Dropbox is one of the most common utilities among users of any operating system. Although this is a tool that takes a lot of time between us, it is worth reviewing from time to time how we use it. So here we have compiled 9 Dropbox tips for your iPhone and Mac. So you can get the most out of it on your Apple devices.

Dropbox cheats for your Mac and iPhone

Automatically save your photos to Dropbox when you connect your iPhone

Dropbox is more than just a cloud file sync service. It also facilitates many tasks, such as backing up our photos and videos. If we’ve already contracted space here and don’t want to use iCloud, we can activate the automatic import from our photo library to Dropbox.

When you connect a wired iPhone to Mac for the first time, it will ask us if we want to import our entire photo library. If at the moment we don’t accept it, we can follow these steps to activate it:

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  • Tap the Dropbox icon in the menu bar.
  • Then click on your initials, top right.
  • Select Preferences> Import.
  • Check the box to enable uploading photos, videos, or both.

The next time you connect your iPhone to the Mac, Dropbox will ask you if you want to import your entire library. Accept and the process will be automatic every time you connect the device.

Automatically save your screenshots to Dropbox

Taking screenshots on Mac is a very useful tool. In the same menu where we enabled the automatic import of photos from iPhone to Dropbox, just mark the box just below.

With this option, all the captures you make will be saved in the main folder from Dropbox. Moreover, a link will be automatically copied to the clipboard so that you can paste and share it.

Limit Dropbox’s sync speed on your Mac

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On your Mac, you can choose the upload and download speed for Dropbox files. It is a useful way to check your connection if your network is slower than normal and you don’t want to stop other activities. To do this, follow these instructions:

  • Tap the Dropbox icon in the menu bar.
  • Then click on your initials, top right.
  • Select Preferences> Network.
  • Here you can set upload and download limits for Dropbox.

Turn Dropbox notifications on or off on your Mac and iPhone


Dropbox notifications can be useful when you want to be aware of changes to your shared files. They will also inform you new files are shared or files with you. But if you work with many people who have access to these documents, it can be overwhelming to constantly see the changes.

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For control notifications On iPhone and Mac, do the following:

  • Access system settings or preferences depending on your device.
  • Select Notifications> Dropbox.

Here you can customize all the notifications you receive.

Move the Dropbox folder from your Mac to another location

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By default, the Dropbox folder on your Mac is in the user we’re using. If you wanted move, you need to follow these steps:

  • In the menu bar, click Dropbox> Your user’s initials at the top right.
  • Go to Preferences> Synchronization.
  • Under Dropbox folder location, tap the drop-down list to choose a different location.

After choosing your new “home”, Dropbox will transfer all its content. Wait for the process to complete and it will be ready.

Unlink your old devices from Dropbox

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If you are using the free version of Dropbox, you have a limit of 3 devices at the same time. It’s possible that over time and equipment change, you left an old one still authorized. If it did and you wanted to add a new one, Dropbox would prevent it.

At this point, you can opt for a paid version of Dropbox or unlink old devices. To do this on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Open Dropbox and go to your account.
  • Select Manage devices. Here you will see the limit of your checking account.
  • Select the devices you want to unpair and delete them.

Activate Dropbox in the file locations of your iPhone or iPad


For several versions of iOS, you can use Dropbox embedded in files. It means that you can save files, move them and delete them from the official app, on iPhone and iPad. You just need to have activated a simple parameter:

  • Open the files and view the locations. If this is your first time to activate it, you will see the option to add Dropbox.
  • Otherwise, click the ellipsis at the top right, click edit, and enable Dropbox.

From now on you can use it on your device as a service. Of course, the most advanced functions are not integrated in Files.

Save Dropbox files for offline viewing on your iPhone or iPad

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If you plan to use very large files without access to Wi-Fi or just view them in places with poor data coverage (train or plane), you can save them for offline use. Having your Dropbox files offline is very easy:

  • On your iPhone or iPad, find the file or folder you need.
  • Click on the ellipses and select “Make available offline”.

In the case of recordings, you need a payment account. With a free version, you can only access files offline.

Scan documents with Dropbox from your iPhone or iPad


Another Dropbox tip that goes unnoticed scan documents from iPhone or iPad. While this can be done natively from Notes starting with iOS 11, it doesn’t hurt to have some extra options. For that, proceed as following:

  • Open Dropbox and tap the “+” button at the bottom center.
  • Choose Scan Document.
  • Place the document on a visible surface and frame it with the iPhone.
  • Press the button, go ahead and change the cut points.
  • Give it a name and save it anywhere you want.

With those Dropbox cheats, you can compress this service in the cloud a bit more. Of course, he’s hiding inside a few gems waiting to be mined.

Source: Appleinsider