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.