How to manage third-party apps on Dropbox

A third-party app is any non-Dropbox application on your computer, phone, or tablet. Examples include apps used to sign documents, like DocuSign, or apps used to edit pictures, like Adobe. 

You can connect third-party apps to both your individual and business Dropbox accounts. 

Dropbox is not responsible for apps developed and offered by other companies. We recommend that you review each app’s terms of use and privacy policies before granting it access to your Dropbox account.

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How to connect third-party apps to your Dropbox account

Third-party apps that are available as Dropbox Extensions are automatically connected to your Dropbox account. When opening select file types like images, PDFs, and AutoCad documents choose the Open button to see available options. The first time you use a Dropbox Extension to open a file, you'll be asked to complete a one-time authorization to your Dropbox account.

Note: In most cases, Dropbox doesn't provide instructions for installation of third-party apps that are not available as Dropbox Extensions. To install a third-party app on Dropbox, follow the instructions provided by the third party.

What access will the third-party app have to my Dropbox account?

When you link an app to Dropbox, the app will have access to your basic account information, such as your registered email address. It may also request access in the following ways:

  • Select Access - Provides access to a specific file in your Dropbox account. The app can only access that specific file and only write create and write to a file in that same folder.
  • App Folder - A specific folder in your Dropbox account. The app can only access files in that folder.
  • Full Dropbox - All folders and files in your Dropbox account.

How to disconnect a third-party app from your Dropbox account

If at any point you wish to disconnect an app from your account, you can do so in your account settings.

  1. Sign in to
  2. Click your profile picture or face icon.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Connected apps.
  5. Under Apps with access to your Dropbox, click the arrow next to the app you’d like to disconnect.
  6. Click Disconnect.
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