How to Uninstall Dropbox From Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Uninstall Dropbox From Mac

If you no longer need Dropbox on your Mac and want to uninstall it, this tutorial will guide you through the process. Whether you’re looking to switch to a different cloud storage service or simply freeing up some space on your computer, removing Dropbox is a straightforward procedure.

Step 1: Quit Dropbox

Before uninstalling Dropbox, make sure it is not running in the background. To quit Dropbox, follow these steps:

  • Option 1: Click on the Dropbox icon in the menu bar at the top right corner of your screen. From the dropdown menu, select “Quit Dropbox”.
  • Option 2: Open the Applications folder on your Mac, locate and double-click on “Dropbox”. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Dropbox” and choose “Quit Dropbox”.

Step 2: Move Dropbox to Trash

To uninstall Dropbox completely, follow these steps:

  1. Option 1: Open Finder and navigate to the Applications folder.
  2. Optionally, you can press Command + Shift + A as a shortcut to open the Applications folder directly.
  3. In the Applications folder, find and drag “Dropbox” into the Trash bin located in your Dock.
    • Note:
      • If you encounter an error message saying that Dropbox is still running or cannot be deleted because it is in use, make sure Dropbox is not open and running in the background, then try again.
    • If prompted, enter your administrator password to confirm the deletion of Dropbox.

Step 3: Remove Dropbox Preferences and Cache Files

To ensure that all traces of Dropbox are removed from your Mac, you should delete its preferences and cache files. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder and click on the “Go” menu in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  2. Hold down the Option key on your keyboard to reveal the “Library” option in the dropdown menu.
  3. Click on “Library” to navigate to your user library folder.
  4. In your user library folder, locate and open the “Application Support” folder.
  5. Find and delete the following files or folders related to Dropbox:
    • com.dropbox.DropboxMacUpdate.agent.plist
    • com.getdropbox.cache
    • com.plist
    • DropboxHelperTools

    Note: Deleting these files will permanently remove any preferences or cache associated with Dropbox. If you plan on reinstalling Dropbox in the future, you may want to back up these files instead of deleting them.

Step 4: Empty Trash

To complete the uninstallation process, empty your Trash bin. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Trash bin icon in your Dock to open it.
  2. In the top menu bar, click on “Finder” and select “Empty Trash”.
  3. Alternatively, you can right-click on the Trash bin icon and choose “Empty Trash”.
  4. Click on “Empty Trash” to confirm the deletion of all items in your Trash bin, including Dropbox.

Congratulations! You have successfully uninstalled Dropbox from your Mac. If you ever decide to reinstall Dropbox in the future, simply download and install it again from the official Dropbox website.

Note: Uninstalling Dropbox will remove all locally stored files and folders synced with your Dropbox account. Make sure to back up any important data before proceeding with the uninstallation process.

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