Having been around for more than a decade, Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud services on the web. Over this period, it’s matured and expanded well – but chances are that you’re not using even half of its numerous features. The software is good at file synchronisation that one might probably never feel the need to delve in and discover what else it can do. Be it hosting a website or recovering lost files, there’s much more to it than mere file storage and sharing. Here we’ve a few computer tips for you to become an expert with tips to access files from anywhere and share files more easily as well as save on space and bandwidth.

Saving Space

Dropbox by default syncs all your files across all computers on which it’s set up. It might not be a problem on a fast system with a high capacity hdd, but it could be taxing for a lightweight laptop. In order to have only certain files and folders sync on a particular system, you need to update your system by navigating into preferences and get to the Sync tab on that system and. You can select “Choose folders to sync”, and untick those that you don’t want synchronised on that machine.

You can ensure space saving by having files sync locally. If you disable syncing of a particular folder across all of your systems, the only copy will be on the Dropbox cloud. It goes without saying that you should never trust your originals to a third party. Make sure you have one copy of every file available offline, either on an external drive or optical disc.

Saving Bandwidth

In preferences, you can switch to the Bandwidth tab to ensure the LAN sync option has been enabled. This computer update utilizes your local network to synchronise files across neighboring systems that are logged in with the same Dropbox account. This translates into quicker syncing and less hogging of your internet connection.

You can also specify limits on both download and upload rates to free up internet bandwidth. These are by default set to no or automatic limits but can be manually adjusted.

Specifying lower limits will allow other web-enabled services use slower broadband connections more effectively. The drawback however is that your Dropbox synchronisation will take longer.

Access on the move

Dropbox apps for both iOS and Android let you browse and view synchronised files from anywhere. You also can download files directly to your physical device, and edit them in an app of your choice. Once finished with changes, you can store your updated file back to Dropbox.

Those using an iPhone or iPad can also access the files on Dropbox via iOS 11’s Files app. One needs to edit the list of locations and add Dropbox to it. You will need to authenticate access by logging in through the Dropbox app.

Once logged in, Dropbox files will be visible (also on Google Drive, Box and iCloud) They’ll also sync with the Recents tab – so that a file you’ve recently updated on another computer will appear on top of the list on your current device, allowing you to carry on.

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