By Nicky / Last Updated July 2, 2020

How Do I Upload Files to Dropbox?

Dropbox is an online file storage service that allows users to upload, share, and access files and folders via website and mobile and desktop apps, plus a web-based interface. If you are going to use Dropbox to store your files, you can upload your files to Dropbox in three efficient ways.

The first way is to visit the Dropbox website and upload files to Dropbox from website manually. The second way is to install the desktop app on your computer, then, adding files to your Dropbox is as simple as dragging them to the Dropbox folder. In this way, you can automatically upload multiple files to Dropbox at once. Uploading files from your mobile app is the last way. Please read on to check the detailed steps of how to add files to Dropbox easily.

Dropbox

Way 1. Upload Files to Dropbox via Dropbox Website

1. Go to the Dropbox website and log in to your account with email and password.

Login Dropbox

2. Click on upload options on the upper right corner and then you can choose to upload files or folder from your computer.

  • If you choose Files, select the files you want to upload to Dropbox and click Open.

  • If you choose Folder, select a folder and click on Upload.

Upload Files to Dropbox

Note: Every file or folder you choose to upload to Dropbox via dropbox website can’t be bigger than 20 GB. You can use the desktop or mobile app if you want to add larger files or folders.

Way 2. Upload Files to Dropbox via Desktop App

1. Download and install Dropbox to your computer and it will create a folder that will be automatically synced with all your devices. Once you add files to your Dropbox folder then it will be backed up to your Dropbox account automatically.

Mac: When the download is complete, a window containing a Dropbox icon will appear on the screen.

Windows: Save the file to your Downloads folder. When the download completes, navigate to that folder to find the Dropbox installer (it will end with .exe).

Note: Never install the Dropbox app on a public computer. If you’re not on your own computer, use the Dropbox website.

2. Sign in your Dropbox account and click on “Open Dropbox folder”.

Windows: The Dropbox folder is created in your main user folder. If your Windows user name is “Nicky”, you will find a folder called “Dropbox” in C:\Users\Nicky.

Mac: The Dropbox folder is created in the Home (main) folder.

Dropbox Desktop App


3. Then drag and drop the file or folder to your Dropbox folder.

Note: The drag-and-drop process means moving files or folders from its original location to the Dropbox folder on your computer. If you want to make a backup for your file or folder, please copy and paste it into the Dropbox folder.

Way 3. Upload Files to Dropbox via Mobile App

1. Install the Dropbox app from the App Store or Play Store.

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.

Upload Files to Dropbox Mobile


5. Select “Create or upload file” (iPhone) or “Upload files” (Android).

6. Select the file(s) you want to upload, then tap “Upload files.” This will add the files to your Dropbox folder.

Bonus Tip: How to Run Multiple Dropbox Accounts with One login

According to the explain of Dropbox official site, only Dropbox Business users will be able to have multiple Dropbox accounts synced to a single device. If you want to run multiple Dropbox personal accounts on one computer simultaneously, you can use a free third-party cloud management services - cBackupper.

cBackupper bases on standard OAuth system, which is a standard authorization framework that enables third-party applications to access multiple cloud accounts without username and password required. Therefore, you can safely add your multiple cloud drives or multiple accounts of one cloud drive on one interface.

To use cBackupper, you can refer to the following steps:

1. Create a cBackupper account freely and sign in.

Sign Up


2. Add and authorize your Dropbox account under the “Clouds” tab. Choose Dropbox icon and click “OK”. Then follow the instructions to go to Dropbox website to grant access to cBackupper.

Add Cloud

3. Then, with one login, you can not only link multiple Dropbox accounts, but also access and manage files on different accounts easily. And besides Dropbox, it also supports Google Drive, OneDrive and FTP/SFTP.

Verdict

In the contents above, we’ve displayed three quick methods to upload files to Dropbox with ease, and you can also rely on cBackupper to manage your multiple cloud accounts without logging in each of them one by one. And besides cloud management, cBackupper can also help you transfer files on Dropbox to other cloud directly and backup Dropbox automatically. Don’t hesitate to use this free tool.