Secure and simple cloud file backup

Rest easy—we have your back

Back up any file—anywhere, anytime

Whether you’re trying to back up an image collection, a large video, or a CAD file, you can store it safely in your Dropbox account. With access to your Dropbox files from any device, operating system, or platform, you can work and collaborate on projects with ease. 

No internet connection? No problem. With Dropbox, you can work on files while offline, from your desktop computer, Android, iPhone, or iPad. Once you get back online, your files and folders will automatically sync with any edits you made when you weren’t connected.

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Get extra assurance

Losing precious family photos or unintentionally deleting work files—like when your phone goes missing—can be stressful. Accidents happen, but Dropbox helps make recovering your lost files easier. When you move or delete a file in your Dropbox folder or on the web, we’ll confirm it’s the action you want to take. This ensures fewer files are lost accidentally. Rest easy knowing that all of your files are safe in cloud storage and backed up multiple times.

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Recover your files

If your files are accidentally deleted, lost, or updated too early, there’s no need to worry. With file recovery and version history, you can restore your deleted files or past work without missing a beat.

By default, Dropbox backs up all of your files, including early versions of files, for a full 30 days—or 120 days for Dropbox Business users.  

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What is a file backup?

File backup is a duplicate copy of your data that can be used to recover your files or even an entire hard drive after a data loss event. A cloud backup is the same as your file backup, only stored online in a network of offsite servers operated by a cloud storage provider. 

Why is it important to back up files online or in the cloud?

Simply put, it’s important to back up files online because you have files that are too valuable to lose. Data is irreplaceable—whether it’s sensitive documents, work, or family photos and videos. It’s important to have an online backup so there’s always a duplicate copy of these irreplaceable files. Then, after an accident happens, you can easily restore your files without any data loss. 

How do I back up my computer to the cloud?

With Dropbox, it’s easy to back up your computer to the cloud. Once you’ve downloaded the Dropbox app on your computer, simply drag and drop the files you’d like to back up into the Dropbox folder on your desktop. You can also back up your computer on dropbox.com by uploading the files or folders you’d like to save to the cloud.

Can I back up my phone to the cloud?

It’s simple to back up files from your phone to the cloud using the Dropbox mobile app. Once you’ve downloaded the Dropbox mobile app to your phone or tablet, you can create or upload files you’d like to back up directly to Dropbox. Plus, any uploaded files sync with Dropbox on your computer and other connected devices.

How can I use Dropbox to back up photos to the cloud?

Dropbox can automatically upload and backup your photos to the cloud by copying them from your mobile device or camera to your Dropbox folder. With the camera uploads feature enabled, any photo or video you’ve taken with your mobile device will be backed up to your Dropbox account (Dropbox Basic users must have the desktop app installed). You can also back up your existing photos to the cloud by uploading them to your Dropbox account.