How to upload files to others’ Dropbox account

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How can I upload files to others' Dropbox account

Dropbox is a popular file-sharing and collaborative platform that offers many file sharing features. The Shared Folder feature in Dropbox allows the users to share any folder with other Dropbox and non-dropbox users to upload and view files.

Now if you want to upload a file to the Dropbox account of another user, you must ask them to share the folder with your or ask for a file request.

In this article, we show you how to upload files to others’ Dropbox account by creating a shared folder or a request file link.


How do I upload files to other’s Dropbox account?

1. Use Dropbox file request

Note: File request must be sent by the user to whose Dropbox account you are trying to upload the file.

upload files to others Dropbox account

  1. Sign in to your Dropbox account online.
  2. Click the Files tab from the left pane.
  3. Next, open File Requests.
  4. Click the Create a file!!How to upload files to others Dropbox account request button.
  5. Under, What are you requesting?, enter a name for the folder that will store all collected files.
  6. You can also change the file storage path clicking on Change folder under ‘Where should these files go in your Dropbox? option.
  7. Click Next.
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  8. Click on Copy link to copy the file request link.
    • Send the link to anyone you want to request a file from.
  9. They can open the link and add as many files they want without creating a Dropbox account.
  10. The invitation can also be sent via email.
  11. Click Done.

Users can send files via the Dropbox file request link even if they don’t have a Dropbox account. This removes the hassle of creating a new Dropbox account simply to send a file.

Close a file request

Dropbox file request

  1. Make sure you are signed in to your Dropbox.com account.
  2. Go to Files > Files Request.
  3. Click the three dots (ellipsis) icon.
  4. Select Edit.
  5. Click on the Close request button.
  6. This will close the selected file request. You can view all the closed file requests from the Closed tab.

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2. Use Dropbox Shared Folder

Note: To upload a file to a Dropbox shared folder, you must have a Dropbox account. Additionally, the user must give you access to the shared folder.

Dropbox upload files to shared folder

  1. Sign in to your dropbox.com account.
  2. Click Files from the left panel.
  3. Click on Create Shared Folder.
    • If you already have a folder to share, then click the Ellipsis button and select Share.
  4. Select I’d like to create and share a new folder.
    • You can also select I’d like to share an existing folder if you want to share an existing folder.
  5. Enter a name for your folder.
  6. Enter the email of the invitee.
  7. Click the Share button.
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  8. The user will receive an invite to access the Shared folder.

Add a shared folder to your account

  1. Sign in to your dropbox.com account.
  2. Click on Files.
  3. Click Sharing.
  4. Find the Shared folder that you want to access.
  5. Click the ellipsis icon (three dots) and select Add.
  6. You can now upload the files to the shared folder.

Dropbox makes it easy to share folder and files with other Dropbox and non-Dropbox users.

While the file request feature allows the users to upload files without needing a Dropbox account, the shared folder feature requires the user to have a Dropbox account to upload and view shared folder files.


FAQs: Learn more about Dropbox file sharing

  • Can non-Dropbox users upload files?

Yes, any user can upload files to other’s Dropbox account provided that they have the file request link sent to them by the Dropbox account user. This flexibility is what makes Dropbox one of the best cloud storage services available.

  • How does Dropbox file sharing work?

Simply go to the Dropbox website, navigate to the file that you wish to share, and select Share. Then simply enter the email addresses of the people you want to invite, and click Send.

  • Can I share Dropbox files with anyone?

Yes, you can get a shareable link that can also be used by non-Dropbox users as well. This makes file transfer between different cloud storage services just as easy,