How to use Dropbox Business

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 intuitive collaboration tools and advanced security features, Dropbox gives you everything you need to get work done on the go.

Let's get started with how to use Dropbox Business.

Dropbox in the cloud

Dropbox uses the cloud to store anything you need for work online. It lets you save, access, and share your important stuff from anywhere, at any time, across any device.

When a file is stored in the cloud, you're no longer chained to a single device or your hard drive. Everything you add to your Dropbox account is updated on dropbox.com and on any computer, phone, or tablet you have linked to your account. Make a change or delete a document? That is reflected, too. Find peace of mind knowing that Dropbox always has your back.

Access your account

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

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

Sign in to dropbox.com

View your files and activity in one place on dropbox.com. You can add and share your stuff, get team updates, access features like Paper and Showcase, and manage account preferences

Sign in with Dropbox Business

You should have received an email invite to join your Dropbox Business team. To get started, select Join your team from the invitation, and follow the prompts to sign up. If you didn’t receive an email, ask your IT department or Dropbox Business admin for help.

Join a Business Team.

How to sign in to your Dropbox account.

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

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Connect your accounts

Dropbox Business gets your team’s ideas flowing in a safe and secure location. As a team member, you can store, share, and collaborate on files in a work account that’s managed by your company admin. The admin manages users, team workflow, and all content in your company’s Dropbox Business accounts.

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 them without having to sign in and out every time. Keep those cat photos in your personal account for easy viewing, even at work.

How to: Connect Dropbox Business to a personal account

1. Sign in to dropbox.com with your new Dropbox Business account credentials.
 
2. Click your avatar at the top-right corner of the page.
 
3. Select Settings.
 
4. Click Connect under Connect your personal Dropbox.
 

 

Dropbox desktop experience

The Dropbox desktop experience provides one organized place that brings work into focus and keeps you in sync—right from your desktop.

With features like overviews, descriptions, to-dos, comments, pins, and sharing tools, the desktop app lets you turn any folder into a connected workspace with Dropbox Spaces. Spaces helps you track your work and collaborate even better.

Work from a desktop home base

The desktop app gives you one organized place to work with all your Dropbox content, tools, and Spaces. 

Dropbox in the Windows system tray and macOS menu bar makes it simple to jump back into work quickly. You can easily prioritize your workday and stay focused on what’s happening.

Your files are easy to find too. You can organize and access them from the Dropbox folder in Windows File Explorer and macOS Finder. 

How to: desktop app

Follow these simple steps to download and install Dropbox on your computer.

  1. Download the desktop app on your computer.

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

  3. Sign in to your personal account if you plan to connect it to your Dropbox Business account.

  4. Once Dropbox is installed on your computer, you’ll see the desktop app as well as a Dropbox icon in the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac) and a Dropbox folder on your hard drive.

 

The Dropbox desktop app is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems. Visit this article if you are running Windows 10 in S mode.

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.

You can add nearly any kind of file to your Dropbox account in several ways.

  • On your computer, you can drag and drop files into the desktop app or the Dropbox folder on your hard drive.
    • You can also use the Save As… menu option in most applications to save files directly to your Dropbox account.
  • On dropbox.com, 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.

Adding an overview to any folder in your Dropbox account turns it into a Dropbox Space. This overview makes it easy to organize your content and stay on top of things like activity, comments, and to-dos.

To add an overview to a folder and create a Space:

  1. Open the Dropbox desktop app.
  2. Locate the folder that you want to turn into a Space.
  3. Open the folder.
  4. Click in the area beneath the folder’s name and type a description.

When you install the desktop app, a Dropbox folder is created on your hard drive. Any files you move or create here will be uploaded to the Dropbox cloud. 

To use Dropbox in Finder or File Explorer as your default setting:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray or menu bar
  2. Click your profile picture or initials in the upper right corner.
  3. Click Preferences….
  4. Click the dropdown next to Open folders in: and choose Finder or File Explorer.

Dropbox mobile app

Stay connected to your team no matter where you are. The Dropbox mobile app makes it easy for you to access files from any phone or tablet linked to your account. See the latest comments from your coworkers, scan 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 work account. If you don't have the app yet on your other devices, download it from dropbox.com/mobile, or your preferred app store.

How to: document scanning

Easily upload, organize, and share your scans with the Dropbox doc scanner. You can even search for text within your scans thanks to optical character recognition (OCR).

Follow these steps to scan and save a doc from your phone

  1. Open the Dropbox app on your Android or iOS device.

  2. Tap + (plus).

  3. Choose Scan Document.

    - On Android devices, you’ll need to select Allow when prompted

  4. Take a picture of content you want to transform into a document. You can also select an existing image from the iOS Camera Roll.  Or on Android, tap the photos icon.

Learn more about how to use the doc scanner.

Up next: Setting up your team space

Dropbox makes it easy to collaborate with your team. Learn how to set up your team space, share content, and access files, folders, and Spaces offline with your mobile device.

 

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