Selective sync allows you to decide which folders within your tresors you want to sync to your computer. With Selective sync you can work on certain files anywhere, or share them, but you don’t need to sync the whole tresor to do so. You can also keep data only on your local device, without syncing it to the cloud (to spare storage space, for example). Selective sync is especially handy if you want to save space on devices with small hard drives.
It is available on Windows, Mac and Linux too.
Please note that selective sync settings only apply on the device you set them up on. This means you will have to set up separate policies for every desktop device you use. We recommend setting up Selective sync only for desktop devices which you frequently use Tresorit on. If you need just a single file, the fastest and easiest way to download it is via the Tresorit Web Access, or if you have the Tresorit app installed, the Cloud Browser.
In this tutorial, learn more about:
- How to set up Selective Sync on Windows and Mac?
- How do I turn Selective Sync off in case I sync only a few folders in a tresor?
How to set up Selective Sync on Windows and Mac?
There are two scenarios in which you can set up selective sync for a tresor on your desktop device:
- Set up Selective Sync for a tresor that you is currently not synced to the device.
- Set up Selective Sync for a tresor that you is already synced to the device.
Open your Tresorit desktop app and log in with your existing account. Hover over the tresor you wish to sync selectively, and click <More> in the menu.
Choose the <Selective Sync> option: it will open a popup window. Select the subfolders you wish to sync to your device.
Please note that only the contents of folders you select will sync to the device. Choose <Sync these items> when you are done.
When Tresorit has downloaded the folders you selected, the icon of that tresor will change so you can easily see which tresors are completely (green thick) or partially synced (orange thick like below).
Open your Tresorit desktop app and hover over the tresor you wish to sync selectively. Switch the <Sync toggle> off. This action will pop up a window – click confirm. Switching the Sync off will not make any changes to your local files, Tresorit will not remove or delete them.
Click <More> in the menu of the tresor. Choose the <selective sync> option: it will open a popup window. Select the subfolders you wish to sync here, as explained above. The process is the same as described for currently not synced tresors.
How do I turn Selective Sync off in case I sync only a few folders in a tresor?
Open your Tresorit desktop app and hover over the tresor you wish unsync and switch the <Sync toggle> off. It will pop up a window.
- You can choose <Sync all files and folders> to download the complete tresor to your local device.
- Choose <Disable syncing> and click <Start syncing> if you wish to remove your previous settings and stop syncing the tresor with your device completely.
- Tresorit will forget your previous selective sync settings, and won’t upload changes to the cloud at all, even if they happen in folders you selectively synced earlier.
- You can turn selective sync back on any time by going through the process described above.
I've got selective sync set up, and upon deleting the content "empty folders re-appeared”. How can I fix that?
Selective Sync provides flexible options to set up your folders and save the content of only those locally which you update frequently. To demonstrate it, let’s imagine the following:
- A is the main folder that contains subfolders
- B and C are subfolders in A
The user decides he wants to sync A and C without syncing B. So he syncs the A main folder with the C subfolder but not the B.
Then he adds a couple of videos to the B folder knowing those files will not be uploaded to the cloud.
What happens next? Someone else deletes the A main folder from the tresor.
Then Tresorit would try deleting the A main folder from the machines and on this computer "it fails" as the A folder contains a subfolder Tresorit cannot delete as it contains some files we should not delete.
So what happens is that Tresorit wipes the files – all of them except the files in the B folder, and the main folder A (empty) will be re-uploaded to the cloud because of the sync rules we apply.