Simplify PC and Mac backup

Automatically sync folders on your computer to the cloud. Back up folders like your Desktop, Documents, and Downloads directly into your Dropbox account and access them from anywhere.

Manage Mac and PC backup—automatically

When you turn on computer backup, files on your PC or Mac are continuously backed up to the cloud. Any changes made in synced folders are automatically updated in your Dropbox account and on your hard drive.

Access your files—whenever, wherever

You can get up-to-date versions of files stored on your PC or Mac from anywhere and from any device—instantly. You can even access multiple PC and Mac backups in one centralized place while you’re on the go.

Never lose another file

With files safely backed up to your Dropbox account, you’re protected from computer loss, theft, and hard drive crashes. Your content is secure in the cloud, no matter what happens to your computer.

Frequently asked questions

How is computer backup different from other Dropbox sync options?

With computer backup, files saved in folders like Desktop, Documents, and Downloads are automatically and continuously synced to the cloud, so you don’t need to manually select and drag files from Finder / File Explorer into your Dropbox account.

How does computer backup work with my existing Dropbox account?

After you set up computer backup, you’ll see a new Mac or PC backup in your Dropbox account.

How do I set up computer backup?

You can set up computer backup through Preferences in the desktop app. For step-by-step instructions, visit the help center.

What happens if I move a file from one folder to another?

When you move, add, or delete files within synced folders, your files stay safe and up to date automatically.

How often will Dropbox backup my Mac or PC folders?

Computer backups run continuously in the background and are synced to the cloud in real time.

What is Dropbox doing to ensure that my files are safe in the cloud?

Dropbox makes cloud data security its top priority—we use multiple layers of protection across a distributed, reliable cloud infrastructure.

Do I need to have Dropbox installed on my computer to use computer backup?

Yes. Download Dropbox to get the most out of your account, including computer backup. Use the desktop app to keep all your content together in one place: files, folders, and now backups of your Mac or PC.