How to use Connect a Computer to install Dropbox

Updated Apr 16, 2024
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This feature is only available on Dropbox plans for individuals.

Connect a Computer is an alternative way to install the Dropbox desktop application on your computer.
 

Connect a Computer allows you to:

  • Create a Dropbox account
  • Begin the account connection process on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device
  • Finish connecting an account using a QR code reader

How to add a computer to your account:

  1. Open the Dropbox mobile app.
  2. Tap the menu icon (stacked lines) at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Connect a Computer.
  5. The app will ask if you're near the computer—if you are, tap Set Up.
  6. Open a web browser on your computer, and navigate to dropbox.com/connect.
    • You should see a QR code shaped like the Dropbox logo.
  7. Use the Dropbox mobile app to scan this QR code.
    • The app will tell your computer's browser to begin downloading the Dropbox installer.
  8. Install the app.
  1. Open the Dropbox mobile app.
  2. Tap the icon of a person at the bottom right.
  3. If you connected a work and personal account, tap Personal.
  4. Tap Connect a Computer.
  5. The app will ask if you're near the computer—if you are, tap Yes, continue.
  6. Open a web browser on your computer, and navigate to dropbox.com/connect.
    • You should see a QR code shaped like the Dropbox logo.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Use the Dropbox mobile app to scan this QR code.
    • The app will tell your computer's browser to begin downloading the Dropbox installer.
  9. Install the app.

What if I have trouble with the Connect a Computer feature? Do I have to use it?

If you have any trouble with Connect a Computer, or if you're not able to scan the QR code, you do not need to use it. You should be able to cancel out of the screen at any point and complete the install directly on your computer.

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Note: If you do not currently have files in your account, you will see the Connect a Computer prompt on the Files tab on dropbox.com.
 

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