Camera uploads can automatically add photos and videos from your camera, phone, or tablet to Dropbox. Any time new files are uploaded to your Camera Roll or Gallery, they'll be added to your account.
Your photos and videos are then accessible from wherever you log in to Dropbox.
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.
If you’re experiencing any issues or error messages with camera uploads, visit the camera uploads issues article.
Who can use camera uploads?
Camera uploads are available to all users (Basic, Plus, Professional, and Business), with the following exceptions:
What are the requirements for camera uploads?
To use camera uploads, you must use the following software and devices:
Camera uploads won’t work if:
- Your device battery is low
- Your mobile device is roaming
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 mobile app
Basic, Plus, and Professional users can view all photos in Dropbox by selecting the Photos tab (the photo icon) at the bottom of any page in the Dropbox mobile app.
Dropbox Business users should navigate directly to the Camera Uploads folder in their Dropbox account to view photos in the app.
Dropbox Business users should navigate directly to the Camera Uploads folder in their Dropbox account to view photos in the app
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.
Dropbox Business: How to avoid adding personal photos to your work account
When you enable camera uploads for your Dropbox Business account, every photo in your camera roll (or the default place where your photos are kept in your phone) will be automatically uploaded to the Camera Uploads folder in your business account. If your camera roll contains personal photos, then those will also be uploaded to your business account.
To avoid adding your personal photos to your Dropbox Business account, we recommend the following:
- Make sure there are no personal photos in your camera roll before turning on camera uploads for your business account
- If there are personal photos, back them up elsewhere (like your personal Dropbox account), and then delete them from your camera roll before using camera uploads with your business account
Note: Users that have connected their personal and business accounts can only have camera uploads enabled for one account at a time (personal or business). As with all Dropbox Business users, when a user with connected personal and business accounts switches their camera uploads to their business account, every photo in the camera roll is uploaded to the business account.
Dropbox Business team members: Turn on camera uploads
Camera uploads are on (by default) for your entire team, unless your team admin has turned them off. Each team member has the option to turn them on (or off) for their own account, individually.
Learn how to turn camera uploads on for your account.
Dropbox Business admins: Turn on/off camera uploads for your team
Camera uploads are on by default, but if you’re a team admin, you can switch them on or off at any time for your entire team.
To turn camera uploads on or off for your entire team:
- Sign in to your Dropbox Business team admin account on dropbox.com.
- Click Admin Console in the left sidebar.
- Click Settings.
- Click Camera uploads.
- Toggle camera uploads to On or Off.
- Click Save.
Note: Each team member has the option to turn camera uploads on (or off) for their own account, individually.
Users that have connected their personal and business accounts can only have camera uploads enabled for one account at a time (personal or business). If you're a Dropbox Business user and the admin has disabled camera uploads for your business account, you can still use camera uploads in a personal account.