1. Sharing files and folders
  2. Payments and billing
  3. Security and privacy
  4. Dropbox Business
  5. Syncing and uploads
  6. Sign-in help
  7. Desktop app and dropbox.com
  8. Manage account
  9. Space and storage
  10. Photos and videos
  11. Mobile
  12. Dropbox Paper

Do I need a Dropbox account to join a shared folder?

Yes. If you've received an invitation to a shared folder, you need to have a Dropbox account to join it. This is because files in a shared folder are synced between members.

This is different than read-only shared links to a file or folder. With read-only shared links (which aren't synced between members), recipients can view and download folders and files as local versions on their computer.

If you don't have a Dropbox account, or don’t have a Dropbox account registered to the email address where you received the invitation, you'll need to either:

  • Create an account, or
  • Ask the owner of the folder to send a new invitation to the email address for your existing Dropbox account