Pause and resume syncing

If you use the Dropbox desktop app, you can stop or start sync (we call this Pause or Resume) at any time. To do so:

  1. Click the Dropbox menu in the system tray or menu bar of your computer.
  2. Click the gear icon (this looks like a small cog).
  3. Click Pause syncing or Resume syncing.

The Dropbox icon in the system tray or menu bar will change if the app is paused.  

The gear icon in the system tray of a Mac computer
The gear icon will look similar to this on Linux, Mac, and Windows

When syncing is active, Dropbox will try to be smart about the amount of bandwidth it uses:

  • For downloads, Dropbox will use any remaining bandwidth available
  • For uploads, Dropbox will use 75% of available bandwidth

You can also adjust your bandwidth usage in the Dropbox desktop application.

If you'd like to stop Dropbox entirely:

  1. Click the Dropbox menu in the system tray or menu bar of your computer.
  2. Click the gear icon (this looks like a small cog).
  3. Click Quit Dropbox.

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