How to download and install the Dropbox desktop app
Once installed, you’ll be prompted to either sign in or create a new account.
How to install the desktop app with admin privileges
The Dropbox desktop app requires admin privileges to run with full functionality on your computer. This enables multiple different core features of Dropbox, including:
- Sync icons that show the sync status of files and folders
- Right-click context menus for taking quick actions in Dropbox
- Access to Smart Sync
For the vast majority of users, the desktop app is automatically installed with admin privileges. However, if you didn't install with admin privileges you can follow the instructions below to do so.
Note: If you don't have admin rights on your computer (for example if you're using a work computer), you may need to ask your IT department for help.
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Install the Dropbox desktop app with admin privileges
Mac Install Dropbox Software
- If you already have Dropbox installed, uninstall the application.
- Open the installer.
- Do not right-click, and do not command-click Run as an Administrator
- Follow the instructions in the install wizard.
- If you’re asked for an administrative username and password, enter them or contact your administrator to sign in.
- If you’re not asked for an administrative username and password, you’re already an admin on your computer.
- Complete the installation and sign in to Dropbox.
Smart Sync and admin privileges
Some Dropbox users will have access to Smart Sync. If you have access to this feature, check that Dropbox is installed with admin privileges on each computer where the feature will be used.
Depending on the policies at your organization, your team members may be able to install Dropbox with admin privileges on their own. If not, they may need the assistance of your IT team.
Why does the Dropbox desktop app for Mac require Keychain access?
Keychain is a password management system for Mac. Dropbox requires access to your Keychain to help verify your account and to provide another layer of security over the Dropbox app preferences.
- To grant Keychain access to Dropbox, click Allow or Always Allow (recommended for seamless access) when prompted to do so from Mac.
- Clicking Deny will result in a 'Couldn't start Dropbox' error message. For security reasons, Dropbox will not start without access to your Keychain.
What is the Dropbox Web Helper for macOS?
Dropbox Web Helper supports the Dropbox user interface on Mac computers. It only runs when the desktop app is running. Dropbox Web Helper is an independent process, so it may start and stop at different times than the desktop app. If you adjust your firewall or antivirus software for Dropbox, we recommend similar adjustments for Dropbox Web Helper.
Dropbox has been my preferred cloud-based storage system for quite some time. Whether it’s sharing files with other devices or sending large files, it makes the task very easy. Better still, it has been designed to work on any platform like iOS and macOS Sierra.
Just a couple of days back, I found Dropbox missing from Favorites in Finder. It took me some time to bring it back in the sidebar under Favorites. The prime reason why I like to keep Dropbox in Favorites is to be able to access it a bit easily. Here is how you can quickly add this cloud-based app to Favorites in Finder on your Mac.
How to Add Dropbox to Favorites in Finder Sidebar on your Mac
Step #1. First off, open Finder on your Mac.
Step #2. Next, you need to click on the drive, in this case, Macintosh HD.
Step #3. Now, you have to click on Users.
Mac Install Dropbox Software
Step #4. Click on your Username.
Step #5. Finally, you need to locate the Dropbox folder and drag it to the sidebar under Favorites.
If you wish to remove DropBox from finder sidebar, right click on DropBox and click on “Remove from Sidebar.”
There are a number of popular cloud storage services like OneDrive, Box, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive, iCloud Drive (only for Apple ecosystem). However, Dropbox is found to be the most user-friendly by a lot of users.
One of the reasons why it excels is that it works seamlessly on Macs, PCs, iOS and Android. The hassle-free sharing across devices gives it an edge over others.
You can quickly set it up. Better still, it lets you access your files from Dropbox’s website or Dropbox applications for Mac, iOS effortlessly.
It provides free storage up to 2GB and $10/month for 1TB.
Which is your favorite cloud-based services and why? Share your views about it.