How to add Dropbox to the Files app on Your iPhone or iPad

You can use the Files app to browse files stored on your device and in your Dropbox account all in one place. To do so, you must have the Dropbox iOS app installed on your device.

To access your Dropbox account in the Files app:

  1. Open the Files app.
  2. Under Locations, you’ll see your Dropbox folder.
  3. Tap your Dropbox folder.

Note: If you uninstall the Dropbox iOS app, your Dropbox folder will be removed from the Files app.

What Dropbox features are available on the Files app?

In your Dropbox folder on the Files app, you can:

  • Browse your files
  • View files
  • Download files
    • To download a file, you need access to Wi-Fi or cellular data. If you need to view a file offline, make the file available offline in the Dropbox iOS app
  • Copy files
  • Move files
  • Rename files
  • Edit files
  • Upload files directly to Dropbox from supported apps

If you connected your work and personal Dropbox accounts on your phone, you'll see both folders.

What Dropbox features are not available on the Files app? 

Some Dropbox features aren't available from the Files app. These features include:

  • Managing shared folder sharing settings.
  • Searching the entire Dropbox folder (search is limited to only the current folder you're browsing, and to recently opened folders)
  • Real-time collaboration on files (currently, if two people edit a file at the same time, they create conflicted copies)
  • Syncing Favorites from the Dropbox iOS app to the Files app
  • Commenting on files
  • Opening folders with more than 10,000 files or folders
  • Recovering recently deleted Dropbox files from the Recently Deleted menu
  • Previewing "bundle" files, like Garageband, Ominoutliner, and iWork '09 documents (you may see Authentication error when trying to open these files)
  • Moving files or folders to a folder that you havent opened yet (some folders aren't listed as possible locations unless you open that folder before attempting the move)
  • If a passcode is set up for the Dropbox app, your Dropbox folder isn’t available in the Files app
  • Accessing files in the Dropbox folder while offline
  • Syncing tags or colors in the Files app

While we work to improve the Dropbox integration with the Files app, you can use the Dropbox iOS app to access some of these features as usual.

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