By Nicky / Last Updated November 9, 2020

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Can I upload files to someone else’s Dropbox?

“I have a client who wants me to submit files via Dropbox. I only have a free Dropbox account and am not interested in upgrading it. What I want is to be able to upload files to their Dropbox from my Dropbox account. And after uploading, they can move and delete these files. Is there a way to do this? Any help would be appreciated!”

As one of the most popular cloud storage around the world, Dropbox has collected massive users, and the transmission needs among Dropbox accounts also increased. For example, sometimes, users may need to upload files to someone else’s Dropbox with or without Dropbox account. If you happen to have this demand but don't know how to do it, you can refer to the following contents to learn three effective solutions.

Solutions to upload files to someone else’s Dropbox

There are three solutions to upload files to someone else’s Dropbox. The first two solutions will show you how to share or submit files between Dropbox accounts through the features of Dropbox. Compared with the last two indirect ways, the last solution is a direct way to transfer files between Dropbox accounts via a third-party cloud transfer service - CBackupper, which also may be the easiest way among the three solutions. If you are not familiar with the features of Dropbox, you can turn to the last solution directly.

Solution 1. Share files/folder of your Dropbox account with another

Sharing files can be considered as a way to upload files from one Dropbox to another. Because the one with edit access of the shared files/folder can edit, comment, and view files/folder from anywhere by using Dropbox. In addition, the changes they have made to the contents of the shared files/folder will be synced to everyone who has access the shared files/folder. Therefore, you can share files or folder of your Dropbox account with others to let them view and edit the files freely.

Steps for how to share multiple file or folder on Dropbox:

1. Go to Dropbox.com and log in to your Dropbox account.

2. Click Files in the left column. Then, hover over the file or folder you’d like to share and click Share.

Share

3. Type the Email or name of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.

Share Contact

Note: You can also click “Create link” in the lower-right corner. Then, click “Copy link” to copy the link and send it to people you want to share files or folder with.

4. Click Share. They’ll receive an email with a link to the file or folder.

Confirm and Share

Solution 2. Collect files from people with File requests feature

“File requests” is a feature of Dropbox that allows you to collect and receive files (up to 20 GB) from anyone. When someone clicks your file request link, all they have to do is choose files from their computer, enter their name and email and click Upload. That’s it—there’s no need to sign in, so anyone can add files, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.

It’s an easy way to get files. If you need to upload files to someone else’s Dropbox account, you can ask them to create a file request and send a link to you. Then, you can upload the needed files to their account through the link with or without a dropbox account.

To create File request in Dropbox:

1. Go to Dropbox.com and log in to your Dropbox account.

2. Click Files > File requests > Create a file request.

Create File Request

3. Enter a name for the folder that will store all collected files. You can see the path to the new folder. If you'd like to change the folder's location, click Change folder

Request Folder

Note: If you’re a Dropbox Professional or Business customer, you can add a deadline for these submissions.

4. You can click Copy button to copy the file request link and send it to anyone you want to request files from. Or, you can enter emails of the people you need files from and send the file request directly from Dropbox. Click Done.

Request Done

Note:

  • You’ll receive an email whenever people upload files to your file request.

  • All the files you collect are automatically organized into a single Dropbox folder or Space. Only you can view files uploaded by others, unless you decide to share them.

Solution 3. Backup files between two Dropbox accounts directly via CBackupper

CBackupper is a free online backup service that can help you backup files Dropbox accounts. It supports many cloud drives like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and so on. With it, you can safely add and run multiple Dropbox accounts on just one interface and create a backup task to backup data between the Dropbox accounts directly and quickly. In addition, its useful features like scheduled backup can help you set an automatic backup task in Specific time/Daily/Weekly/Monthly. To use CBackupper, you can refer to the following steps.

1. CBackupper is a web-based service so you don’t need to download or install any app. Just go to the website of CBackupper, click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name to create an account and sign in.

Add Source

2. Under “Clouds” tab, click “Add Clouds” to select Dropbox and follow the instructions to grant CBackupper access to the account. Then add another Dropbox account in the same way.

Add Cloud

Note:

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. So, you can safely add and authorize your Dropbox accounts.

The added cloud drives are listed on the left side of the page. You can click the three-dot icon next to each cloud drives and select “Allocate Space” option to adjust the storage space you want to use for backup flexibly with three options as shown in the picture below.

Allocate Space Feature

3. Click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button.

Create Task

4. Name your backup task, click “Add Source” button to add one Dropbox account as the transfer source. Similarly, click “Add Destination” button to add another Dropbox account as the backup destination.

Add Source and Destination

Note: When you choose the backup destination, remember to tick “Secondary Destination” option to choose a secondary backup destination. Once the space of your first backup destination is insufficient, files will be automatically backed up to the second one.

Secondary Backup Destiantion

5. Click “Start Backup” to upload files to someone else’s account.

Conclusion

That’s all how to upload files to someone else’s account, you can choose one solution and refer to the detailed steps to achieve it. To improve the efficiency of file transfer, I recommend you follow the third solution to achieve it with CBackupper, because it can not only help you transfer files between Dropbox accounts, but also can help you combine cloud storages like Google Drive, OneDrive and so on into one.