Camera uploads can automatically add photos and videos from your camera, phone, or tablet to Dropbox. Your photos and videos are then available and viewable from anywhere in your Dropbox account.
You can use camera uploads in two ways:
- Wirelessly from your phone or tablet, using the iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile app
- Plugging your camera, phone, or tablet to your computer and using the Dropbox desktop app for Mac or Windows
Your photos and videos upload into a folder called Camera Uploads in your Dropbox account.
Camera uploads is available to:
Note: If you’re a Dropbox Business customer, learn how to upload photos into your account.
To use camera uploads, you must:
- Use a supported device
- Be on the latest version of the Dropbox desktop or mobile app
- Have sufficient battery life available on your phone. Camera uploads pauses when battery life is low
Note: Camera uploads isn't available when you're using data roaming abroad.
Select your system for instructions:
Uploading photos from multiple devices
Camera uploads only uploads each photo and video into your Camera Uploads folder once. If you disable and then reenable camera uploads, or if you have camera uploads enabled on both your phone and computer, your photos and videos are each only uploaded once.
View your photos in the Dropbox app
You can view all photos in Dropbox by selecting the Photos tab (the photo icon) at the bottom of your phone screen.
Background uploading allows camera uploads to finish adding photos to your Dropbox, even if you don't open the Dropbox app. By default, the Dropbox app doesn’t upload files when the app is closed. If you turn on background uploading, Dropbox resumes uploading photos and videos when the app detects a significant change in your device’s location.
Note: Background uploading helps camera uploads work more efficiently; it doesn’t collect your location information in any way.
If you're a Dropbox Business user, you can use camera uploads by connecting a personal account to your work account. To add photos and videos from your phone to your work account, you can select individual files and add them manually.
Camera uploads was turned off for Dropbox Business accounts on April 9, 2014. These changes were made to help you avoid mixing personal and work files.
If you used Dropbox Business before April 9, 2014, or if your work account used to be a personal account, you may have a Camera Uploads folder. However, the camera uploads feature won’t work with your work account.
Learn more about storing photos in a Dropbox Business account.