Dropbox desktop app

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 and notifications, and find quick links to all your files.

How to: desktop app

Download and install the Dropbox desktop app

Follow these simple steps to download and install the Dropbox desktop app 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 a Dropbox folder appear on your hard drive. You should also see a Dropbox icon in the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).


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.

Add a file to your Dropbox account

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

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

    • You can also use the Save As… menu option in most applications to save files directly to your Dropbox folder

  • 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.