Camera uploads can automatically add photos and videos from your camera, phone, or tablet to Dropbox. Any time new files are uploaded to your Camera Roll or Gallery, they'll be added to your account.
Your photos and videos are then accessible from wherever you log in to Dropbox.
You can use camera uploads in two ways:
- Wirelessly from your phone or tablet, using the iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile app
- Plugging your camera, phone, or tablet to your computer and using the Dropbox desktop app for Mac or Windows
Your photos and videos upload into a folder called Camera Uploads in your Dropbox account.
Who can use camera uploads?
Camera uploads are available to Basic, Plus, and Professional users (and Business users whose team admins have enrolled them in early access) with the following exception:
Note: If you’re a Dropbox Business user (and not enrolled in early access), you can upload photos manually from your personal account.
What are the requirements for camera uploads?
To use camera uploads, you must use the following software and devices:
Camera uploads won’t work if:
- Your device battery is low
- Your mobile device is roaming
Select your system for instructions:
Uploading photos from multiple devices
Camera uploads only uploads each photo and video into your Camera Uploads folder once. If you disable and then reenable camera uploads, or if you have camera uploads enabled on both your phone and computer, your photos and videos are each only uploaded once.
View your photos in the Dropbox app
You can view all photos in Dropbox by selecting the Photos tab (the photo icon) at the bottom of your phone screen.
Background uploading allows camera uploads to finish adding photos to your Dropbox, even if you don't open the Dropbox app. By default, the Dropbox app doesn’t upload files when the app is closed. If you turn on background uploading, Dropbox resumes uploading photos and videos when the app detects a significant change in your device’s location.
Note: Background uploading helps camera uploads work more efficiently; it doesn’t collect your location information in any way.
Camera uploads are only available to Dropbox Business team members enrolled in early access
. Camera uploads will become available to all Dropbox Business users in a later update. If you’re a Dropbox Business user with early access, learn more about how to use camera uploads
If you're a Dropbox Business user, you can use camera uploads by connecting a personal account
to your work account. To add photos and videos from your phone to your work account, you can select individual files and add them manually
Dropbox Business users who have enrolled in early access
Camera uploads are only available to Dropbox Business team members enrolled in early access. Camera uploads will become available to all Dropbox Business users in a later update.
Learn more about how to enroll in early access.
Important: How to avoid adding personal photos to your Dropbox Business account
When you enable camera uploads in Dropbox Business, every photo in your camera roll (or the default place where your photos are kept in your phone) is uploaded to the Camera Uploads folder in your business account. If your camera roll contains personal photos, then those will also be uploaded to your business account.
To avoid adding your personal photos to your Dropbox Business account, we recommend the following:
- Make sure there are no personal photos in your camera roll before turning on camera uploads for your business account
- If there are personal photos, back them up elsewhere (like your personal Dropbox account), and then delete them from your camera roll before using camera uploads with your business account
Note: Users that have connected their personal and business accounts can only have camera uploads enabled for one account at a time (personal or business). As with all Dropbox Business users, when a connected user switches camera uploads to business, every photo in the camera roll is uploaded to the business account.
I’m enrolled in early access. Why aren’t camera uploads working?
Only Dropbox Business team admins can enable and disable camera uploads for their team members.
Once camera uploads are enabled by the admin, each team member (including the team admin) must turn on camera uploads individually.
If you're a Dropbox Business user and the admin has disabled camera uploads for your business account, you can still use camera uploads in a personal account.
Camera uploads are not available to:
I’m using the mobile app. Why don’t I see the Photos tab?
Dropbox Business users need to navigate directly to the Camera Uploads folder in their Dropbox account.