How do I back up data to Dropbox from my Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet?

Last Update date : Nov 23. 2020

Dropbox is a cloud-based storage app that allows you to back up data such as photos or files from your mobile device.


A Dropbox basic account is free and includes 2GB of space. If you need more storage space, Dropbox has an option to upgrade to a paid account. You can find out more about Dropbox costs here.


The Dropbox app includes a feature whereby you can set it to automatically back up photos or videos as they are taken, but requires other file types to be manually uploaded.


Click here if you are looking for information on how to back up other data such as contacts, phone records using your Samsung or Google account.


The below steps will show you how to install the Dropbox app onto your device, set it so that photos and videos are automatically uploaded, and how to manually back up other files to Dropbox.


Downloading the Dropbox app to your device

Setting Dropbox to automatically back up photos and videos

Uploading other files to Dropbox


Downloading the Dropbox app to your device


1. Tap Apps




2. Tap Play Store


Play Store icon 


3. Tap the search box and enter 'Dropbox'. Tap Dropbox


Search for Dropbox 


4. Tap Install, then Accept when prompted


Install Dropbox 



5. When Dropbox is installed, you can open it from the Play Store or find it within your apps.


Open Dropbox 



6. Either log in with your existing Dropbox account when prompted, or tap sign up to set up a new free account and then follow the instructions onscreen.


Sign into dropbox 




Setting Dropbox to automatically back up photos and videos


1. Tap Apps




2. Tap Dropbox


Open from apps 


3. Tap the Menu icon in the top left corner




4. Tap Settings


Dropbox settings 


5. Scroll down the Settings menu and tap on Turn on Camera Upload


Camera Upload 


6. This will now bring up options to decide what type of content you want uploaded, and when to upload it.


This will now upload photos to Dropbox when they are taken, assuming the conditions are met (e.g. in the illustration below, these will be uploaded when there is a Wi-Fi connection and the device has more than 30% battery).

Upload options 


Uploading files to Dropbox  


These steps will differ slightly depending on the model and operating system of your device. Where there is a difference, or the screen is substantially different, different illustrative images will be shown alongside.


1. Tap Apps




2. Tap My Files


Select My Files 


3. Choose which type of file you wish to upload.


For this example, we will upload documents, but you can also upload Images, Audio, or Video files, or choose from your Recent files.


If you wish to backup apps, contacts, or device settings, you can do this through your Samsung or Google accounts. Click here to find out more about backing up this type of data.


Please note that your screen may look slightly different from the below examples depending on your operating system and device, but the steps should be the same.


My Files 


4.  Select the documents or data you wish to upload to Dropbox by ticking the box next to the document.


If your device is running KitKat or higher, you may need to select the Menu/ three dots in the top right corner, then Select first.


 Choose files JB 


Choose docs Lp 

5. Tap the share icon


(Note that this icon may not appear when there are no files selected)


Tap Share 


6. Select Add to Dropbox


Add to Dropbox 


7. You can now choose which folder within Dropbox to upload your data. It will default to the last folder you used. Once you are happy with the destination folder, tap Add


Add to folder in dropbox 


 8. Your data will now be uploaded to Dropbox.


 Upload complete  


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