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Gmail + Dropbox

There are two ways you can connect your Dropbox and Gmail accounts: the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension or the Dropbox for Gmail Add-on

Both the Chrome extension and the Gmail Add-on let you save file attachments and Dropbox links from Gmail directly into your Dropbox account. However, the Chrome extension only works on the Chrome web browser, whereas the Dropbox for Gmail Add-on works on any browser or platform, including the Gmail Android mobile app.

The Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension has additional functionality that allows you to choose files directly from your Dropbox account to attach to an email. Because you’re sharing a file using a Dropbox shared link, sharing files this way doesn’t take up space in your inbox.

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Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension

With the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension, you can share your Dropbox files directly through your Gmail account. You can also save attachments from Gmail directly to your Dropbox. 

The extension is free and available through the Google Chrome Web Store. The extension only works in the Google Chrome web browser.

How to install the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension

To enable the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension:

  1. Visit the Chrome Web Store. 
  2. Click Add to Chrome

If you previously installed the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension, make sure it's turned on. For more information on managing extensions visit Chrome Web Store Help.

How to share files using the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome Extension

To share a Dropbox file directly via Gmail:

  1. From your Gmail account, click Compose.
  2. Click the Dropbox icon at the bottom of the Compose window.
  3. Select the file you'd like to share from your Dropbox in the pop-up window.
  4. Click Insert link.
  5. You'll then see an attachment link in the body of your email.
    • Note: The file will look like an attachment, but it's in fact a shared link. This saves space in your inbox, and ensures others will always see the latest version of a file.

How to save files using the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension

To save a Gmail attachment directly to your Dropbox account using the Chrome extension:

  1. Open an email with file(s) attached in your Gmail account.
  2. Hover over the preview of the attachment at the bottom of the email.
  3. Click the Dropbox icon.
  4. Select the folder where you’d like to save the file.
  5. Click Save.

File limitations for Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension

While there is no file size limit for files shared using the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome extension, Dropbox does have some bandwidth limitations which are based on your account type.

Since the integration creates a shared link rather than attaching the file itself, there are no file-type limitations.

Dropbox for Gmail Add-on

The Dropbox for Gmail Add-on lets you save file attachments and Dropbox links from Gmail directly into your Dropbox account. The Dropbox for Gmail Add-on works on any browser or platform, including the Gmail Android mobile app.

Admins can enable the Dropbox for Gmail Add-on for their entire team from within the Google Admin console.

How to install the Dropbox for Gmail Add-on

To enable the Dropbox for Gmail Add-on:

  1. From your Gmail account, click the white plus sign (+) icon on the righthand sidebar. When you hover over the plus sign, you’ll see “Get Add-ons.”
  2. Search for Dropbox for Gmail. Select it.
  3. Click Install.
  4. Follow the prompts. You may need to log in to your Dropbox account if you aren’t already logged in.

The Add-on will appear in your Gmail account on the righthand sidebar, above the white plus sign (+) icon.

How to save files using the Dropbox for Gmail Add-on

To save a Gmail attachment directly to your Dropbox account using the Gmail Add-on:

  1. Open an email with file(s) attached in your Gmail account.
  2. Click the Dropbox icon in the righthand sidebar.
  3. Select which file(s) you’d like to save to Dropbox. 
  4. Select where you’d like to save those file(s). 
  5. Click Save.

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