How to use Dropbox

Dropbox is a home for all your work. You can store and share files, collaborate on projects, and bring your best ideas to life—whether you’re working alone or as part of a team.

With Dropbox, all your files are backed up to the cloud and available online. You can save, access, and share your important stuff from anywhere, at any time, on any device. We’ll dive into how sync works in a minute.

Let’s get started setting up Dropbox.

Sign in to

There are 3 ways to access your new account: the Dropbox desktop app or folder on your computer, the Dropbox website (, and the mobile app. To get the most from Dropbox, install the apps on your computer, tablet, and phone.

View your files and activity in one place on You can add and share your stuff, get shared updates, and access Dropbox features like Paper through your web browser. This is also your home for managing account preferences.

Take a minute to sign in to your Dropbox account and get started.

How to: Get started in your account

Sign in to your Dropbox account on

  1. Open a web browser.

  2. Type in

  3. Select one of the following sign-in options:

    • Click Sign in, and enter your email address and password

    • Click Sign in with Google.

How to sign into your Dropbox account using Google Sign-in

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Note: You can link your personal and work accounts on your computer or mobile device and still keep each account independent. This allows you to separate personal and work stuff, but easily switch between accounts without having to sign in and out every time. Keep those cat photos in your personal account for easy viewing, even at work.

Haven’t signed up for Dropbox yet?

  1. Create an account on

  2. Type your name and email address (your email address is the username for your Dropbox account).

  3. Enter a strong, unique password.

  4. Click the box to agree to the Dropbox terms.

  5. Click Create an account.

What’s the email address on my Dropbox account?

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Change or reset a Dropbox password.

Learn more about your Dropbox plan and storage quota

Your Dropbox storage quota is calculated by adding up the total amount of data stored in your Dropbox account. This includes all shared folders to which you are a member and files collected from file requests. If someone invites you to a shared file or folder with a link, it does not take up space in your account (unless you save it to your Dropbox account). Learn more about how shared folders count towards storage space.

What’s my current Dropbox plan?  

Learn how to earn free space.

Upgrade to Dropbox Plus or Professional.

Find out how to cancel a free Dropbox trial or subscription.

Is there a limit to the number of devices I can link to my account?

Find answers to all your questions about payments and billing.

The Dropbox mobile app

The Dropbox mobile app makes it easy to access files from any phone or tablet you link to your account. See comments, scan receipts and other documents using your phone’s camera, or even make files available for offline access.

If you already have the Dropbox app on your phone or tablet, simply sign in with your email and password. If you don't have the app yet on your other devices, download it from, or your preferred app store.

How to: mobile app

Upload files from an iOS phone or tablet

  1. Open the Dropbox app.

  2. Tap the + (plus) icon.

  3. Tap Upload photos.

  4. Find the files you want to upload, and tap to select them for upload.

    • A check mark indicates the file has been selected

  5. Tap Next to enter the Save Settings screen. Choose which folder your photos will upload to, or rename all photos at once:

    • To rename all photos at once, tap Rename All and enter the new name for your photos. Photos are then automatically numbered in the order in which they were added. You can tap and hold the three horizontal lines to the right of an image to reorder it.

    • Tap Confirm to return to the Save Settings screen.

  6. Tap Upload.

Find instructions for your specific device (Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Windows Tablet).

How to upload other types of files or files from your device’s storage and external SD card.

Upload files from an Android phone or tablet

  1. Open the Dropbox app.

  2. Open the Dropbox folder where you'd like to store your photos.

  3. Tap the + (plus) icon.

  4. Choose Upload photos or videos.

  5. Find the files you want to upload, and tap to select them for upload.

    • A check mark indicates the file has been selected

    • If you didn’t already select a folder, tap the folder icon, select where you'd like the files to be added, and tap Set location.

  6. Tap Upload.

Find instructions for your specific device (Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Windows Tablet).

How to upload other types of files or files from your device’s storage and external SD card.

Automatic camera uploads

Dropbox Plus and Professional users can turn on camera uploads to automatically save photos and videos from a mobile device to Dropbox.

Save screenshots to your Dropbox account.

Document scanning

Save, organize, and share your work with the Dropbox doc scanner. With the doc scanner you can easily upload and organize scans from whiteboards, receipts, sketches, and more, right from the Dropbox mobile app.

The Dropbox desktop app on your computer

Once you install the Dropbox desktop app on your computer, a Dropbox folder will appear on your hard drive. It works like any other folder. To move a file, simply drag it to this Dropbox folder. The file will automatically upload to the Dropbox cloud where you can access it from any device. You should also see the Dropbox icon in your computer’s system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac). There you can see your recent activity, notifications, and quick links to all your files.

Download and install the Dropbox desktop app on your computer

Follow these simple steps to download and install the Dropbox desktop app on a Linux, Mac, or Windows computer.

  1. Download the desktop app on your computer.

  2. Once installed, you’ll be prompted to sign in with your Dropbox account credentials. You should use the same email address and password that you use on (this will be the same for all your devices).

  3. Once Dropbox is installed on your computer, you’ll see a Dropbox folder appear on your hard drive. You should also see a Dropbox icon in the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac)..


Are you running Dropbox on a Windows 10 device in S mode? Learn more.

Find more information on Dropbox compatibility with your operating system.

How to change desktop app preferences on your computer.

What to do if Dropbox won't install.

Add a file to Dropbox

You can add nearly any kind of file to Dropbox, and you can do so in several ways:

  • On desktop, you can drag and drop files into the Dropbox folder

    • Note: you can also use the Save As… menu option in most applications to save files directly to the Dropbox folder

  • On, add files with the Upload button or by dragging and dropping

  • On a phone or tablet, open the Dropbox app and click the + (plus) icon to upload files

If you add lots of files at once, it may take a while for the initial upload to complete.

Up next: Sync

With Dropbox, you can access the latest versions of your files on any computer, phone, or tablet you’ve connected to your account. This is thanks to a core feature called sync.


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