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Upload files from a phone or tablet

The Dropbox mobile app gives you different ways to upload files from your phone or tablet. Uploaded files sync with Dropbox on your computer and all your other connected devices.

This article outlines the different ways to upload from a mobile device.

Upload photos and videos automatically

Dropbox can automatically upload photos and videos taken from your mobile device, using the camera uploads feature.

To enable camera uploads on your mobile device, you must either:

  • Connect your computer to Dropbox, or
  • Upgrade to Dropbox Pro

Learn more about enabling camera uploads.

Upload photos and videos manually

If you don't have camera uploads enabled, you can manually add photos to your Dropbox.

  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Open the Dropbox folder where you'd like to store your photos.
  3. Tap the + (plus) icon at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Choose Upload photos or videos.
  5. Find the files you want to upload, and tap to select them for upload.

    • A check mark indicates the file has been selected
  6. Tap the folder icon, and select where you'd like the files to be added.
  7. Tap Set location.
  8. Tap Upload.
Tap to highlight and upload

Upload other files from your device's storage

  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Open the Dropbox folder where you'd like to store your photos.
  3. Tap the + (plus) icon at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Select Upload files.

    • You can select files from any location in your device's local memory
  5. Tap Upload (or Open on some devices).

Upload files from an external SD card

If your device has an SD card, you can upload files to Dropbox from there.

  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Open the Dropbox folder where you'd like to store your photos.
  3. Tap the + (plus) icon at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Select Upload files.
  5. Navigate to your SD card, and tap the files you'd like to upload.
  6. Tap Upload (or Open on some devices).

If you can't view your SD card when browsing for files to upload:

  1. Tap the menu button at the top of the screen.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Verify that Show advanced devices is checked.

Upload photos and videos manually

  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Tap the + (plus) icon.
  3. Tap Upload photos.
  4. Find the files you want to upload, and tap to select them for upload.

    • A check mark indicates the file has been selected
  5. Tap the folder icon, and select where you'd like the files to be added.
  6. Tap Set location.
  7. Tap Upload.
Tap to highlightTap to highlight photos
Save to folderSelect the folder to save to

Upload or create files

To upload additional file types:

  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Tap the + (plus) icon.
  3. Tap Create or upload file.
  4. Tap Upload File.

You can also choose to create content using Microsoft Office applications.

Learn more about creating content with Microsoft Office applications.

Upload other types of files

You can upload other types of files using either of the following:

  • The iOS Open In menu wherever it appears in other apps
  • Via App Extensions on iOS 8 and higher

For example, you can upload a file attached to an email:

  1. Open your email app.
  2. Open the email that has the attachment.
  3. Tap the attachment file name to open the file viewer.
  4. Tap the icon of an arrow coming out of a box.
  5. In the pop-up menu, you should see an Open in Dropbox option. Tap it to open the file in Dropbox.
  6. Tap Save.

Many other apps offer the Open in option as well.

Dropbox can automatically upload photos and videos taken from your iPad, with camera uploads. You can enable this feature when you first install the Dropbox app, or via the app's settings. Before you can enable camera uploads on your mobile device, you must connect your computer to Dropbox, or upgrade to Dropbox Pro.

Upload photos and videos manually

  1. Navigate to the location in your Dropbox where you'd like to upload the files.
  2. Tap (ellipsis).

    • Optional: To put the files in a new folder, tap Create folder before uploading the file
  3. Tap Upload file.
  4. Tap Photos.
  5. Tap each photo you'd like to upload.

    • Optional: If you're viewing photos from a specific date, you can also tap Select all
    • Optional: You can also select the location you'd like to upload from by tapping Camera roll
  6. Tap Upload.

Upload other file types

You can upload other file types in two ways:

  • The iOS Open In menu, if it appears in other apps
  • Via App Extensions on iOS 8 and higher

For example, you can upload a file attached to an email by doing the following:

  1. Open your email app.
  2. Locate the email and tap the attachment file name; a file viewer will open.
  3. Tap the arrow icon.
  4. Tap Open in Dropbox.
  5. Tap Save. You can then rename the file and select a location to save to.

Upload photos manually

  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Tap the icon for the folder where you'd like the files to be added.
  3. Tap the upload icon in the app bar.
  4. Select a photo from your device gallery.

Note: The Dropbox app for Windows devices does not currently support video uploads. This is due to operating system limitations.

Upload a photo from your device's gallery

  1. Open the gallery app.
  2. Tap the upload icon from the bottom app bar menu.
  3. Thumbnails from your phone's photo gallery will appear. Tap the photo you'd like to upload.
  4. Select Dropbox.

To check the upload status for files, locate the file in your Dropbox and look at the progress bar under the file name.

Photos will then instantly sync to all of your computers and mobile devices. Uploading to a shared folder allows other members of that folder to see your photo or video.

Upload photos manually

  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Tap the icon for the folder where you'd like the files to be added.
  3. Tap the upload icon in the app bar.
  4. Select a photo from your device gallery.

Note: The Dropbox app for Windows devices does not currently support video uploads. This is due to operating system limitations.

Upload a photo from your device's gallery

  1. Open the gallery app.
  2. Tap the upload icon from the bottom app bar menu.
  3. Thumbnails from your phone's photo gallery will appear. Tap the photo you'd like to upload.
  4. Select Dropbox.

To check the upload status for files, locate the file in your Dropbox and look at the progress bar under the file name.

Photos will then instantly sync to all of your computers and mobile devices. Uploading to a shared folder allows other members of that folder to see your photo or video.