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 (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, 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.