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Changes to camera uploads

Camera uploads is a feature on the Dropbox mobile application that automatically backs up photos and videos from your phone or tablet.

On July 22, 2016, we're changing the way camera uploads works in Dropbox Basic accounts. As of this date, Dropbox Basic users will need to have the Dropbox desktop application installed to continue using camera uploads.

If you're a Basic user without a computer connected to your Dropbox account, you can enable camera uploads by doing one of two things:

  • Connect a computer: Download the Dropbox desktop app to better manage your camera uploads. Easily access, organize, or remove photos you don't want in your Dropbox Basic account.
  • Upgrade to Dropbox Pro: Keep all your photos in one place with 1 TB (1,000 GB) of space, plus get more sharing controls and other great features.

If you prefer not to connect a computer or upgrade to Dropbox Pro, you can still back up specific photos and videos by manually uploading them to Dropbox.

Frequently asked questions about these changes to camera uploads

What happens if I don't connect a computer or upgrade to Pro before July 22, 2016?

Beginning July 22, 2016 camera uploads will turn off, and no new photos or videos will be automatically added to your account. You can re-enable camera uploads at any time by connecting a computer to your Dropbox account, or by upgrading to Dropbox Pro.

What happens to my existing camera uploads?

The photos you've already added with camera uploads will remain in your Dropbox. They can be found in the Camera Uploads folder.

Why is camera uploads changing?

When you automatically upload all your photos to Dropbox, your Basic account can quickly run out of space. By connecting a computer to your account, you can easily transfer photos and organize them on a computer so you don't run out of space in your Dropbox.

What if I decide to download the desktop app or upgrade to Pro after July 22, 2016?

You can enable camera uploads at any time via the settings menu on the Dropbox mobile app. Camera uploads will then back up any photos and videos currently on your mobile device.

What if I don't have a computer or don't want to upgrade to Pro?

If you can't connect a computer to your Dropbox Basic account, you can manually add photos to Dropbox with your phone or tablet. This lets you choose exactly which photos you want to save to Dropbox, and which folder they get saved to.

If I download the Dropbox desktop app will files on my computer automatically be added to Dropbox?

No. Files stored on your desktop computer won't automatically sync to Dropbox unless you add them to your Dropbox folder.