Changes to the Photos page on the Dropbox website

The Photos page on the Dropbox website (photos.dropbox.com) is changing on June 30, 2017.

After that date, you’ll no longer be able to create or share albums on the web, and the Photos page timeline will be updated to have a new look and feel. All your photos will remain safe in your Dropbox account, and you’ll continue to be able to view all the photos in your Dropbox account on this page.

Keep in mind that the photo albums on photos.dropbox.com are only one of the ways to share and organize your photos through Dropbox. Dropbox continues to support sharing and organizing your photos through folders, shared folders, and shared links. These features aren’t changing, and you’ll still be able to use them to share and organize photos after June 30. We’ve also created an album export tool to help you download your existing albums.

Until June 30, you can continue to view, create, and share albums with others on photos.dropbox.com. After June 30:

  • You’ll no longer be able to view, create, or share albums with others from this page. Instead, you can use folders to organize your photos, and shared folders and shared links to share.
  • The Photos page will be replaced with a new, streamlined photos experience that looks more like our redesigned Dropbox website. You’ll be able to access it by navigating to dropbox.com/photos or clicking on Photos in the left-hand menu of dropbox.com.
  • You can continue to access access all of your photos by navigating to the folder or location in Dropbox where you originally saved them.

We’re continuing to work on new photos and file experiences on dropbox.com. As we learn more about how our users prefer to work with photos, we’ll launch improvements to the Photos page.

Note: The changes to photos.dropbox.com don’t impact camera uploads. You’ll still be able to use camera uploads to automatically upload photos to your Dropbox account.

View existing shared albums

If you’ve shared an existing album, you can view it by navigating to dropbox.com/share/links. You’ll be able to continue to view shared albums on this page after June 30. As a reminder, you’ll only be able to view the albums, and will be unable to modify them.

Use Dropbox folders as an alternative to albums

If you want to keep photos organized in the same way as an existing album, you’ll need to recreate that grouping in a regular Dropbox folder before June 30. Please note that Dropbox won’t be able to automatically convert existing albums into folders.

There are two ways to recreate an album on dropbox.com :

Recreate albums by downloading them using the album exporting tool: :

  1. Navigate to www.dropbox.com/photos/album_download.
  2. Locate the album you’d like to download.
  3. Click Download.

The album will now be saved to your computer. Albums that are larger than 1GB will be split into multiple files of 1GB or less.

You can then re-upload the album to Dropbox as a folder. Keep in mind that this will create duplicate files in your account, which will count towards your storage quota. To avoid duplicate files, you can delete the photos from their original location before you re-upload the album.

To re-upload the album to Dropbox as a folder:

  1. Navigate to dropbox.com.
  2. Click New folder.
  3. Enter a name for your new folder and press Enter.
  4. Upload the downloaded album into this new folder.
  5. To share the photos with others, make the new folder a shared folder or share a link.

Note: If you have the Dropbox application installed on your computer, you can also upload your photos from the application.

Recreate albums by moving photos to folders:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Files.
  3. Click New folder.
  4. Enter a name for your new folder and press Enter.
  5. Navigate to the location where the photos are saved in your Dropbox account. You’ll need to go to the original place where you saved each photo, not the photo album.
  6. To see where a photo in an album is saved, click the checkmark to select the photo within the album, and then choose Show in folder.
  7. Once you’ve identified the photo’s location in your Dropbox account, select the photos you’d like to move by clicking the checkboxes to the left of the file names.
  8. Click Move, and select your new folder from the list of folders that appears.
  9. To share the photos with others, make the new folder a shared folder or share a link.

Use gallery view to browse your photos

Another way to browse your photos is through gallery view. Gallery view, which is part of our updated web design, allows you to see large thumbnail previews of photos and other file types.

You can easily view your photos (.PNG, .JPEG, and RAW file types), as well as videos, PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and Adobe creative files. View the full list of supported file types on dropbox.com.

To use gallery view on dropbox.com, click the grid icon at the top right of your screen.

Frequently asked questions

Can I still share a collection of photos?

Yes. Use a shared link to give one or more people access to a folder containing a collection of photos.

Group the photos you’d like to share into a folder, and then use a shared links to give others access to them.

Will I still be able to share photos directly from my Dropbox account to Facebook or Twitter?

After June 30, you’ll no longer be able to share photos directly from your Dropbox account to social media. You can use shared links to share files or folders on social media.

Will I still be able to scroll through my photos quickly, like I used to?

The new Photos page will sort photos chronologically and allow you to scroll through your photos. The speed scroller – the timeline on the right-hand side of the page that allows you to quickly view photos from a specific date – will no longer be available after June 30.

How will removing photos from my albums affect my storage quota?

Keep in mind that today when you add a photo to an album, the photo is still saved somewhere else in your Dropbox account. If you remove a photo from an album without deleting it from the place where it’s saved, it won’t affect your storage quota. To see where a photo in an album is saved, click on the checkmark to select the photo, and then choose Show in folder.

If you’re recreating an album by downloading it and then re-uploading it into a folder, avoid duplicating the photos by deleting the photos from their original location before re-uploading.

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