Ultimate Guide: How to Backup Files to Dropbox?
Many users back up files to Dropbox cloud drive for safety or sharing. This post presents how to backup local files to Dropbox in easy ways.
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Founded in 2007, Dropbox is the most popular cloud storage on the market and it continues to improve its features. Every user begins with 2GB free storage by signing up with Dropbox. It offers easy and secure uploading with 256-bit AES and SSL/TLS encryption and there is no file size upload limit with drag and drop function.
Furthermore, it lets users save space and share files quickly. You can share your files with anyone, even those without Dropbox accounts. By sharing, people can get access to your file with a password and adding the expiration dates to the link you send to share your files. Especially for teamwork, that’s where Dropbox does a good job.
Plus, for those who need to refer to the previous version of any documents, you can restore deleted files up to 30 days after they were removed. Also, Dropbox has a document scanning option, which is a time saver as after you scan a document, the system will tweak the scan and upload it as a PDF or JPEG file to the cloud. What's more, Dropbox offers computer apps for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and Linux computers, and mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets.
Since Dropbox is such an excellent cloud storage service that simplifies life and work. Many users would like to save computer files to Dropbox due to different purposes. If you are planning to backup files to Dropbox, please read on. Here is an ultimate guide on how to backup files to Dropbox.
Generally, you can backup files to Dropbox in three ways. The first way is to visit the Dropbox website and upload your files manually. The second way is to install the desktop app on your computer, then, adding files to your Dropbox folder and let Dropbox automatically sync them. For mobile devices users, you can also backup files via the Dropbox mobile app. Please read on to check the detailed steps of the three ways.
If you want to backup files to dropbox automatically, Dropbox has a desktop app to help you backup computer to Dropbox on Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and Linux computers. Download and install the desktop application on your PC. Sign in your Dropbox account after running it. If no, just create one.
Step 1. Download and install Dropbox desktop application on your computer.
Step 2. Sign in to your Dropbox account.
Step 3. By default, the "Dropbox" folder will appear on your computer, located at C:\Users\Computer Name\Documents\Dropbox. To back up important files, you just need to directly drop and drop them into the folder.
Step 4. The newly added data will be automatically uploaded to the Dropbox cloud storage.
✎Note: The free Dropbox account is limited to 2GB. If you want to get more storage, you can invite friends or just pay for it.
Another way to upload files to Dropbox is using the Dropbox website. If the number of files to be uploaded is not large and you are quite familiar with the Dropbox file upload process, you can also choose to manually upload files one by one into Dropbox.
1. Go to the Dropbox website and sign in to your account.
2. In the Dropbox main page, click the “Upload Files” option to upload your files manually. In this way, file size up to 20GB.
1. Install the Dropbox app from the App Store or Google Play.
2. Turn on Wi-Fi before installing apps or uploading files to save your mobile data.
3. Open Dropbox and tap “Sign Up.” Enter your name and contact information, then tap “Create Account” to complete the sign-up. If you already have a Dropbox account, tap “Sign in” and log in with your Dropbox username and password.
4. Tap the “+” icon. If you are using an Android device, the + icon is located in the lower-left corner.
5. Tap “Create or upload file” (iPhone) or “Upload files” (Android) to select the file(s) you want to upload, then tap “Upload files.” This will add the files to your Dropbox folder.
Tip 1. Refer friends to Dropbox
Share a unique link with your families, friends, or colleagues. If they click the link and sign up or install Dropbox on their computers, you will get 500 MB of bonus space for each. But the maximum is 16GB. Once you reached the maximum, you can no longer get free space in this way.
Tip 2. Connect Facebook & Twitter accounts to Dropbox
Connect Facebook and Twitter accounts to Dropbox, you can collaborate the contacts in those social media sites. You can also get 125MB for each account.
Tip 3. Merge multiple Dropbox accounts
Dropbox provides each user with 2GB free cloud storage. So, you can register two or more accounts to enjoy countless 2GB. If you don't want to switch the accounts frequently, you can merge Dropbox accounts together in one place with CBackupper, which is a free cloud manager that provides the option to combine cloud storage accounts with just one login. Here are the steps to use CBackupper:
1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackupper, click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name. After that, sign in your account.
2. Click “Add Clouds” under “Clouds” tab, select Dropbox and click “Add”. Then sign in your account and authorize CBackupper to access and manage your files on the cloud. Google Drive, OneDrive, and FTP/SFTP are also supported.
3. After adding, all your Dropbox accounts are listed here. With only one login, you can manage and check all your Dropbox accounts freely.
By following the methods above, you can easily backup files to Dropbox. With no doubt that Dropbox is a good backup solution for your precious, but the free storage space may be run out of quickly. If you don't want to upgrade for more storage, you can try to get more free storage through the tricks provides by Dropbox or CBackupper. What's more, the data in Dropbox is not absolutely secure, so, you'd better backup Dropbox to Google Drive/OneDrive/FTP/SFTP directly with CBackupper just in case, saving you a lot of time and energy.