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Move files between a personal and Dropbox Business account

If you're a Dropbox Business user, or a member of a free team, you can have both a personal and work Dropbox account.

To move files between the two accounts:

  1. Connect your accounts.
  2. Sign in to both accounts on your computer.
  3. Drag items from one Dropbox folder to the other as you would with any other file or folder.

Dropbox Business admins

Some of your team members may need to transfer work folders from an existing personal account to their new business account.

You may have enabled the global sharing permission that prevents team members from joining externally owned shared folders. If so, there’s an exception that allows your team members to transfer shared folders from a personal account to a work account. The team member must be the owner of a shared folder to take advantage of this exception.

Note: This exception does not apply to transferring shared folders from a work account to a personal account.

Move files from personal to work

Moving a shared folder

Whenever possible, we'll preserve your membership in a shared folder if you move it from one Dropbox to the other. You’ll receive a notification that you’ve left the shared folder in your first Dropbox and joined the shared folder in your second Dropbox. If you're the owner of the folder, ownership will be transferred to your second Dropbox account.

However, please note that if your admin or the owner of the folder has set sharing restrictions, moving it to your other Dropbox will cause you to leave the folder entirely and end up with a non-shared copy that doesn't sync with other members' changes. This can happen, for example, if your admin's sharing permissions don't allow folders to be shared outside the team, and you move a shared folder from your work Dropbox to your personal Dropbox. For this reason, you should always check with both your admin and the folder owner to see if they've set any restrictions before moving a shared folder to your other Dropbox.

If you're the owner of a shared folder in your work Dropbox, and you want to move it to your personal Dropbox, take a look at the folder's settings:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Sharing.
  3. Under Folders in your Dropbox, click Share beside the shared folder.
  4. Click Folder settings.
  5. Look at the setting for Who can be invited?

    • If it shows Anyone, you can move the shared folder to your personal Dropbox without a problem.
    • If the setting shows Only members of the team, moving the folder to your personal Dropbox will break your membership in the folder, and you'll have only a non-shared copy of it in your personal Dropbox.

If there are no sharing restrictions, moving a shared folder from one Dropbox to another will be recorded as an event in your admin's sharing activity log.

Copying a shared folder

Copying a shared folder from one Dropbox to another will have no effect on your membership in the folder. For example, if you copy a shared folder from your work Dropbox to your personal Dropbox, your work account will still be a member of the shared folder, and a non-shared copy of the folder will be in your personal Dropbox.

Move files from personal to work

Moving a shared folder

Whenever possible, we'll preserve your membership in a shared folder if you move it from one Dropbox to the other. You’ll receive a notification that you’ve left the shared folder in your first Dropbox and joined the shared folder in your second Dropbox. If you're the owner of the folder, ownership will be transferred to your second Dropbox account.

However, please note that if your admin or the owner of the folder has set sharing restrictions, moving it to your other Dropbox will cause you to leave the folder entirely and end up with a non-shared copy that doesn't sync with other members' changes. This can happen, for example, if your admin's sharing permissions don't allow folders to be shared outside the team, and you move a shared folder from your work Dropbox to your personal Dropbox. For this reason, you should always check with both your admin and the folder owner to see if they've set any restrictions before moving a shared folder to your other Dropbox.

If you're the owner of a shared folder in your work Dropbox, and you want to move it to your personal Dropbox, take a look at the folder's settings:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Sharing.
  3. Under Folders in your Dropbox, click Share beside the shared folder.
  4. Click Folder settings.
  5. Look at the setting for Who can be invited? If it shows Anyone, you can move the shared folder to your personal Dropbox without a problem. If the setting shows Only members of the team, moving the folder to your personal Dropbox will break your membership in the folder, and you'll have only a non-shared copy of it in your personal Dropbox.

If there are no sharing restrictions, moving a shared folder from one Dropbox to another will be recorded as an event in your admin's sharing activity log.

Copying a shared folder

Copying a shared folder from one Dropbox to another will have no effect on your membership in the folder. For example, if you copy a shared folder from your work Dropbox to your personal Dropbox, your work account will still be a member of the shared folder, and a non-shared copy of the folder will be in your personal Dropbox.