Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
January 31, 2022
12 minutes to read

If you need to uninstall Dropbox from your Mac, carefully follow this step-by-step guide. We will explain how to remove Dropbox entirely without leaving its remaining files behind.
removing Dropbox on Mac

Contents:

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How to remove Dropbox from Mac without deleting user files?

When you uninstall Dropbox from your Mac, the background synchronization stops. This means that whatever you do with your files in the Dropbox folder left on your computer, nothing impacts your files stored in the cloud storage of Dropbox.

Also, Dropbox has an “unlink” option which has a similar effect, i.e., you can sign out of your account and delete your files from a Mac. Your files in the cloud storage of Dropbox will be saved. Find this option in the Dropbox Preferences → Account tab.

dropbox setting window

How to manually uninstall the Dropbox application from Mac

This part of the article will explain where Dropbox support files are stored and how to find and remove them for a complete uninstallation.

Important notes and the methodology used to prepare Dropbox uninstalling guide:

  • Removal of the Dropbox application from Mac will not delete the Dropbox account and the Dropbox folder from your system.
  • Before uninstalling Dropbox you should disconnect your account.
  • If you want to uninstall Dropbox completely, it is important to find and remove all its support files from your Mac. By default, they should be stored in the Library folder.
  • Before writing this article, we removed Dropbox using its official removal instruction. Then we checked Mac’s disk for its leftovers with the help of App Cleaner & Uninstaller and discovered a number of Dropbox remaining files.
  • In this article, we will provide a complete guide on how to correctly uninstall Dropbox, so that no remaining files take up space on your disk.

Steps on how to uninstall Dropbox with all its support files:

  1. Quit Dropbox. For this, click on its icon in the Menu bar → click on the user icon → select Quit.
    dropbox menu with Quit command highlighted
  2. Go to the Application folder and remove Dropbox from there.
    Applications folder showing the Dropbox desktop app
  3. Go to the Library folder and remove Dropbox remaining files. For this, in Finder press Command+Shift+G shortcut and navigate the ~/Library location.
    Go to folder search field
  4. Check the list of folders below to find Dropbox support files. Remove all files associated with Dropbox:

    • ~/Library/Application Support
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts
    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Saved Application State
    • ~/Library/Containers
    • ~/Library/Group Containers
    • ~/Library/Preferences
    • ~/Library/Cookies
    • ~/Library/Launch Agents

    Library showing Dropbox support files

  5. Also, check the non-hidden Library folder for DropBox remaining files:

    • /Library/DropboxHelperTools
    • /Library/Dropbox

    Dropbox help toll in the Library folder

  6. If you want just to uninstall Dropbox, after removing all its remaining files empty your Trash. Note, that the Dropbox folder is still on your Mac.
  7. Note that the Dropbox folder is still on your Mac. If you also want to remove the Dropbox files from your Mac, remove the Dropbox folder to the Trash.
    Dropbox folder in Finder

If you are not sure that you removed all remaining files of the Dropbox desktop app, you can check for them with the help of App Cleaner & Uninstaller.


How to uninstall Dropbox quickly and entirely

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a program to uninstall applications from Mac entirely and with a few clicks. It uninstalls the Dropbox desktop app with all its support files. Here is how to use App Cleaner & Uninstaller to uninstall Dropbox from your Mac completely:

  1. Quit the Dropbox application.
  2. Download and launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  3. Select Dropbox from the list of apps.
  4. Click the Uninstall button and confirm the deletion.
App Cleaner & Uninstaller showing Dropbox
Note: App Cleaner & Uninstaller does not remove the Dropbox folder with your files. It removes only the executable file and all unneeded support files.

If you manually removed Dropbox and need to check your Mac for its remaining files, switch to the appropriate tab in App Cleaner & Uninstaller. You will see there the list of all remaining files of uninstalled applications from your Mac.
Dropbox remaining files


How to stop Dropbox from opening at Mac startup?

If you still use Dropbox but want to stop it from launching automatically at Mac startup, go to the Dropbox Preferences and disable the appropriate option in the General tab.

Dropbox settings showing the General tab

Also, you can disable the Dropbox login item and take control of all your startup programs with App Cleaner & Uninstaller. It allows you to manage all startup programs, disable and enable login items, and even remove them.

Steps to stop Dropbox from starting automatically:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Go to the ‘Startup Programs’ sections.
  3. Select Dropbox login items.
  4. Switch the toggle button or click on ‘Remove’ and confirm the action.
App Cleaner & Uninstaller showing Dropbox launch agent

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