Storing Files in the Cloud with Dropbox

Dropbox is a great software tool to use if you want to store files in the cloud. Just like other services such as OneDrive and Google Drive, Dropbox lets you store and access files from any laptop, tablet or smartphone that can connect to the internet.

The Power of Synchronisation

As well as seeing files from a connected device, you can work with Dropbox files on a Windows or Mac computer as if they were stored locally on your computer. This is done via some clever synchronisation software that you can install and which runs in the background to send any files changes up to your Dropbox account in the cloud.

Dropbox sync client.

For most of the time, the synchronisation software works flawlessly and you don’t realise that it is sending your files up to the cloud. But it is possible that this synchronisation can slow down and in this post, we’re going to show you how to change the Dropbox settings to make the synchronisation speed as fast as possible.

Dropbox Synchronisation Settings

When you install the Dropbox synchronisation software onto your Windows or Mac computer, Dropbox sets the upload speed as close as possible to 75% of your maximum upload speed. This is to stop Dropbox grabbing all the upload availability and possibly slowing down other internet connected programs on your computer. However, it is possible to change this setting so that Dropbox can upload as quickly as your internet connection will allow and we’re going to show you how.

Change Dropbox Upload Settings

To change this setting, click on the Dropbox icon (bottom right-hand corner of a Windows screen or top-right corner of a Mac) and the Dropbox software window will open.

Dropbox sync client.

In this window, click on the account icon

Dropbox account icon.

and a drop-down menu will appear.

Dropbox account drop-down menu.

From this drop-down menu, click on the line that reads “Preferences”.

Preferences line highlighted in account drop-down menu.

This will open the Dropbox preferences window.

Dropbox preferences window.

In this window click on the “Bandwidth” icon and the contents of the window will change to show you the download and upload settings for Dropbox.

Dropbox bandwidth preferences.

In the “Upload rate” area, click on the radio button for “Don’t limit” and then click on the “OK” button to save the change and close the preferences window.

Changed upload limits in Dropbox bandwidth preferences.

Dropbox will now upload files to the cloud as quickly as possible for your internet connection.

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