How to Turn “Automatic backups” On or Off in Dropbox on Windows 11

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This article provides a guide on how to configure the “Automatic backups” setting in the Dropbox application on Windows 11. Users can adjust this setting to automatically backup changes to files and folders every 15 minutes or conserve storage space by turning it off for manual backups. The piece concludes with a practical step-by-step process…

This article explains how to turn “Automatic backups” on or off 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-inturning notifications on or off, managing backups, and more.

Another option users have is to turn “Automatic backups” on or off in the Dropbox app. By default, “Automatic backups” is turned on and backs up your files every 15 minutes.

With automatic backups turned on, Dropbox will automatically back up any changes to files and folders in the designated backup location.

This can be useful for users who frequently change important files and must ensure they are always backed up. On the other hand, if a user does not require frequent backups or wants to conserve storage space, turning off automatic backups can help and allow for manual backup when necessary.

Turn automatic backups on or off in the Dropbox app

As mentioned above, users can turn on or off automatic backups in the Dropbox app on Windows 11.

Turning off automatic backups will allow users to back up manually when necessary.

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 Dropbox Backups portal, under My PC (PCName), select the “Automatic backups” tile. Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to allow the Dropbox app to back up your files automatically.

To disable it, toggle the switch button back to the Off position.

Turn automatic backups on or off in Windows 11

When you turn off automatic backups, use the “Backup now” button when you want to backup your files to Dropbox’s cloud storage.

Turn automatic backups on or off in Windows 11

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn automatic backups on or off in the Dropbox app on Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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