Online photo storage and backup

Dropbox lets you back up photos and videos to the cloud from iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices, as well as your camera.

Back up photos automatically

Whether they’re memories from family vacations 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, photos from your phone or tablet will be automatically backed up to Dropbox. Or in our desktop app, photos will be copied from cameras, memory cards, or mobile devices whenever you connect them 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.
  • Computer backup: Turn on computer backup to continuously sync photos in key folders on your Mac or PC to your Dropbox account.
  • 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.

Organize 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. Organize 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 and browse all of your photos and videos from the Photos tab in our mobile app or on the web.
  • 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 Illustrator; raw formats like CR2, DCR, and DNG; and even iOS HEIC photos. Best of all, there’s no need for special photo software.
  • Image tagging: Find your photos fast by adding searchable hashtags to individual photos or an entire folder.

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, expiration 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.

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 right 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.

Frequently asked questions

  • Storing your photos in Dropbox is simple and it’s easy to get to your image and video files once they're backed up—across all your devices. You can use a web browser to store, browse, and share from your account. For Windows and Mac sync, install the Dropbox desktop app, and all your photos will appear in folders you can access from Windows File Explorer and macOS Finder. You can also upload and access all your backed up photos to your mobile device using the Dropbox mobile app. Because your photos are stored in the cloud, you can access them from any device using Dropbox, no matter where you are.

  • Learning how to back up photos to Dropbox is easy—and instantaneous. All you have to do is save your photos to Dropbox and they’re immediately backed up to the cloud from your iPhone, Android, Windows, or Mac and accessible across your devices. Get more detailed info on backing up photos to Dropbox here.

  • Dropbox makes it easy—and automatic—to back up your photos on an iPhone or Android device. When you enable camera uploads, your photos will upload to the camera uploads folder in your Dropbox account. Camera uploads also has an optional feature you can set so your photos are backed up the moment you take them from your mobile device to Dropbox. After your photos have been uploaded, you can move them to a different folder in your Dropbox account if you’d like.

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