How to Completely Uninstall Dropbox on Mac [Step-by-Step]

Jerome Peng
Last updated: May 16, 2024
Summary: This guide covers what Dropbox is and how to uninstall it from your Mac in two ways.

Found a better Dropbox alternative or are not satisfied with Dropbox? Want to uninstall it from your Mac but don't know how? Read this blog, and you will find 2 ways.

[Step-by-Step] How to Completely Uninstall Dropbox on Mac

What Is Dropbox?

Dropbox is one of the best cloud storage services. What makes it stand out from other cloud storage providers are its file sync and file sharing. If you need collaboration between Google Docs and Microsoft Office, Dropbox is your best bet.

However, Dropbox offers only 2GB of free storage, and its paid plans are expensive for people who have low cloud storage needs.

If you're disappointed with Dropbox and want to delete it from your Mac, read on to learn how.

How to Completely Uninstall Dropbox on Mac: The Easy Way

The quickest way to uninstall Dropbox from your Mac is to use a third-party app uninstaller. BuhoCleaner is the right tool for you. It can uninstall Dropbox without leaving any traces on your hard drive, and the process only takes you a few seconds.

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Here's how to use BuhoCleaner to remove Dropbox:

  1. Download, install, and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click App Uninstall in the sidebar, and you will see all apps installed on your device.
  3. Find Dropbox, check the box next to it, and click the Remove button. (You may be asked to quit Dropbox if it's in use.)
Quickly Uninstall Dropbox from Mac

Deleting Dropbox on your Mac won't remove your Dropbox account or the Dropbox folder on your hard drive. To remove the Dropbox folder, press the Command + Shift + H keys to open the Home folder and drag the Dropbox folder to the Trash.

How to Manually Uninstall Dropbox on Mac

You can also delete Dropbox from your Mac manually. But please note that the process is time-consuming, and you may not be able to delete all files related to Dropbox.

Here're the steps:

1. Unlink Dropbox Account from Your Mac

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in the menu bar.
  2. Click Preferences > Account > Sign out.
Sign Out Dropbox

2. Quit Dropbox

To avoid failure to uninstall Dropbox, use Activity Monitor to quit all Dropbox processes.

  1. Open Activity Monitor via Spotlight.
  2. Find all the processes of Dropbox and stop them.
Quit Drop Box on Mac

3. Uninstall the Dropbox App

  1. Open Finder > Applications.
  2. Locate Dropbox and drag it to the Trash.
Manually Uninstall Dropbox on Mac with Finder

4. Remove Dropbox Leftovers

Dragging Dropbox to the Trash won't completely delete it from your Mac. You also need to delete related files it left on your Mac.

  1. Click the Go menu in Finder and choose Go to Folder.

  2. Go over the following paths to find and remove all the related files from Dropbox.

    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Cookies
    • ~/Library/Application Support
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts
    • ~/Library/Saved Application State
    • ~/Library/Containers
    • ~/Library/Group Containers
    • ~/Library/Preferences
    • ~/Library/Launch Agents
Delete Dropbox Related Files on Mac

5. Uninstall the Dropbox Contextual Menu

  1. Press the Shift + Command + G keys on a Finder window to open the Go to Folder window.
  2. Paste /Library in the search box and press the Return key.
  3. Find the folder named DropboxHelperTools, drag it to Trash, and empty your Trash.
Uninstall the Dropbox Contextual Menu

FAQs about Uninstalling Dropbox on Mac

  1. Why Can't I Delete Dropbox from My Mac?

    If you can't delete Dropbox from your Mac because it says extensions in use, follow the steps below to troubleshoot:

    1. Open Activity Monitor.
    2. Check if there are processes related to Dropbox.
    3. Select them and click the "X" icon to quit them.
    4. Try to uninstall Dropbox again.
  2. How to Remove Dropbox Folder from Mac without Deleting Files?

    If you only want to delete the Dropbox folder on your Mac's hard drive without deleting those files elsewhere, sign out of the Dropbox application and then safely delete the Dropbox folder and its contents from your Mac.

  3. Will Uninstalling Dropbox on Your Computer Delete Files?

    Uninstalling the Dropbox app from your computer won't delete the Dropbox folder on your Mac. However, if you delete your Dropbox account, you'll only have 30 days to recover your files stored in Dropbox services.


Hopefully, you have successfully uninstalled Dropbox on your Mac by using one of the two ways above. Your files in Dropbox won't be deleted, and you can still get them when you sign in to your Dropbox account.

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Jerome is a passionate enthusiast of all things Apple. He is expertise in crafting tech-related articles, with a portfolio of more than 100 articles covering various Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.