By Nicky / Last Updated September 11, 2020


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Can I migrate Dropbox to OneDrive?

“I have around 1.5 GB files in my Dropbox account and I want to transfer all of them to OneDrive account because I use OneDrive account mostly. But, the issue is that I do not know how to migrate files from Dropbox to OneDrive without any data loss. Is anyone knows any reliable solution? Please give me some suggestions!”

Dropbox to OneDrive

Why need to migrate files from Dropbox to OneDrive?

Recently, more and more people tend to save files on clouds. And a lot of users have more than one cloud accounts belong to the same or different cloud providers. As popular cloud services on the market, both Dropbox and OneDrive have a large number of users. Sometimes, cloud users may need to migrate files from Dropbox to OneDrive for the following reasons:

  • OneDrive provides more free cloud space (5 GB) than Dropbox (2 GB).

  • They have purchased office 365 products with OneDrive service and they don’t want to use Dropbox anymore.

  • Don’t want to use multiple clouds at the same time, so users want to transfer all files from Dropbox to OneDrive for better management.

  • There are some documents that need to be transferred from the public Dropbox account to their own OneDrive cloud.

How to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive in the traditional way?

Although neither Dropbox nor Microsoft OneDrive has a function to migrate files between each other directly, you can migrate files from Dropbox to OneDrive with the following two solutions. But it may take some time to complete because you need to perform the operations manually.

Solution 1: Download and Upload

1. Sign in to your Dropbox account.

2. Create a new folder, select all files under your Dropbox account and move them to the new folder.

3. Click the three-dot symbol next to the new folder. Then, click the “Download” button in the drop-down menu to download the folder to the local PC.

Dropbox Download

4. Log into your OneDrive account and click the “Upload” button to upload files or folder you just download from Dropbox.

OneDrive Upload

Note: The new folder will become a .zip file after it’s downloaded to the local PC. If you want to upload folder to OneDrive directly, you need to extract that .zip file first.

Solution 2: Move files through Windows File Explorer

1. Download both Dropbox app and OneDrive app and install them on your PC.

2. After installing them on your PC, you will find them through Windows File Explorer.

View Dropbox and OneDrive through Windows File Explorer

3. You can move files from Dropbox to OneDrive with the “Cut” and “Paste” feature through Windows File Explorer.

Any traditional solutions above are feasible, but these solutions are not recommended if you are transferring a large number of files. Because it will take a lot of time and is easy to miss files. Actually, there is an effective way that can help you migrate Dropbox to OneDrive safely and quickly. Please continue to read the following parts.

How to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive in an effective way?

To transfer files from Dropbox to OneDrive, the most effective way is to rely on a professional cloud backup web services - CBackupper. With it, you can quickly and directly move files between two clouds while ensuring data security. Now, follow the steps to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive within simple steps.

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.

Add Dropbox

3. To backup files between cloud storage, 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 Dropbox as the backup source, and click “Add Destination” to OneDrive. Then, click "Start Backup” in the lower right corner to perform task.

Add Source

Note: Under “Settings”, you can enjoy “File Filter” and enable “Email Notification”. You can also set automatic backup under “Schedule”.

After backing up, you can easily restore the files that have been previously backed up to the original location or a new location easily with CBackupper.


Learn more about CBackupper

  • As a web service, CBackupper doesn’t require downloading and installation. Thus, you can save much local disk space. Meanwhile, it can be applied in all operating systems and all devices including desktop, laptop, notebook, iPad, cellphone, etc.

  • The authorization system of CBackupper is based on OAuth, which is a standard authorization framework that enables third-party applications to access multiple cloud accounts without username and password required. And you don’t need to worry about personal information data disclosure.

  • Besides Dropbox and OneDrive, it also supports Google Drive, FTP/SFTP and so on. You can combine your cloud storage like Dropbox, OneDrive and Google drive to expand your storage space. And then, you can manage several clouds on one interface.

  • It has many useful features. For example, “File Filter” features can help you exclude certain types of files or contain only specified types of files when backing up. Moreover, you can click “Schedule” button to set up an automatic backup in Specific time/Daily/Weekly/Monthly mode.


Following any mentioned solutions above, you can migrate Dropbox to OneDrive for free. But I am sure the CBackupper is the best choice among all options. Because it provides a free and convenient cloud file transfer way for you to manage all the cloud storage accounts that you have.