Changing Your Dropbox Sync Folder

In our steps for setting up Dropbox sync, we used the default Dropbox folder suggested by Scrivener, which is ~/Dropbox/Apps/Scrivener. However, there is nothing stopping you from using your own Dropbox subfolder. Say that we want to set up the following folder as our sync folder:

        /Scrivener Projects

You could create this folder in the Finder or File Explorer and place your Scrivener projects into it just as you did with the ~/Dropbox/Apps/Scrivener folder when you were preparing your projects for syncing.

When first linking your Dropbox account with Scrivener for iOS, instead of choosing the default folder, you would select 'Other' and then choose the folder you created.

iPhone screenshot of Dropbox Settings panel

Everything else would be the same, except that:

  • You would place your projects into the ~/Dropbox/Writing/Scrivener Projects instead of the default ~/Dropbox/Apps/Scrivener folder.
  • You would open projects on the desktop from ~/Dropbox/Writing/Scrivener Projects, because that's where your synced projects are stored.

You can also place Scrivener projects in subfolders inside the Dropbox folder you have chosen for syncing. For instance:

                Research Project.scriv
            /In Progress
                My Great Novel.scriv

With the above folders, assuming that Scrivener for iOS is set up to sync with ~/Dropbox/Apps/Scrivener, the iOS version will list and allow you to edit all four Scrivener files contained in the two subfolders. The subfolders themselves ("Notes" and "In Progress") will not be shown in the iOS projects screen, but the Scrivener projects inside them will.

You can change the Dropbox folder that you have linked to Scrivener for iOS at any time. To do so, follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Tap Edit above the Projects list in Scrivener for iOS.
  2. Tap the gear button that appears in the footer bar.
  3. Tap Dropbox Settings.
  4. Choose the "Other" option, then select a different Dropbox folder from the list that appears.
  5. Tap Done.

You will be asked whether you want to delete any projects you currently have synced with Dropbox from the device or to keep copies of them locally. Note that deleting them will not delete them from Dropbox; it will only delete the copies from the device.

Scrivener will then download any projects stored in the new folder you have selected.