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How Do I Force Dropbox to Sync Folder?

Hi all, please help me. I have sync problem with my Dropbox folder. I am looking at my Dropbox through my browser, everything is there and up to date. I'm also looking at my Dropbox on my computer, everything is there and no syncing icons, just a big bag of green ticks. But whats on my computer isn't equal to whats in my Dropbox. I am missing folders and files. Is there any right-click option or refresh button to force Dropbox to sync folders? Thanks in advance.

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Is there any way to force Dropbox to sync? As a matter of fact, Dropbox does not provide any force sync option for you to sync files. But you still can perform Dropbox force sync folder like the following part. And the below solutions could also help you fix Dropbox stuck syncing, Dropbox not syncing, or Dropbox syncing forever problems.

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Way 1. Pause and Resume Dropbox Sync

Sometimes, Dropbox different content between Dropbox website and the computer could be fixed by pausing and resuming sync:

1. Please install Dropbox desktop app on your computer, then log in to your account.

2. Click the Dropbox icon on the system tray, your Dropbox will show Up to date info on the bottom of your Dropbox window.

Dropbox Up to Date

3. Hover over the Up to date info it will show the Pause syncing button, and click it, it will show you four options: 30 minutes, 1 hour, Until tomorrow, Indefinitely. Choose the option you want.

Dropbox Pause Syncing Options

4. And it will pause the Dropbox sync process.

5. Wait for a few minutes, tap the Dropbox icon, and click Resume syncing.

Dropbox Resume Syncing

Then it will start the Dropbox sync engine and sync your content.

Way 2. Rename the Dropbox Folders or Files

If you find the Dropbox folders or files on your computer are different from those in, you could rename the folder name or file name to make Dropbox force sync folders. Please ensure your folder name and file name does not contain the following incompatible characters:

> < : “ | ? * . / \

Please ensure your file name or folder name not include the above characters. Dropbox force sync folder will begin. 

Way 3. Move and Move Back to Dropbox folder to Force Sync

You could perform Dropbox force sync by moving and moving back to Dropbox folder, then Dropbox will sync your files and folders again, then check if the content is up to date.

Way 4. Restart Dropbox Desktop App

If you want to force Dropbox to sync, restarting Dropbox is another way to restart Dropbox sync engine and it will process the changes and sync it automatically.

1. Tap the Dropbox icon in the system tray, and then click your Dropbox profile, and choose Quit.

Quit Dropbox Windows

2. Then go to Start, scroll down to find Dropbox folder, and expand it to select Dropbox to open Dropbox app.

Start Dropbox

3. Now Dropbox will start syncing your files to make the Dropbox content be consistent among devices.

Way 5. Force Dropbox to Sync with Selective Sync

If the above solutions not working for you to force Dropbox to sync, you could try the Dropbox selective sync to remove the folders from your computer, then sync it again to your computer, then it will keep the same content with your Dropbox account:

1. Click the Dropbox icon on the system tray, tap your Dropbox profile, and select Preferences.

Dropbox Preferences

2. Select the Sync tab, then press the Selective Sync... button.

Dropbox Selective Sync Option

3. Uncheck the folder that you want to force a sync, then click Update > Update to remove the folder on your computer. You will find the folder in File Explorer has been removed.

Dropbox Selective Sync

4. Then click the Selective Sync... button, tick the folder you want to force sync, click Update > Update.

The Dropbox force sync folder will begin and the content will keep the same as that on

Way 6. Check Your Computer Connected with Internet

If your computer does not have Internet access, your Dropbox folder will not be synced to the Dropbox server, please ensure you have access to the Internet. It will sync the Dropbox folder on your computer to the Dropbox server automatically once your computer has an internet connection.

Way 7. Download or Upload to Force Dropbox to Sync

If you find files or folders on Dropbox website is the latest version, you could download the dropbox folders or files to Drobpox folder on your computer to keep the same files or folders.

1. Please log in to your Dropbox account and select the folder you want to force sync.

2. Click the Download button and you will get a .zip file. Then unzip the file and move it to the Dropbox folder on your computer. That’s all. 

Download Dropbox Folder

If you stuck in Dropbox syncing issues, and the folder on your computer is the latest, uploading the folder to Dropbox website is another way to force Dropbox to sync folder.

1. Please log into your Dropbox account, click All Files on the left, tap the Upload button, choose Folder.

Upload Folder to Dropbox

2. Then select the folder from your computer that you want to force sync to Dropbox.

Bonus Tip: Best Free Way to Force Dropbox to Sync

If the above ways not working for you, it’s highly recommended to try the free cloud backup service CBackup, which is designed to backup files to Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc. Besides, you could perform Dropbox schedule sync as you want, like a specific time, daily, weekly, or monthly. Please download the CBackup desktop app, even get unlimited Dropbox storage space by merging multiple Dropbox accounts or other clouds.

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1. please create a new CBackup account, and sign in to CBackup desktop app.

2. Click My Storage on the left side, and click + Add Cloud button, then choose Dropbox and hit Add. Then follow the on-screen guide to allow CBackup to access your Dropbox files.

Add Cloud

Select Dropbox

3. Edit Dropbox Display Name, and Storage Path, then tick the option “Please do not change the path directly in the third-party cloud, nor modify or delete the backup file.”, then click OK to add Dropbox.

Complete Dropbox Info

4. Select the Backup Tasks tab, and then press + New Task button to backup files to Dropbox. Specify the Task Name, and click Add Source button to choose folders you want to backup to Dropbox. Hit Add Destination button to choose Dropbox as the target location.

Create Task

Add Source and Destination

5. Tap Settings at the bottom of the window, tick Set a backup schedule for automated backup option, specify the time you want to backup folders to Dropbox, and click OK.

Schedule Backup

Tips: You can configure other features in Settings to use it more easily:
Email Notification can send you the email alert when the backup or restoration process completed once you set it up.
File Filter helps you include or exclude the file types as you want, and save your cloud storage space.

6. Press Start Backup button to make Dropbox force sync folders.

Start Backup Files to Dropbox

Moreover, CBackup has the ability to:

  • Increase Dropbox storage space for free. As you know, Dropbox only 2 GB free cloud storage to use, if your Dorpbox is full and don’t want to upgrade for more storage, it’s highly recommended to try CBackup to merge multiple Dropbox accounts or merge other clouds into Dropbox to expand the cloud storage. Then you could backup files to Dropbox easily and flexibly.

  • Perform cloud to cloud backup, which is especially useful to protect your Dropbox data to another cloud with enhanced features.

  • Sync one cloud to another with everything transferred without downloading and reuploading while switch cloud drive, it's quite simple compared with traditional way (download and reupload).


There are 7 easy fixes to perform Dropbox force sync folders and 1 tip for you to increase Dropbox cloud storage for free. Just find a suitable way to fix the Dropbox not syncing problem, or Dropbox syncing stuck issues.

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