How to Manage Backups in Dropbox on Windows 11



The article provides a guide on managing backups in the Dropbox app on Windows 11. It stresses the importance of backing up critical files to Dropbox to prevent data loss and save storage space. The article provides a step-by-step process of how to select specific folders for backup, add or remove folders in Dropbox, and…

This article explains how to manage backups in the Dropbox app 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-in, turning notifications on or off, and more.

When you use Dropbox, you can manage your backups anytime by choosing what and when to back up, including external drives and computer folders–like your Desktop and Documents.

When choosing what to back up, consider backing up only important folders to Dropbox to save space and avoid backing up unnecessary files. Dropbox offers limited storage space, and backing up large files or folders you don’t need can quickly consume your allotted storage space.

By backing up only important folders, you can ensure that your most critical files are backed up and protected in case of an unexpected data loss or system failure. However, it’s ultimately up to you to decide which folders are important and worth backing up to Dropbox.

You may want to consider backing up folders containing work or personal documents, photos, music, and other files you can’t afford to lose.

Manage your backups on Dropbox

As mentioned above, users can choose what and when to back up their important files and folders with Dropbox on Windows.

They can add or remove folders from their Dropbox account using the manage backup settings in the app.

Here’s how to do 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

On the next screen, select or unselect the folders you want to back up to your Dropbox cloud service automatically.

Click the More link to select more folders to include in your backup plan.

Clicking the More link opens a window with options to add more folders to backup to Dropbox. Select all the folders and subfolders you want to back up.

Then click Save.

Manage backups in Dropbox on Windows 11

Back to the setup screen, click the Set up button to save your changes.

Manage backups in Dropbox on Windows 11

Once you’re done, your files will start syncing with your Dropbox online storage. The next time you open the Manage backups page, you will see information about folders in your backup plan.

Manage backups in Dropbox on Windows 11

That should do it!


This post showed you how to set up and manage backups in Dropbox on Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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