Change How Often Backups are Done in Dropbox on Windows 11



This summary discusses how to adjust the backup frequency in Dropbox on Windows 11. Dropbox, by default, automatically backs up files every 15 minutes. However, users can change this by selecting ‘Settings,’ then ‘Preferences,’ and under ‘Backups,’ choosing their desired backup frequency. Options include every 15 minutes, once per day, weekly, or a custom schedule.…

This article explains how to change the backup frequency in Dropbox on Windows 11.

Dropbox is a cloud storage service allowing users to store and share files and folders online. It offers features such as file syncing, file versioning, and collaboration tools, making it easier for teams to collaborate on projects.

One can configure many settings with the Dropbox app in Windows, including starting Dropbox on system startupdisabling Dropbox startup in the backgroundadding Microsoft Office add-inturning notifications on or offmanaging backups, turning automatic backups on or off, renaming backup device name, and more.

When you use Dropbox, it is set to automatically back up your files and folder every 15 minutes by default. There are other options one can choose from, including a less frequent schedule, turning off automatic backup, and only backing up when needed.

Someone might want to change how frequently backups are done in Dropbox for several reasons. First, if you have a lot of files and folders that you work with regularly, automatic backups every 15 minutes can take up a lot of system resources and slow down your computer.

Second, if you have limited internet bandwidth or a slow internet connection, frequent backups can eat up your data allowance and make it difficult to access other online services. Finally, suppose you only work with certain files or folders occasionally. In that case, there’s no point in backing them up every 15 minutes, so changing the schedule to a less frequent backup can save time, resources, and data usage.

Change backup frequency in Dropbox

As mentioned above, users can choose how frequently backup is done in the Dropbox app. By default, it’s done every 15 minutes.

Here’s how to change that.

First, open the Dropbox flyout window from the notification area. You can do that by clicking the Taskbar overflow and selecting Dropbox to open its flyout window.

Windows 11 turn on start Dropbox on system startup

When the flyout opens, select the Settings (gear) at the top of the screen and click Preferences.

Windows 11 turn on start Dropbox on system startup

On the Preferences page, select the Backups tab. Under “This PC,” click the Manage backups button.

Manage backups in Dropbox on Windows 11

If you have already set up Dropbox, click My PC (DeviceName) under the Sync and backups tab on the flyout window.

Rename device in the Dropbox app on Windows 11

This will open the Dropbox settings page.

Under Automatic backups, select the “Backups will happen” tile on the Dropbox Backup page. Then use the drop-down caret to choose how often backups will happen:

  • every 15 minutes
  • once a day
  • once a week
  • on a custom schedule
Choose when backup will happen in Dropbox on Windows 11

When you choose “on a custom schedule,” a custom schedule option will appear. Choose the days and times you want backups to happen and save.

Choose when backup will happen in Dropbox on Windows 11

That should do it!


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