Install Dropbox with admin privileges

Many applications require admin privileges, including the Dropbox desktop application. The Dropbox desktop application uses admin privileges to make Dropbox easy to use. Some of the benefits of installing Dropbox with admin privileges are:

  • Sync icons that show the sync status of files and folders
  • Right-click context menus for taking quick actions in Dropbox
  • Access to Smart Sync, which lets you see everything in your Dropbox while using virtually no hard drive space

Install the Dropbox application with admin privileges

  1. If you already have Dropbox installed, uninstall the application.
  2. Download the Dropbox application.
  3. Open the installer.
    • Note: Don't right-click or command-click Run as an Administrator.
  4. Follow the instructions in the install wizard.
    • If you are asked for an administrative username and password, enter them or contact your administrator to sign in.
    • If you aren’t asked for an administrative username and password, you are an admin on your computer.
  5. Complete the installation and sign in to Dropbox.

Smart Sync

This section discusses a feature that is only available for Dropbox Professional customers, or via early access for Dropbox Business teams.

What does it mean for a Dropbox product to be in "alpha" or "beta"?

Before deploying Smart Sync, check that Dropbox is installed with admin privileges on each computer where the feature will be used.

Learn more about Smart Sync.

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