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How to Delete Dropbox from Mac

By Lois Green, Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Deleting Dropbox from your Mac is a little more complicated than deleting regular apps. There are dozens of threads in Dropbox forum about uninstalling Dropbox. For example:

Tried to delete the Dropbox app from my Mac, but it gave me this error message saying 'The item "Dropbox" can't be moved to the Trash because some of its plugins are in use'.

I have deleted Dropbox on my MacBook Air. However, I still see all the dropbox files in Mac Finder. Can I delete these files? Will this remove the files from my Dropbox account?

To answer these questions, this post is going to introduce the correct way to delete Dropbox from Mac, and what's more, an easy way to remove Dropbox and its files in one click.

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Steps to Delete Dropbox from Mac Thoroughly

Step 1. Unlink Your Mac from Dropbox Account

When you unlink your Mac from your Dropbox account, files and folders of your account are no longer synced to the Dropbox folder on your Mac. To unlink your Mac:

  • Open Dropbox, click the gear icon > Preferences > Account tab, and choose Unlink this Dropbox.

Unlink Mac to Dropbox

Step 2. Quit Dropbox

This is an important step if you don't want to see the "some of its plugins are in use" error. 

  • Open Dropbox and click the gear icon. Then select Quit Dropbox

If Dropbox is frozen, you can go to Utilities > Activity Monitor and terminate Dropbox process.

Step 3. Drag Dropbox Application to Trash

Then you can remove Dropbox from Application folder to Trash. And delete Dropbox application in the Trash.

Step 4. Remove Files in Dropbox Folder

Find Dropbox folder in your Mac and right click to move the folder to Trash. This will delete your local Dropbox files. But you can still access to the files in your Dropbox account if you have synced it to the account.

Step 5. Delete Dropbox Contextual Menu:

Press Shift+Command+G to open "Go to the folder" window. Type in /Library and enter to locate Library folder.

Find and delete the DropboxHelperTools folder.

Mac Go to Library

Step 6. Remove Dropbox Application Files

Also there are still some app files that are left behind, such as caches, preferences, log files. You may want to delete them to free up space.

  • On "Go to the Folder" window, type in ~/.dropbox and click return key. Select all files in the folder and delete them.

Mac Delete Dropbox App Files

Now you have deleted Dropbox application, files, and settings thoroughly from your Mac.

Simple Steps to Completely Uninstall Dropbox from Mac

If you find it too much trouble to delete Dropbox manually from Mac, you can use a Mac app uninstaller to simplify thing a little bit.

FonePaw MacMaster is a program that can delete app and its app files in one click. With its Uninstaller feature, you can simplify process and uninstall Dropbox in three steps.


Step 1. Unlink your Mac from Dropbox account.

Step 2. Delete Dropbox and its app files with MacMaster.

  • Launch MacMaster on Mac;

  • Click Scan to scan out all applications on your Mac;

  • Type Dropbox on the search bar to bring up the app and its related files;

  • Click Clean to delete the app and app files in one click.

Uninstaller Delete Dropbox

Any more question about deleting Dropbox from Mac, leave your comment below.

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