How Do I Use the Selective Sync Feature


Selective Sync lets end users select which Team Shares and sub folders sync down to their local machines. With Selective Sync, users can easily prioritize the content that is most important to them while saving on bandwidth and storage costs. Users can still access all of the data they have stored in the cloud, whether it is synced locally or not, through the web portal.

The Selective Sync feature is configurable through the desktop client installed on both Windows and Mac machines.

Use Cases

To conserve bandwidth and local storage resources, use the Selective Sync tool to selectively sync down only the folders that you work with most frequently. Remember that you can always change the folders that sync locally as content needs change. For example, if you are currently working on one project folder in a Team Share, you might decide to only sync down that one sub folder. When you begin working on a new project, you can then sync down the new project folder.

You might also decide to use the Selective Sync feature when you first register and install the desktop client. In many instances, registration takes many hours—even days—to completely sync down all Team Shares and personal content. The Registration wizard allows you to access the Selective Sync feature during registration so that you can prioritize this initial sync down process.

For New Users: How to Selectively Sync Folders During Desktop Client Registration

After installing the AXIS Cloud Sync desktop client on a desktop or laptop, the Registration wizard prompts the user to select the content that should sync down to the local machine.

  1. After the Setup wizard completes, the Registration wizard will automatically launch. Click the Next button to begin the registration process. For full instructions on how to install the desktop client, please reference the How to Install and Configure the Desktop Client Knowledgebase article.
  2. When the wizard displays the Selective Sync screen, click the Sync Everything to this Machine radio button to sync down all Team Share content and personal folders currently stored in the AXIS cloud and available to your account.
  3. Alternatively, click the Customize radio button to deselect content that you do not want on your local machine.You can unsubscribe your local machine from syncing a Team Share root by deselecting the top-level checkbox adjacent to the appropriate Team Share root.

    You can also click to expand individual Team Shares to deselect Team Share sub folders, or click to expand My Files to deselect personal folders.

  4. Continue the registration process until completion.

For Existing Users: How to Selectively Sync Folders After Desktop Client Registration

You can also use the Selective Sync feature after registration is complete.

  1. Click the system tray icon and select Show Synced Folders. The Properties dialog box displays, showing the Advanced tab.
  2. Click the Selective Sync button.In the Selective Sync pop-up window, click to expand individual Team Shares to select or deselect Team Share roots or Team Share sub folders. Alternatively, click to expand My Files to select or deselect personal folders.

    Note: Personal root subscription is required for content to sync locally. For this reason, you cannot deselect the top-level My Files folder.

  3. Click the OK button when you are finished selecting and deselecting content. A confirmation dialog box will display, notifying you that only the selected items will sync down to your machine. All other folders will still be available in the web portal, and on any other device that can selectively sync content.