Clear your Dropbox cache to free up space on your Android device

While listening to music on my Galaxy Note 2 I received a very weird error message – my device was almost out of space. I thought this odd since I have the 16GB version and a 64GB card as well.

So, I launched the Application Manager and saw that Dropbox was taking up almost 1GB by itself. This was even more confusing since I don’t have any files marked as favourites on my Android, so technnically Dropbox shouldn’t be taking up much space.

It turns out Dropbox creates a local cache of files that you open. My cache was almost a gig, but once I cleared it out, it was back down to 0.

Here’s How Clear Your Dropbox cache and free up space on your Android device.

1. Open Dropbox App
2. Click ‘Settings’
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and select “Clear Cache”

That’s all there is to it. Now you should have a bunch of free space available again.

Trigger Torrent Downloads by email in Mac OSX with Dropbox and IFTTT

This is a nifty little recipe for triggering a torrent download using Dropbox, Transmission and IFTTT on Mac OSX.

It’s useful if you find a torrent you want to download but you’re not at your computer. Combined with the new Power Nap feature which can keep one eye open on your apps in the background even when your Mac is asleep, this formula for Transmission Remote downloads is a great little Mac trick.

1.Set Up Transmission to Watch A Dropbox Folder

Enable Transmission Watch Folders

This will allow Transmission to keep an eye on a folder that you specify. When a new torrent file is added to the folder you choose, Transmission will automatically start downloading the torrent.

  • Open Transmission Preferences
  • Click ‘Transfers’ and select ‘Adding’
  • Enable ‘Start transfers when added’

This means that the transfer will download as soon as you add the torrent file, without the need to confirm the location or any other settings.

Tip: It’s useful to set up some filters for different file types. e.g. I have a rule that automatically stores any file with an avi extension in the Movies directly on my secondary drive. I also have my torrent files set to delete after completion, so the Torrents folder stays nice and clean.

If you need a Dropbox account, you can create a free account here:

Enable ‘Auto Add’

This will allow Transmission monitor a folder that you specify. If a torrent file is added to this folder, Transmission will automatically start downloading the file (assuming the computer is a) powered on and b) connected to the internet).

I created a folder called ‘Torrents’ in my Dropbox folder and set Transmission to watch it. Now, no matter where I am I can upload a torrent file to Dropbox and my computer at home will start the transfer.

Tip: You might want to set a threshold for seeding if bandwidth is an issue. I have mine set to 1:1. Sharing is caring after all.

 

2. Email files to Dropbox using IFTTT

  • For this to work, you will need an account with IFTTT. You can create one here – www.ifttt.com

Once your account is open, you will need to enable Dropbox as a ‘Channel.’ Click on Channels, then select Dropbox and complete the authentication process.

Once authentication is done, select this recipe  – https://ifttt.com/recipes/68867 – and add it to your Recipes.

Now, whenever you send an email to triggers@ifttt.com with the tag #dropbox in the subject line, it will add whatever file you have attached to the Torrents directory in your Dropbox account (or any other directory you choose for that matter).

And since Transmission is watching this folder, it will start the download for you.

 

Email files to Dropbox IFTTT recipe

 

 

I know that if you’re attaching a file to your dropbox, you may as well just log in to Dropbox and upload it that way, but I like doing it this way for two reasons

  1. It’s cool, and it got me thinking of other ways I can use this (e.g. I have a nifty recipe which allows me to email in any audio file and Dropbox will convert it to an MP3. Way cool)
  2. You might not always want to log in to my Dropbox account, e.g. if you are at work. But you could, for argument’s sake have a rule that forwards any mail from your work with the tag #dropbox to triggers@ifttt.com. So that way you can DL a torrent file at the office, mail it to yourself and kick off the torrent back home, without even having to open your personal email account.

6 Cool Ways To Use DropBox

 

Ways to Use Dropbox

DropBox is a way to sync, store, and share your files online. It also has one of my favourite features – it’s free. You can get 2GB of free online storage when you sign up. (or.2.25gb if you get DropBox here) and the DropBox desktop application makes sure that whatever you put in your DropBox folder on your computer gets sent to your online folder and vice versa.

I use DropBox in a couple of different ways, so I figured I’d share some of the ways to use Dropbox to get the most from your cloud storage.

Also, DropBox gives you extra space if you refer friends, so I’m hoping that at least one or two of you will click this link to get DropBox and score me some extra space (pretty please). If you sign up with my referral link, we BOTH get extra space. It’s a win win situation.

 

1. Create a todo list or idea pad that follows you around

I have random ideas all the time, or a note that I need to remember later. But I hate having loads of files in different places that I need to remember. Creating a text document in my DropBox means I can open it up, type whatever I need to and then close it. When I get home, I can check the file and see what I scribbled.

DropBox is like it’s hot

2.Have the same wallpaper on different computers

This is a small one, but still kinda cool. All you need to do is save your wallpaper in your DropBox folder and set that as your wallpaper. I named the file wallpaper.jpg, so next time I update the file, all my machines automatically have the same desktop.

DropBox is like it’s hot

3. Use it as your music folder

Whenever I buy new music, I’m anxious to hear it. Sometimes I’ll buy an album in the morning and can’t wait for the download to finish. So, all I do is save the album to my DropBox and by the time I get to the office, I can listen to my new music.

DropBox is like it’s hot

4. Share photos with friends and family

Recently my mom installed DropBox, which makes it really easy for me to send pictures to her. Email is cool, but that means searching for the pics and having to be online in order to see them. And no, we’re not Facebook friends.

Update: Dropbox now offers photo galleries for Android users, so you can group your photos together and share a link to the album. This feature is still in Beta, but I think that as soon as it comes to full production I’ll be ditching my Flickr Pro account in favour of DroBox photo albums.

DropBox is like it’s hot

5. Store software settings and backups

I’ve been through the agony of losing data due to hard drive crashes or some other computer problem, and it sucks. Now I use DropBox to keep backups of some of my software settings. I have my Bento databases  my LastPassword backups and my Traktor settings all saved to  my Dropbox, which means that when my machines once again meets a fiery death,  I still have my stuff and don’t need to spend hours re-configuring things the way I like.

Use DropBox to store backups

I’ve also started using Dropbox to save my Android Phone backups. I store my latest Titanium backups as well as my most recent nandroid backup in m Dropbox folder.

DropBox is like it’s hot

6. Use it as a free network drive for your team

At StereoType Records, we need to share lots of files – demos we like, draft versions of songs or track separates for remixes.

DropBox is perfect for us – I can upload a track and let the rest of the team know that there’s a new file waiting for them, right on their desktop.

DropBox is like it’s hot

UPDATE:

7.Trigger Torrent Downloads by email

I’ve now started using Dropbox with IFTTT in order to remotely launch a torrent download on my home computer. This means that if I find a cool torrent while I’m out and about, I can email it myself and some magic will happen to start the torrent download in my home office.

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