You might be stuck with the issue of Dropbox taking up space on your PC, and it makes your computer feel so slow and run out of storage space. But don't panic, here are effective solutions to troubleshoot this problem and regain valuable storage on your computer.

Dropbox Taking Up Space on PC, What to Do?

When Dropbox desktop app is installed on your computer, it generates a local Dropbox folder automatically on your computer that syncs files and folders from the cloud. Over time, these files can be very large and take up a large amount of storage space on your computer if you set up to sync all Dropbox files to your computer instead of using selective sync or smart sync.


If your Dropbox storage taking up space on your computer can lead to various issues, including:

  • Slow system performance
  • Difficulty in accessing files and folders
  • Inability to install new software or updates
  • Risk of data loss if the system crashes

3 Ways for Freeing Up Space Dropbox on PC

To reduce Dropbox storage on your PC and optimize your system performance, follow these solutions:

Way 1: Identify Large Files and Folders

1. Open your Dropbox folder on your PC.

2. Sort files and folders by size to identify large items taking up space.

3. Consider deleting or moving large files to external storage or the cloud.

Way 2: Apply Selective Sync or Smart Sync

1. Launch the Dropbox app on your PC.

2. Go to the "Preferences" or "Settings" menu.

3. Enable "Selective Sync" or "Smart Sync" under the "Sync" menu.

4. Select which folders to sync to your PC and remove those that are unnecessary.

After that, you can set up the folders to be online only or available offline according to your different demands.

Way 3: Clear Cached Files

1. Open the Dropbox desktop app on your PC.

2. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner.

3. Select "Preferences" > "Account".

5. Click on "Clear cache" under the "Advanced" section.

6. Confirm the action to clear cached files and free up space on your PC.

Managing Dropbox Storage on Windows:

To effectively manage Dropbox storage on Windows, consider implementing these best practices:

  • Regularly go over your files and delete any that are no longer in use.
  • Use another cloud storage to store files that do not require instant access.
  • Optimize your file compression settings to reduce file size.
  • Monitor storage usage and take proactive steps to prevent it from reaching capacity.

FAQs: Dropbox Taking Up Space on PC

Q: Why does Dropbox use up space on my computer?

A: Dropbox syncs files and folders from the cloud to your local computer, which takes up storage space.

Q: How can I see how much space Dropbox is taking up on my PC?

A: To monitor Dropbox's storage usage, open the Dropbox client on your PC and go to the "Account" or "Settings" section.

Q: Can I remove files from Dropbox without removing them from my computer?

A: Yes, you can move files out of the Dropbox folder to other locations on your computer. which lets you delete files from Dropbox without removing them from your computer.

Q: Will deleting Dropbox free up space on my computer?

A: Yes, of course. If you uninstall Dropbox from your computer, which means that your Dropbox files are all online only on the Dropbox website, and delete all Dropbox files from your computer, that frees up space for your PC.

Q: What happens if the Dropbox storage on my PC is full?

A: If your Dropbox storage on your PC is full, you may notice performance concerns and difficulty accessing files. To continue to use Dropbox successfully, you must either free up space or upgrade your subscription.

Q: How can I retrieve deleted files from Dropbox on my PC?

A: Yes, Dropbox stores deleted files in the "Deleted Files" or "Trash" folder for 30 days on the Dropbox website, however, these deleted files are not stored in your computer's recycle bin unless you delete these files on your computer from the Dropbox folder. So, you can restore the deleted files within 30 days in Dropbox'tash on website in most cases.

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