Online photo storage and backup

Dropbox lets you back up photos to the cloud from iPhone, Android, Windows, Mac and your camera.

image storage and backup

Back up photos automatically

Whether they’re memories from family holidays or digital assets for work projects, your photos are some of the most important files you have. Keeping full resolution copies backed up with online photo storage can give you peace of mind. Here are just a few ways Dropbox can keep your photos safe:

  • Camera uploads: With this feature, your phone or tablet will automatically add your camera roll’s photos to Dropbox. Or in our desktop app, photos will be copied from cameras, memory cards or mobile devices whenever you connect one to your computer.
  • Screenshot backups: You can set up our desktop app to automatically move screenshot images to your Dropbox, or have mobile device screenshots backed up using camera uploads.
  • Document scanning: The Dropbox mobile app lets you use your phone’s camera to scan and make digital backups of receipts, whiteboards and paper documents.
Photos backed up to cloud storage on a mobile device

Organise and browse photos

Unlike many cloud photo storage services, Dropbox makes it easy to get to your image and video files once they’re backed up.  

  • Windows and Mac sync: Install our desktop app, and all your photos will appear in folders you can access from Windows File Explorer and macOS Finder. Organise them into subfolders or make adjustments in image editing software, just like any other file. Any changes you make will update on other devices connected to your account.
  • Photo browsing: View all of your images from the Photos tab in our mobile app, or browse thumbnails for any folder through or the mobile app.
  • Image previews: View over 35 image file types from or our mobile app. You can preview common files like JPEG, PNG, TIFF and GIF; app-specific types like Photoshop and Illlustrator; raw formats like CR2, DCR and DNG; and even iOS HEIC photos. Best of all, there’s no need for special photo software.
User selecting a shared folder called marketing

Share and distribute photos

Sending pics of the kids to the grandparents? Transferring image assets to vendors or customers? Dropbox makes it easy and secure.

  • Shared links: You can easily create a link to share any file or folder in your Dropbox. Copy and paste your link into an email, text message or chat to share with anyone – even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.
  • Access control: Keep your photos in the right hands by adding password protection, expiry dates and sign-in requirements to your shared links.
  • Shared folders: Want to collect your photos and someone else’s in the same place? Share files back and forth by inviting other people to sync a folder between your account and theirs.
User creating a link to a file to share online

Get space to store photos

No matter how many images you need to keep safe in the cloud, Dropbox can help you store them all.

  • Storage options: Start with 2 GB of free storage. When you need more, paid plans offer 2 or 3 TB for your photos, videos and other files, or subscriptions for teams start with 5 TB or more.
  • Smart Sync: Save space on your hard drive by marking photo and video files and folders you don’t need straight away as online-only. They’ll still show up in Windows File Explorer and macOS Finder, but will only take up a small amount of space until you need them.
User selecting to keep files and folders in the cloud to save disc space