radio button next to Don't limit.

Note: Setting your Upload rate to Don't limit or a higher number than your connection is capable of will probably cause all your other Internet activity to slow down significantly.

Dropbox for Business users: If you are signed in to both your personal and work Dropboxes on your computer, the network preferences will apply across both.

Mac OS X On Mac OS X

  1. Click on the Dropbox icon from the menu bar.
  2. Click on the gear icon and select Preferences... from the menu.

    The Dropbox icon on the menu bar
  3. Click on Network.
  4. Next to Bandwidth click the Change Settings... button.
  5. You can manually adjust the bandwidth settings by selecting the radio button next to Limit to under the Download rate or Upload rate sections, and entering the rates you prefer in the fields provided. Rates are set in kilobytes per second. If you want the fastest rate possible, select the radio button next to Don't limit.

Note: Setting your Upload rate to Don't limit or a higher number than your connection is capable of will probably cause all your other Internet activity to slow down significantly.

Dropbox for Business users: If you are signed in to both your personal and work Dropboxes on your computer, the network preferences will apply across both.

Mac OS X On Linux

  1. Right-click on the Dropbox icon from your system tray and choose Preferences... from the menu.

    The Dropbox icon on the system tray
  2. Click on Bandwidth.
  3. You can manually adjust the bandwidth settings by selecting the radio button next to Limit to under the Download rate or Upload rate sections, and entering the rates you prefer in the fields provided. Rates are set in kilobytes per second. If you want the fastest rate possible, select the radio button next to Don't limit.

Note: Setting your Upload rate to Don't limit or a higher number than your connection is capable of will probably cause all your other Internet activity to slow down significantly.

Windows On Windows 7

  1. Click on the Dropbox icon from your system tray. You may need to click on the arrow to show all system tray icons.

    The Dropbox icon on the system tray
  2. Click on the gear icon and select Preferences... from the menu.
  3. Click on Bandwidth.
  4. You can manually adjust the bandwidth settings by selecting the radio button next to Limit to under the Download rate or Upload rate sections, and entering the rates you prefer in the fields provided. Rates are set in kilobytes per second. If you want the fastest rate possible, select the radio button next to Don't limit.

Note: Setting your Upload rate to Don't limit or a higher number than your connection is capable of will probably cause all your other Internet activity to slow down significantly.

Dropbox for Business users: If you are signed in to both your personal and work Dropboxes on your computer, the network preferences will apply across both.

How can I improve the upload speed of the Camera Upload feature?

You can use the desktop client to make the automatic Camera Upload feature faster. If you enable Camera Upload from the Dropbox desktop application, your photos and videos will automatically upload whenever you plug your mobile device into your computer. This should also increase your upload speeds.

To enable Camera Upload from the desktop client:

  1. Make sure you have the most recent version of the desktop client installed
  2. Click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar or system tray
  3. Click the gear icon in the Notifications pane
  4. Select Preferences
  5. Click the Import tab
  6. Check the box that says Enable camera uploads
  7. You can set it to upload only photos, or both photos and videos

The next time you plug in your phone, you will be asked whether you want to import your photos and videos from that device to Dropbox. Click yes, and Camera Upload will run. Any time you plug that device in to your computer, Dropbox will automatically check for and upload new photos and videos.