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Published: 23/01/2015

Why Is Dropbox So Slow?Star Icon


And Can It Sync Any Faster?


A easy solution for most with just a few clicks and changing some settings, but for those that are not sure or don't know what Dropbox is, please feel free to read on.
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Dropbox is basically free storage online that allows you to share files between devices or other users.
Wherever you are, put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show of videos from anywhere.
Share with confidence, share photos with friends. Work with your team like you’re using a single computer. Everything’s automatically private, so you control who sees what.
Safe and secure, even if your phone goes for a swim, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox and can be restored in a snap. Dropbox secures your files with 256-bit AES encryption and two-step verification.

Dropbox Basic is good enough for home use and is FREE giving you 2 GB of space which you can access from anywhere with simple file sharing. If you require more storage there is a Pro Plan giving you 1 TB of storage and a Business Plan giving you unlimited storage, but these are paid for services.

Not got Dropbox, then you’re missing out, for further information and download visit: http://www.dropbox.com/

Dropbox is smart when it comes to utilizing your bandwidth and it will only use as much as it can without disrupting your normal day to day internet usage.

I found Dropbox to be a little on the slow side with Synching my files or mostly when synching between other users of the Dropbox. So after a little research I found that Dropbox throttles itself to 75% of your maximum internet upload speed, this is to prevent your other web services and browsing from slowing down.

If you’re on a fast internet connection like myself then there is no need to throttle your downloads or syncing of Dropbox and you want to crank this up to full speed, after all it’s then done and dusted with whatever you’re doing in your Dropbox.

Now it's time to show you how to change your settings.

Why Is Dropbox Slow 1

Either left or right click on the Dropbox Icon in the system tray to open, if you cannot see the icon you may have to click the little white arrow to show all icons.


Why Is Dropbox Slow 2

In the Dropbox window, click on the ‘Cog’ icon in the upper right corner and select ‘Preferences’.


Why Is Dropbox Slow 3

Select the ‘Bandwidth’ tab by clicking it and ensure or select ‘Don’t limit’ for both Download and Upload rates as shown.

Click ‘Apply’ to save settings and ‘OK’ to exit.

That’s it and you’re done, hopefully you can now benefit from the full transfer rate.
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