Dropbox Mac App With Apple Silicon Support Now Available to All Beta Users

Following limited testing of native support, Dropbox's Mac app built for Apple silicon is now available to all beta testers.

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Earlier this month, Dropbox began testing native Apple silicon support with a handful of beta testers, promising to expand testing to all beta users before the end of the month. Now, all Dropbox users who have enabled "Early releases" in their account preferences will have access to the native Apple silicon app.

On a support page, Dropbox says that users on Apple silicon Macs can expect to receive the newer version within 24 hours after joining the early releases program for their account. Here's how to join the program:

  1. Go to dropbox.com and log into your account.
  2. In the top right-hand corner, click your profile picture and go into Settings.
  3. Under General, locate Preferences and toggle on "Early releases."

Dropbox faced criticism late last year following confused messaging from the company about whether its client would adopt native Apple silicon support, forcing customers on Apple's latest Macs to use a version of the app built for Intel-based computers. Amongst Mac users, Dropbox has been criticized for being poorly optimized, leading to excessive memory and battery usage.

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Top Rated Comments

StoneJack Avatar
1 week ago
I deleted dropbox long ago. Moved 100% to OneDrive and iCloud. Don't miss meager 2GB of dropbox storage while I use 1TB on OneDrive (part of Office 365 subscription) and iCloud's 200GB (1.99 dollars per month).
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Javier_gl Avatar
1 week ago

I just use their web app.
That's what I do... but sometimes it's really impossible, because in my company we use Dropbox as our NAS (Network Area Storage) for sharing files and folders and work in the same project. We've been using Dropbox for 10 years now, and we are more than happy: no file lost in 10 years!!!! And the ability to recover older versions of a file, rewind a folder, share with all the World, having access to more than 5TB of files in ALL my devices...

So, for an Apple Silicon user, this is good news.

For us, OneDrive nor Google Drive nor Apple iCloud are as convenient as Dropbox, nor as powerful. iCloud is a no go because of the Apple-first/Apple-only approach, and no Business plan with lots of storage; Google Drive is a nightmare and a mess (and we don't want to share more information with Google), and only lately its beginning to work nice; and OneDrive is playing catch with Dropbox, but still its a Windows-first / Microsoft-first approach.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StoneJack Avatar
6 days ago at 03:10 am
IMHO dropbox became a bloatware some time ago and they are now trying to port all those redundant imho functions..and they are in no hurry
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
podycust Avatar
6 days ago at 04:37 am

And we still wait for an M1 Onedrive client!
It’s currently in beta ahead of Dropbox lol
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dmylrea Avatar
6 days ago at 04:52 am

I deleted dropbox long ago. Moved 100% to OneDrive and iCloud. Don't miss meager 2GB of dropbox storage while I use 1TB on OneDrive (part of Office 365 subscription) and iCloud's 200GB (1.99 dollars per month).
Pretty sure Dropbox isn't missing you sucking off their system for free, Mr. Big Spender. ;)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BGM Avatar
6 days ago at 03:14 am
with DropBox now trying to be so much more than a simple file storage service, do people still use the client... it got slightly out of hand imho.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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