Where and how do I save my stuff?
Dropbox is a great place to safely share and store your stuff, whether you’re using dropbox.com, the mobile app, or the Dropbox folder on your computer.
Dropbox has the tools to help you organize and seamlessly update all your stuff.
You can easily save and sync your files to Dropbox using all your devices.
Saving files on dropbox.com
One of the easiest ways to upload files to Dropbox is with the Dropbox website. Simply sign in to dropbox.com, and then drag-and-drop files from your computer. Or, if you prefer, you can select Upload to choose files or folders. Note that there’s a 20 GB file size limit when uploading through the website. If you have a bigger file, move files and folders to the Dropbox folder on your computer instead.
On a flight? Or maybe your internet is down? Don’t worry, any edits you make to a file will automatically sync to Dropbox the next time you're back online. You can also make files or folders available for offline viewing on your mobile device. Dropbox lets you work anywhere, anytime, without missing a beat.
Feeling smart–or selective?
Dropbox offers two different features that help you save hard drive space while still ensuring all your files are safely backed up to Dropbox. Smart Sync is available to Dropbox Plus, Family, Professional, and Business users. Selective sync is available to all users.
With Smart Sync, which is available to Plus, Family, Professional, and Business users, you can see and access every file and folder in your Dropbox account right from your desktop without needing to use any hard drive space. And it doesn’t even matter if you have more files and folders in the cloud than could actually fit on your local drive. How? With Smart Sync you can:
- Choose if individual files or folders are available online-only, locally on your computer, or a combination of both
- Select a default sync setting for new files and folders that are shared with you
Selective sync, which is available to all users, allows you to select which folders in Dropbox you want synced to your computer. It gives you the control to have only the files you need on any computer.
You can use selective sync to control what folders show up on your computer, which is handy if you don’t use some folders quite as often as others.
Have a question about saving and storing your stuff? We’ve likely got an answer. If you have a question that’s not listed here, check out help.dropbox.com for more answers.
Why should I use Smart Sync over selective sync?
Both Smart Sync and selective sync can save you hard drive space, but Smart Sync allows you to see all your Dropbox content on your computer. With selective sync, you’ll only see folders you want to see on your computer. This is helpful for people who have a ton of folders and don’t want to use up their hard drive space.
What happens to my stuff if I make it online-only with Smart Sync?
Nothing really, other than freeing up space on your hard drive. When you make a file online-only, you won’t be able to access that file when your computer is offline, and the local copy of the file will be removed from the Dropbox folder on your computer. The full file will still be available in your account (via dropbox.com) and on your other devices. The online file will still appear on your computer, but it’ll act like a bookmark to the full file.
How do I know my stuff is in a place people can use?
People you’ve shared a folder with can access any online content that has been shared with them. If you make changes to a file that you marked local while offline, it’ll sync when you’re back online. With Smart Sync enabled, all new content shared with you—or that you add to Dropbox from another computer or device—will start online-only.
Try it out
Want a little practice uploading and syncing files on your computer and mobile devices? Look through the following tutorials and follow along on your devices.
Uploading and syncing your files
Learn how to upload and sync your files to your Dropbox account.
Upload a file on dropbox.com
To upload a file on the web, just click the Upload button. Then, choose the file you want to upload. Once the green check mark appears, you’ll be able to see the file on your computer or mobile device.