Sync faster by controlling bandwidth

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 uploads to prevent any noticeable slowdown in browsing. Downloads are performed at the fastest download speed available.

You can also manually customize bandwidth settings by following the instructions below.

Select your operating system for instructions:

Linux

Customize bandwidth settings on Linux

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

Mac

Customize bandwidth settings on macOS

  1. Click the Dropbox icon from the menu bar.
  2. Click the gear icon and select Preferences... from the menu.
  3. Click Network.
  4. In the Bandwidth section, click Change Settings….
  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 Business users: If you are signed in to both a personal and work Dropbox on your computer, the network preferences will apply across both.

Windows

Customize bandwidth settings on Windows

  1. Click the Dropbox icon from your system tray. You may need to click on the arrow to show all system tray icons.
  2. Click the gear icon and select Preferences… from the menu.
  3. Click 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 Business users: If you are signed in to both a personal and work Dropbox on your computer, the network preferences will apply across both.

Did this article answer your question?

We’re sorry to hear that. Let us know how we can improve:

Thanks for your feedback!

Community answers
    Community answers

      Other ways to get help

      Community

      Twitter support

      Guided help