How to use Dropbox

Dropbox is a home for all your work. You can store and share files, collaborate on projects, and bring your best ideas to life—whether you’re working alone or with colleagues and clients.

With Dropbox, all your files are backed up to the cloud and available online. You can save, access, and share your important stuff from anywhere, at any time, on any device.

Let’s get started setting up Dropbox.

Access your account

There are 3 ways to access your new account: from your computer, on, and with the Dropbox mobile app. To get the most from Dropbox, install the apps on your computer, tablet, and phone.

View your files and activity in one place with the desktop app and on You can manage account preferences, add and share your content, get shared updates, and access features like Dropbox Paper.

Learn more

Keep an eye out for extra info on specific features. Just click wherever you see Learn More and you’ll find more details, step-by-step instructions, and help center resources, right on the same page.

How to: Get started in your account

1. Open a web browser.
2. Go to
3. Select one of the following sign-in options:
- Click Sign in, and enter your email address and password
- Click Sign in with Google.
- Click Sign in with Apple.

How to sign into your Dropbox account using Google Sign-in
How to sign into your Dropbox account using Sign in with Apple.
Having trouble signing in to your Dropbox account?

Note: You can link your personal and work accounts on your computer or mobile device and still keep each account independent. This allows you to separate personal and work content, but easily switch between accounts without having to sign in and out every time. 

1. Create an account on
2. Type your name and email address (your email address is the username for your Dropbox account).
3. Enter a strong, unique password.
4. Click the box to agree to the Dropbox terms.
5. Click Create an account.

Find the email address on your Dropbox account.
Troubleshoot why Dropbox might say an email address is already in use.
Change or reset a Dropbox password.

Your Dropbox storage quota is calculated by adding up the total amount of data stored in your Dropbox account. This includes all shared folders you're a member of and files collected from file requests. If someone invites you to a shared file or folder with a link, it does not take up space in your account (unless you save it to your Dropbox account). 

Find out what Dropbox plan you're on.  
Learn how to earn free storage space.
Upgrade to Dropbox Plus or Professional.
Find out how to cancel a free Dropbox trial or subscription.
Find out if there a limit to the number of devices you can sign into with your account.
Find answers to all your questions about payments and billing.

The Dropbox mobile app

The Dropbox mobile app makes it easy to access files from any phone or tablet you sign into. See comments, scan receipts and other documents using your phone’s camera, or even make files available for offline access.

If you already have the Dropbox app on your phone or tablet, simply sign in with your email and password, or using SSO with your Google or Apple account. If you don't have the app yet on your other devices, download it from, or your preferred app store.

How to: Mobile app

1. Open the Dropbox app.
2. Open the folder where you’d like to save your files.
3. Tap "+" (plus).
4. Tap Create or Upload File.
5. Tap Upload File.
6. Tap Browse and find the file you’d like to upload.
7. Select the location where you’d like to save the file in your Dropbox account.
8. Tap Upload.

1. Open the Dropbox app.
2. Open the folder where you’d like to save your files.
3. 3. Tap "+" (plus).
4. Tap Upload files.
5. Find the files you want to upload, and tap to select them for upload.
6. Tap Upload.

Find instructions for your specific device (Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Windows Tablet).

How to upload other types of files or files from your device’s storage and external SD card.

Dropbox Plus and Professional users can turn on camera uploads to automatically save photos and videos from a mobile device to Dropbox.

Save screenshots to your Dropbox account.

Save, organize, and share your work with the Dropbox doc scanner. With the doc scanner you can easily upload and organize scans from whiteboards, receipts, sketches, and more, right from the Dropbox mobile app.

You can manage your account settings and view your files and activity in one place on You can also add and share content and access features like Dropbox Paper.

How to:

Once you’ve signed in at, adding files to your account is as easy as dragging and dropping from your computer’s file system. Or, just follow these steps to upload a file or folder from your computer:

1. Sign in at
2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
3. Navigate to the folder where you’d like to save your file or folder.
4. Click Upload and select Upload files or Upload folder.
5. Navigate to the correct file or folder in your computer’s file system.
6. Click Open.

You can view and update your profile and account settings from any device at

1. Sign in at
2. Click your avatar (profile picture or initials) in the top-right corner.
3. Click Settings.
- The General tab is where you can can view and change your user information and email address, and set preferences for language, date, and time. 
- The Plan tab shows you the type of Dropbox account you’re using, its status, and the amount of storage space you have available.
- The Security tab gives you options to run a security checkup on your account, change your password, and set up two-step verification. You can also see and manage the devices that are associated with your account.
- The Notifications tab lets you customize the email notifications you receive. You can choose whether or not you’re notified about things like file activity, devices and browsers, changes to Dropbox Paper docs, and news or tips from Dropbox.
- The Connected apps tab shows you which apps you have integrated with Dropbox and which apps are used to open files and have access to your Dropbox files. You can also see contacts imported from your mobile devices and set defaults for opening Paper docs on your computer. 
- The Default apps tab lets you choose how to open certain types of files from your Dropbox account, like Microsoft Office files and Paper docs.
- The Branding tab is where you can customize branded sharing settings, if you’re a Dropbox Professional or Business customer.

Up next: Sync

With Dropbox, you can access the latest versions of your files on any computer, phone, or tablet you’ve signed into with your account. This is thanks to a core feature called sync.