By Zoey twitter/ Last Updated March 20, 2023

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  • Are you afraid of accidentally losing the data stored on your hard drive?
  • Are you anxious that there is not enough space locally for backup?
  • Are you panicked that you have lost all local backups due to local accidents?
  • Backup all your data to the cloud offsite, never lose data and recover them from any PC.

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What does make available offline mean in Dropbox?

Dropbox is a professional cloud service that offers comprehensive sync features. To sync files on your device, you can choose Dropbox to help you a lot. To let Dropbox save hard drive space, some of you will choose Dropbox files online only. However, some of you want to let Dropbox make available offline for convenience.

Dropbox Smart Sync

What does make available offline mean in Dropbox? Once you enable make available offline in Dropbox, it means you can access and edit your files from Dropbox without an Internet connection. However, changes to offline files will not be synced to Dropbox.

How to make Dropbox files available offline, we provide 2 different methods on different devices. You can choose a suitable solution after reading.

How to make Dropbox available offline effectively

No matter what device you are using, you can make Dropbox available online effectively by following the guideline below.

Way 1. Make Dropbox available offline on a computer

On your computer, if you want to enable Dropbox offline sync to access your files locally and easily, you can enable it when you set up Dropbox for the first time. You will be asked that “How do you want files stored?”, and you can choose Online-only or Local. Once you choose the Local option, it will make Dropbox available offline after setup.

Local Sync

If you have used Dropbox client on your computer for a period of time, you can go to make files available offline in this way.

1. Go to Windows File Explorer or Finder on Mac, and locate the file or folder you want to make it available offline.

2. Right-click on your file or folder, then choose the Make available offline option on the pop-up window.

3. Wait for a while. When you see there is a solid green checkmark instead of a grey cloud icon on the file or folder, it means this file or folder can be available offline on your computer.

Make Available Offline

Tip: At any time if you want to turn back to Dropbox files online only to make Dropbox save hard drive space, you can right-click on your file or folder again. This time, please click on the Make online-only option to turn off the make available offline feature.

Make Online Only

Way 2. Make Dropbox available offline on a phone

As you know, Dropbox can also be available on a phone via the Dropbox mobile app. Once you download and set up such a mobile application on your phone, you can backup Android to Dropbox or backup iOS data to Dropbox with ease. If you want to make Dropbox available offline on your phone, you can refer to this guideline here.

1. Launch the Dropbox app on your phone. Choose the File icon on the bottom taskbar. Choose the three-dot icon next to the folder that you want to make available offline on your phone.

Open the Menu

2. Then you will see this pop-up menu. Tap the switch next to Make available offline to turn it on.

Offline Synchronization With Dropbox On Mobile

A tip to expand your Dropbox storage for free

If you are using a Dropbox free account, you can get 2GB of Dropbox free cloud storage in your account. But for long-term use, it will be used up in a short time. For this, you can choose to upgrade your Dropbox account to an advanced plan by paying for it. If you want to expand your Dropbox storage for free, you can try this free method we prepared here.

To get more Dropbox cloud storage space for free, a cloud backup service called CBackup can help you a lot. You can take advantage of the combine cloud storage feature in it. With it, you can merge many cloud drive accounts together into a combined cloud with larger cloud storage space.

  • In CBackup, you can not only merge Dropbox accounts together, but it also supports merging cloud drive accounts from different cloud drives like Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.
  • After combing your cloud drive accounts, you can back up files to such a combine cloud storage directly.

Now, let’s discuss the easy operation steps to get more Dropbox account for free:

1. To try the combine cloud storage feature in CBackup, you need to download and install the CBackup desktop app on your computer first. Run the client and sign up for a new account, and log into it.

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2. After signing into your CBackup, go to the Storage section. Select Dropbox and click on Authorize Now. Follow easy instructions to let Dropbox access your cloud drive account. In this way, you can add all cloud drive accounts to CBackup.

Add Cloud

3. On the Storage page, press + Add Combined Cloud on the top.

Add Combined Cloud

4. Choose the cloud drive accounts that you want to combine. Then press Next. You can change the order to these cloud drive accounts, after that, click on Combine.

Tick All Dropbox Accounts

When you set up a backup task in CBackup, you can click on Backup > Backup PC to Combined Cloud. Then you will not be troubled with insufficient cloud storage space anymore.

Written in the end

How to let Dropbox make available offline? In this article, you will learn different ways to make Dropbox files available offline after creating Dropbox automatic sync on your device. And you can turn it off to return to Dropbox offline sync at any time. We also introduce a bonus tip to get more Dropbox storage for free.

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