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  10. Photos and videos
  11. Mobile

How do I uninstall Dropbox?

Uninstalling the Dropbox application 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.

Windows Uninstalling the Desktop Application on Windows XP

  1. Exit Dropbox (click on the Dropbox icon from the system tray, click on the gear icon, select Preferences... and then "Exit Dropbox").
  2. Click on 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.

Removing the files from your Dropbox Folder

Your Dropbox folder and its contents will remain intact. However, to remove the files in your Dropbox folder from your hard drive, you can drag and drop your Dropbox folder to the Recycle Bin.

For our advanced users

Removing 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), type or 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

Mac OS X icon Uninstalling the Desktop Application on Mac OS X

  1. Quit Dropbox (click on the Dropbox icon from the menu bar, click on the gear icon, and then select "Quit Dropbox").
  2. Drag-and-drop Dropbox to the trash from your Applications folder.
  3. 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.

Removing the files from your Dropbox Folder

Your Dropbox folder and its contents will remain intact. However, to remove the files in your Dropbox folder from your hard drive, you can drag and drop your Dropbox folder to the Garbage.

For our advanced users

(Optional) Uninstalling 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. Now 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. Remove your Dropbox application system settings by selecting all files in the folder and dragging and dropping them into the trash.

Linux Uninstalling the Desktop Application on Linux

Run the following command in your Terminal window:

sudo apt-get remove dropbox; rm -rvf ~/.dropbox ~/.dropbox-dist

Removing the files from your Dropbox Folder

Your Dropbox folder and its contents will remain intact. However, to remove the files in your Dropbox folder from your hard drive, you can remove the files like so:

rm -rv ~/Dropbox

Windows Uninstalling the Desktop Application 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.

Windows Uninstalling the Desktop Application on Windows 8

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

Removing the files from your Dropbox Folder

Your Dropbox folder and its contents will remain intact. However, to remove the files in your Dropbox folder from your hard drive, you can drag and drop your Dropbox folder to the Recycle Bin.

For our advanced users

Removing 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), type or 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