How to Uninstall Dropbox on a Mac

What you should know

  • Uninstall Dropbox by dragging the icon from Applications to the Trash.
  • With the app still open, click Dropbox in the menu bar and then click profile pic > Stop.
  • To remove the Finder extension: apple icon > system settings > extensions and check off Dropbox.

This article will show you how to uninstall Dropbox on Mac. It also addresses any issues that may arise with this and how such issues can be resolved.

How to remove Dropbox from a Mac

Uninstalling Dropbox on a Mac looks very easy at first, but there’s a catch – it’s pretty well embedded in your computer. Here’s how to perform the easiest part of uninstalling Dropbox.

This method works best if you don’t want to install the dedicated Dropbox app but still want to access Dropbox from a folder option on your Mac.

  1. Click on the menu bar Dropbox Symbol.

  2. Click on your profile name or picture.

  3. click Stop to close the app.

  4. Open Finder.

  5. click applications.

  6. Scroll down to find Dropbox.

  7. Drag the Dropbox icon to the Trash.

  8. Right-click on the recycle bin and click Empty.

How to remove Dropbox Finder extension

If you want Dropbox on your Mac but don’t want the Finder Helper extension tool every time you right-click a file, you can remove that separately. Here’s what to do.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen.

  2. click system settings.

  3. click extensions.

  4. Deactivate share menu and Finder Extensions under Dropbox.

  5. Extensions no longer appear when right-clicking a file.

How to manually uninstall Dropbox on Mac

The first method above removes the Dropbox app, but it doesn’t completely remove all traces of the service from your Mac. If you’re an advanced user and feel comfortable with it, here’s how to remove everything Dropbox-related from your Mac.

Before following these steps, make sure to disable your Mac backup in Dropbox by clicking DropBox > profile pic > settings > fuses > manage backups > Disable backupotherwise you might lose some files.

  1. In the Finder, click walk > Go to folder.

  2. Enter ~/.dropbox and double click on the top result.

  3. Select all files and delete them.

    If you haven’t disabled backup in the Dropbox app, files will be lost as a result. Make sure to unsync before deleting anything.

  4. Right-click in Finder Dropbox under favourites.

  5. click Remove from sidebar.

What happens to Dropbox files after uninstallation?

Assuming you remember to turn off Dropbox syncing with your Mac, most of the time your files will stay in the same place.

The files already uploaded to Dropbox remain accessible through your Dropbox account while the files still exist on your Mac. However, if you don’t remove the sync feature, your files will be deleted from your Mac when you follow the steps above. However, the files are still accessible through

For most users, it’s safest to uninstall the Dropbox app but not remove files through the Finder.


  • How to uninstall an app on Mac?

    Usually all you have to do is right click on the app in the applications Folder and then select move to Trash to delete an app. However, some programs may have additional data elsewhere on your computer. Look for a”Uninstall [app name]” in the App folder or use a third-party cleaner app to make sure you get everything.

  • How do I add Dropbox to the Finder on a Mac?

    To add an app to the macOS sidebar, you can usually find it in the applications folder and then drag it into the favourites Section on the left side of the Finder window. To move your Dropbox folder, however, you’ll have to look elsewhere. choose yours username (next to a house icon) from the sidebar, then drag the Dropbox folder over.

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