Transfer your photos with Dropbox When you transfer photos using Dropbox, all your pictures, videos, and files are always saved in dropbox.com. So, even if you delete the original copies from your camera roll, full resolution backup photos are preserved online.
- Camera uploads is an optional feature that automatically uploads photos from your mobile device to Dropbox. Once you enable camera uploads, your photos will upload to the Camera Uploads folder in your Dropbox account. After they’ve uploaded, you can move them to a different folder in your Dropbox account if you’d like.
- Go to & sign in to your account. Select the photos which you want to download. Click 'Download' button located at the top of the window. Your browser prompts you to save.zip file, then click 'Save' and specify a location to download.
- Open your Dropbox desktop app preferences. Click the Backups tab. Click Manage backup. Uncheck the folders you’d like to stop backing up to Dropbox or uncheck My Mac/My PC to turn off backup for all folders at once.
- The PicBackMan Way: Connect your Dropbox account from ACCOUNTS tab. On ‘Photos’ tab click ‘Associate Photo Folder’ button, you see on the page’. Browse and select folder that you wish to upload to Dropbox.
Computer backup lets you back up certain key folders on your computer, such as “Desktop”, “Documents”, and “Downloads”, to Dropbox.
After backup, those folders, and the files within them, are still accessible from the same place on your computer, while also backed up to Dropbox. Any changes or deletions you make to those folders from your computer, or in Dropbox, will be reflected in both places. You can access those folders, which are backed up under “My Mac [Your device name]” or “My PC [Your device name]”, from anywhere you use Dropbox, such as dropbox.com, the Dropbox mobile app, and the Dropbox desktop app on other computers. For Dropbox Business team members using the team folder structure with the purple member folder, their folders will be backed up in that purple folder.
Like any files stored in Dropbox, you can view version history on these files and restore previous versions.
How to set up computer backup
Before setting up computer backup, do the following:
- Close all open files and applications on your computer.
- Install the Dropbox desktop application, if you haven’t already.
- If you’ve paused syncing, resume it.
- Connect to internet.
- If any of the folders are already backed up to another cloud storage provider (like iCloud, OneDrive, or Google Backup and Sync), disable those backups and ensure your files are back in their original folders on your computer. (If you’re not sure how, consult that company’s help center).
To set up computer backup:
- Open your Dropbox desktop app preferences.
- Click the Backups tab.
- Click Set up.
- Note: If you’re on a Dropbox Business team and you don’t see this option, your admin may have chosen not to allow you to enable it.
- Check the folders you’d like to back up.
- If your work and personal accounts are connected, choose which Dropbox account you’d like to back up your folders to.
- Click Set up and follow the steps.
- Mac users: Click OK when prompted to give Dropbox permission to access your folders.
If any files fail to back up, a shortcut will be created in Dropbox called “Files on my computer” that will take you to their location on your computer.
Troubleshoot computer backup
If you experience errors during setup
If you get an error while setting up computer backup, try the following troubleshooting steps before attempting setup again:
- Close any files or applications that use data in the folders you’d like to back up.
- Disable any other cloud-storage-provider folders (like iCloud, OneDrive, or Google Backup and Sync) from the folders you’d like to back up and ensure your files are back in their original folders on your computer.
- Allow edit permissions on all files and folders you’d like to back up.
- Learn how to allow permission on Windows.
- Learn how to allow permissions on Mac.
- If you’re using a Mac, make sure you allow access to files and folders in your security and privacy settings.
- Note: You must have admin permissions on your computer to change permissions.
- If the folders you’d like to back up aren’t in their original, default locations, move them back.
- If the Dropbox folder and the folders you’d like to back up aren’t on the same hard drive, move them to the same hard drive. For example, if your folders are on an external hard drive, and the Dropbox folder is on your computer’s hard drive, move them to the same hard drive.
If you don’t see your files after turning on computer backup
Any files that failed to backup to Dropbox will be in a folder called “Files on my computer” instead.
Mac users: If you don’t see your files in Finder after backup, force quit Finder and relaunch it.
If you have issues with an application after turning on computer backup
Restart the application. In particular, we recommend restarting:
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Money
- Microsoft Outlook
- If you’re on Windows and using Microsoft Edge, your Microsoft Edge downloads won’t sync to your “Downloads” folder in Dropbox with this feature. To sync your Microsoft Edge downloads to Dropbox anyway, manually change where your Microsoft Edge files download to Dropbox.
If your files aren’t syncing as expected
Make sure the Dropbox desktop application is installed on your computer.
Learn how to check syncing status, prioritize which files sync first, or prevent some files from syncing.
If you can’t move, delete, rename, or share your folders after backup
After backup, you can’t move, delete, or rename the top-level folders you’ve backed up (like “Desktop”, “Documents”, and “Downloads”, or “My Mac” and “My PC”). However, you can move, delete, and rename the files within them. You won’t be able to share those folders in Dropbox by inviting people to them via email, but you can still share those folders with a link and share any files or folders within them.
Turn off computer backup
- You must have the Dropbox desktop application installed to turn off computer backup. If you already uninstalled the desktop application, reinstall the desktop application to turn off computer backup.
- Deleting the files or folders in “My PC”or “My Mac” will delete those files from both Dropbox and your computer.
- If you no longer have access to the device, you can turn off computer backup by unlinking the device from your Dropbox account.
To turn off computer backup:
- Open your Dropbox desktop app preferences.
- Click the Backups tab.
- Click Manage backup.
- Uncheck the folders you’d like to stop backing up to Dropbox or uncheck My Mac/My PC to turn off backup for all folders at once.
- Click Save.
- Choose Keep content in folders on this PC/Mac or Leave content in Dropbox.
- If you choose Keep content in folders on this PC/Mac, the files and folders you stopped backing up can be found in their original folders on your computer.
- If you choose Leave content in Dropbox, new files you add to those folders will save to their original folders on your computer, but the files and folders you previously backed up to Dropbox with computer backup will remain in your Dropbox account. On your computer, they’ll be accessible by shortcuts, in their original folders, called “My files in Dropbox”.
- Note: If you see Set Up instead, it means computer backup is already off.
- Click Stop backup.
- Click Close.
Admins: Choose if your team can use computer backup
Admins can choose whether or not team members can enable computer backup.
If an admin chooses not to allow team members to enable computer backup, team members won’t see the option to enable it in their account. Computer backup won’t be disabled for team members who are already using it and it isn’t disabled for team members who already enabled it on their accounts before they joined the team. To check which team members have already enabled it, admins can search the admin insights dashboard for “Enabled/disabled backup for computer”.
To choose if your team can use computer backup:
- Sign in to dropbox.com with your admin credentials.
- Click Admin Console.
- Click Settings.
- Click Backups.
- Under Allow your team to enable computer backup, toggle to On or Off.
- Note: It may take up to an hour for the change to take effect.
Kodak Gallery, Snapfish, Shutterfly, Dropbox, and Google Photos are some of the most popular online photo sharing and storage services. But how do you make a backup of these photos?
To backup your pictures saved from these sites, you will need to download the pictures from your account to your computer. Below are the steps on how to download from each site:
- Select the albums you want to download from MY PHOTOS or select the individual photos from an open album.
- Click the Options menu on the right, and click Download
- Depending on your browser you will likely be asked what you want to do with the file(s) to be downloaded.
- This query is usually whether you want to Save or Open your zipped file, or you may be asked if you want to download more than one file, if you’ve selected more than 50 photos.
- Most browsers download your file(s) to your Download folder by default. If you choose to
- Open the zipped file(s), you can Extract them directly to a folder on your computer.
- If you choose to Save the zipped file(s), first navigate to your Download folder and then double-click a file to open it. Then extract the photos to the folder you want.
The zipped file or files will show in your computer with names starting with “MyPhotos”. Photos within each zipped file are in JPG format.
- View a picture on a Shutterfly Share Site
- Click the thumbnail to view the full-size image.
- Mouse over the full-size image to see a drop-down menu
- Click the “Download picture” option in the drop-down menu.
- You will be prompted to sign in to your Shutterfly account if you are not already. A 1600×1200 copy of the picture will be downloaded to your computer.
If you do not see the option to download from a Share Site, the owner has disabled this feature.
- Go to https://photos.google.com/ and select the photos you wish to download by clicking on the top left corner of the image.
- You can choose many or just one.
- When you have all the photos you need, go to the top right and click on the arrow next to the bin. That downloads the photos to your computer.
- Sign in to dropbox.com.
- Find the folder you want to download.
- Click the … (ellipsis) icon to the right of the folder’s name.
- Click Download.
- Your browser will then download the folder as a single compressed file (known as a “ZIP” file).
- Once it’s downloaded, open and decompress the ZIP file to access the contents of your folder.
You’ll find the file wherever your browser normally downloads files, as set in your browser preferences. Typically, this will be your Downloads folder or your Desktop.
The ZIP file will have the same name as the original folder, but will end in .zip If the folder is in your account, you can also use the Dropbox desktop app to automatically download the entire folder to your computer
Once the photos are downloaded to your computer, you can now use the Picture Keeper to backup your photos. To get started, click here
Picture Keeper products can also backup photos from your email, Facebook account, and iCloud. Learn more about backing up from online storage services.
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