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How do I upload files from my phone or tablet?

The Dropbox mobile app gives you different ways to upload files from your phone or tablet to your Dropbox. Once files are uploaded, they will sync with Dropbox on your computer and all your other devices.

Upload photos and videos automatically

Dropbox can automatically upload photos and videos taken from your Android device. This feature is called Camera Upload, and you can turn it on when you first install the app or by going to the app's settings. In some cases, you may need to install Dropbox on your computer before you can enable Camera Upload on your mobile device. This ensures that any photos or videos you take on your phone or tablet will also be available on your computer.

Upload photos and videos manually

If you don't have Camera Upload enabled, you can still add photos to your Dropbox folder by uploading them manually.

  1. First, navigate to the location within your Dropbox where you would like to put the photos
  2. Next tap the blue plus ("+") icon at the bottom right of your screen
  3. Choose Upload files, then select Photos and videos. You can select files from your device’s gallery or another location in your phone's local memory
  4. Upload
  5. Browse to the files you’d like to upload and tap to select them for upload. A green check mark indicates the file has been selected
  6. Select
  7. Tap the Upload button to upload the selected files to Dropbox

Upload other files from your device’s storage

  1. First, navigate to the location within your Dropbox where you would like to put the files
  2. Next tap the blue plus ("+") icon at the bottom right of your screen
  3. Choose Upload files, then select Other files. You can select files from any location in your phone's local memory
  4. Browse to the files you’d like to upload and tap to select them for upload
  5. Tap Upload (or Open on some devices) to upload the selected files to Dropbox

Upload files from an external SD card

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

  1. Launch Dropbox and browse to the location where you’d like to put the files
  2. Next tap the blue plus ("+") icon at the bottom right of your screen
  3. Choose Upload files, then select Other files
  4. Browse to your SD card and tap on the files you'd like to upload
  5. Tap Upload (or Open on some devices) to upload the selected files to Dropbox

If you cannot view your SD card when browsing for files to upload, tap the menu button in the top-right of the screen and select Settings. Verify that Show advanced devices is checked.

The Dropbox mobile app will allow you to upload files from your mobile device to your Dropbox. Once you do, these files will automatically sync to your other computers and mobile devices.

Upload Photos to your Dropbox

Currently, you can only upload new or existing photos to your Dropbox from your BlackBerry using the Dropbox BlackBerry app.


Uploading a photo via the BlackBerry menu
  1. Launch the Dropbox app from your BlackBerry mobile device
  2. Browse to wherever you want to save the file you would like to upload
  3. Press your BlackBerry device's menu button
  4. Select Upload a Photo
  5. To upload a new picture, select Take new. To upload from your photo gallery, select From gallery

Photos will then instantly sync to all of your computers and mobile devices. Uploading to a shared folder will also allow those you've shared the folder with to see your photo or video immediately on their computer (or even on their mobile device if they also use Dropbox).

The Dropbox mobile app gives you different ways to upload files from your phone or tablet to your Dropbox account. Once files are uploaded, they will sync with Dropbox on your computer and all your other devices.

Upload photos and videos automatically

Dropbox can automatically upload photos and videos taken from your iPhone. This feature is called Camera Upload, and you can turn it on when you first install the app or by going to the app's settings. You can also choose whether to allow uploading when your device is connected to a cellular network.

Upload photos and videos manually

First navigate to the location within your Dropbox where you'd like to put the photos. Then do the following:

  1. Tap the More actions menu (...) icon at the top right of the screen to get a drop-down menu.
  2. TapUpload File from the menu.
    Tap the More actions menu (...) icon to get a drop-down menu.
  3. Select the location you'd like to upload files from.
  4. Select the files you want to upload.
  5. Tap the Upload button at the top of the screen.

Upload other types of files

You can upload other types of files by using the iOS "Open In" menu wherever it appears in other apps. For example, you can upload a file attached to an email by doing the following:

  1. In the iOS email app, go to the email and tap the file name. A file viewer will open.
  2. Tap the icon with the arrow coming out of a box in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. In the pop-up menu, you should see an Open in Dropbox option. Tap it to open the file in Dropbox.
  4. Tap Save at the top right of the screen. You can rename the file and select a specific location to save to.

Many other apps offer the Open In option as well.

The Dropbox mobile app gives you different ways to upload files from your phone or tablet to your Dropbox account. Once files are uploaded, they will sync with Dropbox on your computer and all your other devices.

Upload photos and videos automatically

Dropbox can automatically upload photos and videos taken from your iPad. This feature is called Camera Upload, and you can turn it on when you first install the app or by going to the app's settings. You can also choose whether to allow uploading when your device is connected to a cellular network.

Upload photos and videos manually

First navigate to the location within your Dropbox where you'd like to put the photos. Then do the following:

  1. Tap the More options menu (...) icon at the top right of the sidebar to get a drop-down menu.
  2. Tap Upload File from the menu. (Optional: To put the files in a new folder, tap Create Folder from the menu before uploading.)
  3. Tap the More actions menu (...) icon to get a drop-down menu.
  4. Select the location you'd like to upload files from.
  5. Select the files you want to upload.
  6. Tap the Upload button at the top of the menu.

Upload other types of files

You can upload other types of files by using the iOS "Open In" menu wherever it appears. For example, you can upload a file attached to an email by doing the following:

  1. In the iOS email app, go to the email and tap the file name. A file viewer will open.
  2. Tap the icon with the arrow coming out of a box in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. In the pop-up menu, you should see an Open in Dropbox option. Tap it to open the file in Dropbox.
  4. Tap Save at the top right of the pop-up window. You can rename the file and select a specific location to save to.

Many other apps offer the Open In option as well.

The Dropbox mobile app gives you different ways to upload files from your phone or tablet to your Dropbox account. Once files are uploaded, they will sync with Dropbox on your computer and all your other devices.

Upload photos automatically

Dropbox can automatically upload photos taken from your Windows Phone. This feature is called Camera Upload, and you can turn it on by going to the app's settings. You can also choose whether to allow uploading when your device is connected to a cellular network when the app is open.

Unfortunately, the Dropbox app for Windows Phone does not currently support uploading of videos from your device. This is due to operating system limitations.

Upload photos manually

First navigate to the location within your Dropbox where you'd like to put the photos. Then tap the upload icon in the bottom app bar. You can select a photo from your device gallery.

WindowsPhoneUpload a photo from your device's gallery

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

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

Uploading to a shared folder will also allow those you've shared the folder with to see your photo immediately on their computer (or even on their mobile device if they also use Dropbox).

The Dropbox mobile app gives you different ways to upload files from your phone or tablet to your Dropbox account. Once files are uploaded, they will sync with Dropbox on your computer and all your other devices.

Upload photos automatically

Dropbox can automatically upload photos taken from your Windows tablet. This feature is called Camera Upload, and you can turn it on by going to the app's settings.

The Dropbox app for Windows tablet does not currently support automatic uploading of videos from your device, due to operating system limitations. You can, however, manually upload videos by following the instructions below.

WindowsTabletUpload photos manually

  1. First navigate to the location within your Dropbox where you'd like to put the photos.
  2. Swipe in from the bottom edge of your screen to bring up a set of options.
  3. Tap the Upload icon in the bottom app bar. You can select photos from your device gallery.
  4. Thumbnails from your phone's photo gallery will appear. Tap the photo you'd like to upload.

WindowsTablet Upload other files from your device

  1. Navigate to the location within your Dropbox where you'd like to upload your files to.
  2. Swipe in from the bottom edge of your screen to bring up a set of options.
  3. Tap the Upload icon in the bottom app bar. You can select files from your device.

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

Uploading to a shared folder will also allow those you've shared the folder with to see your photo immediately on their computer (or even on their mobile device if they also use Dropbox).