Dropbox for Android - Tips & Tricks

September 2016

Dropbox is a cloud-based file synchronization service that allows users to back up, sync, and share documents and files online. Dropbox can be accessed through a web client, desktop clients (Mac, Linux, and Windows), or dedicated mobile apps (iOS, Android, and Windows Phone).

If you would like to take advantage of this service on your Android tablet or smartphone, you'll need to get the Dropbox app from the PlayStore. Here's our step-by-step tutorial on how to set up Dropbox on Android.


How To Set Up Dropbox on Android

Download Dropbox from the PlayStore

Open the Google PlayStore and make a search for the Dropbox app. Once found, tap on the Install button to download and install the app.

Activate Dropbox on Your Mobile

Launch the Dropbox app and sign in with your Dropbox credentials (email address and password):


Dropbox Business users have the ability to sync two Dropbox accounts on the same device. Go to Apps > Settings > Accounts > Dropbox and tap on +Add Account to add/create another Dropbox account.

Features of the Dropbox App

The app's interface has been optimized for mobile use. Here's a rundown of the main features:


You can use the Search tool (magnifying glass) to locate your files and documents on Dropbox:

The Menu button at the top-right corner gives you access to the navigation drawer and app settings (cog icon):

The blue + button gives you access to the Add to Dropbox menu. Here, you will find the necessary tools to create, upload, and manage your files on Dropbox:

File Syncing with the Dropbox App

File syncing on the Dropbox app is performed on an on-demand basis. Your files will be kept online unless you choose to download them to your mobile device for an offline use.

Save Files for Offline Viewing with the Dropbox App

Open the Dropbox app, select the desired file(s) and tap on the Available Offline button:

Once downloaded, tap on Menu > Offline files to view your files.

Upload Files with the Dropbox App

Uploading files to Dropbox is a breeze. Simply tap on the blue + button > Upload files and browse for the files (photos, videos, documents…) you want to upload:


Enable Camera Upload on Dropbox

The Dropbox app has a built-in feature called Camera Upload to help users backup their photos and videos automatically. If you would like more information regarding Camera Upload, please read our article How To Enable Camera Upload.

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