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
  • Using Smart Sync to see everything in your Dropbox 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- 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. You’re all set!
  5. Complete the installation and sign in to Dropbox.

Smart Sync

This section discusses a feature that is only available via early access for Dropbox Business teams. If you’d like to use this feature, you can enable it and get started.

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

Before deploying Smart Sync to your team, we recommend that you check that your team members have installed Dropbox with admin privileges on their computers. Learn how many of your team members installed Dropbox with admin privileges.

Note: Information about which team members installed Dropbox with admin privileges is only available before you enable Smart Sync.

Depending on the policies at your company, your team members may be able to install Dropbox with admin privileges on their own. If not, they may need the assistance of your IT team.

Learn more about Smart Sync.

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