Who doesn’t know Dropbox?
This cloud based storage service has really taken the world by storm. Nowadays, it is used by both individuals and businesses to store and share documents and files without breaking a sweat.
In response to its growing popularity, Dropbox has invested a lot of resources in building large and modern data centers that are spread around the world to facilitate faster synchronization (uploading and downloading included).
People who are using the service for a while now know that the download speed is impeccable. However, the same thing cannot be said about the upload speed. It is not uncommon to see the vast majority of users, using a stable internet connection, achieve lightning-fast download speeds and suffer from upload speeds that are slow as a snail.
Needless to say, this has a huge impact on performance especially on turnaround times of businesses that rely on Dropbox.
The Reason Behind It
There is a logical explanation behind the poor upload speed. The reason is simple: Dropbox automatically reduces your upload speed through the client application to put minimum stress on your connection.
Overall, this policy from Dropbox is nice, especially if you’re a home-PC user who doesn’t mind the slow upload speeds. However, for a business where uploading a document or a file as soon as you finish it is a must, this is deemed impractical.
Just imagine having to wait for minutes or even an hour before you can switch off your PC to host a meeting or catch a flight. Fortunately, there’s a neat workaround to this problem.
What To Do
The next time you’re in a hurry and want the upload as fast as you can, you can try this trick.
- Right click on the Dropbox icon from the Windows taskbar and click on “Preferences”.
- When the program window with the title “Dropbox” Preferences spring up, click on the tab called “Bandwidth”.
- Under the section called “Upload Rate” you will see a radial button called “Limit Automatically” pressed in. For faster upload, press the radial button – “Don’t Limit”. Finish by pressing the OK button.
Do these simple steps, and you will notice a significant upsurge in your upload speed. Be warned, however, that this will affect your Dropbox’ download speed unless you are using a symmetrical internet connection where the upload and download speeds don’t affect each other. Use this trick only when you need to.