As soon as I connect my phone to my computer to download pictures, DropBox automatically uploades them to a shared folder without my knowledge or permission.. I can't believe it does this.

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How to STOP DropBox from automatically publicly uploading and sharing my pictures as soon as I connect my Google Pixel 2 xl phone to my computer.
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I can assure you that it does not do this by default, I bet you missed/clicked on a dialogue message asking if you want this behaviour.

Check under Dropbox Preferences / Import
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It did not ask me and must have been a default of some kind. I just installed Dropbox as my client's request to share data.  

Based on your response, I just went into preferences and changed all the import settings to "take no action". I changed my phone USB setting to "No Data Transfer", and then back to "File Transfer", and it did it again. It creates a new folder and starts a data transfer. The icon on the bottom right of my Windows 10 screen tells me what it's doing.
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The plot thickens. I changed the setting to start Dropbox on startup, rebooted my computer and thankfully Dropbox did not start. I then connected my pone again and set it up for File Transfer and I couldn't believe it. Dropbox started itself, created a public folder titled "Camera Uploads" and starts uploading my files. If my client didn't need this functionality I would uninstall Dropbox.
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I'm sorry I UNCHECKED the option to Start Dropbox on startup. I don't want Dropbox to do anything except to have a shared folder on my File Explorer. How can I turn everything off? Thanks..
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Ok, even though I selected "take no action" for all available items listed DropBox persisted to transfer files. However, I finally figured out what I needed to do to stop it. I unchecked "use AutoPlay for all media and devices". That seems to have worked.

Thanks so much for your assistance!!

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