How to delete Dropbox client from Mac
Here we will give you instructions on how to take Dropbox desktop application off your Mac. This Dropbox client app allows you to mount Dropbox as disk on Mac, so you can access the account through a folder in Finder. It is very convenient, no doubt, but may be you prefer not to rely on Dropbox these days –understandable in the light of the latest news related to Dropbox safety - or may be you just do not want to duplicate online data on your hard disk. Uninstalling Dropbox application from your Mac does not delete your Dropbox account; you can still access its contents on the web site or through another app that allows you to map Dropbox as disk.
Deleting Dropbox account is actually really easy, follow these steps:
- Quit the application. You can right-click on the Dropbox icon, in the menu displayed click the Gear icon and select Quit Dropbox.
- Drag-and-drop Dropbox from the Applications folder to Trash and empty the Trash folder.
Now if you want to get rid of Dropbox files on your computer, you need to delete the Dropbox folder. Make sure to sync your data with your folder online, so you can download it from there whenever required. The process for deleting the folder is very similar to deleting the app – first, you need to locate it with the help of Finder, then move it to Trash and empty the latter.
We are not done yet – deleting Dropbox app and folder might not be enough, it is likely that some traces of Dropbox account are still left on your Mac. Here is how you can remove them:
- Launch Finder and press Shift-Cmd-G to open the Go To The Folder prompt.
- Enter /Library, click the Go button.
- Now move DropboxHelperTools folder to Trash.
- Shift-Cmd-G once again, enter ~/.dropbox into the prompt and press the Go button.
- Press Cmd-A to select the contents of the folder, drag-and-drop it onto the Trash icon.
- Empty Trash. Now all data related to Dropbox should be gone from your Mac.
Congratulations, you are done! We bet you’ve got a lot more of free space available on your hard drive. Now, if you still want to work with your online data directly from Mac, you are probably googling frantically for something like ‘mount Dropbox as network disk’. If you are, we’ve got a suggestion for you – a piece of software called CloudMounter. This app, as its name suggests, can mount Dropbox to Mac so you can access and manage its contents as if it were your Mac’s hard drive.
Apart from mount Dropbox Mac owners can use the software to connect to multiple other cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon S3 and WebDAV, FTP/FTPS and SFTP servers. Thus CloudMounter becomes a single point of access for all the cloud services you use.
Accessing your data with the help of CloudMounter is completely safe – there is an authentication process that consists of two steps, logging into accounts is done via native APIs, while passwords are securely kept in the Keychain. In addition to it, the software’s developer added encryption for your online data in the latest major update. CloudMounter can be downloaded either from the developer’s official website or on Mac AppStore. The version offered on the latter platform has limited functionality due to Apple Sandbox restrictions. It also does not use FUSE for OS X system component and this results in certain instability.
There is a trial version that offers full functionality for 15 days, this should be enough to check out the functionality and decide whether you want to purchase the app or not.
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