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Support for Dropbox app on Chromebook

Support for Dropbox app on Chromebook

New member | Level 1

I've seen several questions from other users asking how to access their Dropbox files in Chromebook devices.

In all cases the only option is a third-party app on the Chrome Store. On the basis of that app's reviews, I am not inclined to use it. It's unreliable and does not behave itself well in the context of Chrome OS.

Surely this is something the good people at Dropbox should, themselves, provide. Is there anything in the pipeline?

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Super User II

Dropbox do not release roadmaps I'm afraid. 

New member | Level 1

No roadmaps, eh?

I can understand that might be a general policy, but this is a long-running issue. Access to files in the cloud is vital and, in the absence of a reliable solution sanctioned and supported by Dropbox, a lot of people are just going to go with Google Drive instead.

Do Dropbox want to put off existing and new customers?

Super User II

I imagine the issue is that Chrome books are just too small a market segment at present to invest in. Therefore the cost of developing the solution is possibly just too large for the small numbers so they are prepared to lose them to Google - especially if the majority are actually free users. 

 

Note, I dont work for Dropbox so thats just an assumption. 

New member | Level 1

Granted, Chromebooks are a small market sector, but they're still significant and a service provider's coverage of the less popular segments is a measure of their excellence. Contrast Dropbox's approach with, say, LastPass who have complete coverage, across platforms.

Comprehensive platform support inspires confidence in a company's overall ability to deliver. The return on investment needs to be seen in that context.

New member | Level 1

It truly sucks why offer dropbox for free or otherwise if all formats cannot be used. I think it takes more to give away free email yet gmail is free on my chromebook so thats a lime reason. its fustrating for me cause i dont want anything complicated & Im always diverted never getting what I really want done.

Dropboxer

While this is not 'officially' supported at the moment, Thomas has well mentioned that there are third-party apps that allow that. 

Thanks for the feedback on this - I'll pass to our dev team.

New member | Level 1

Right now, as a Chromebook user, my only reason for continuing use of Dropbox is the lack of Google Drive support for Linux which I have on my "normal" laptop.

It would only take Google to release "Drive for Linux" for me and thousands of other Linux users to say goodbye to Dropbox. That would not be the case if Dropbox had reliable coverage of the Chromebook platform.

Given that Chrome OS is just another Linux distro, how hard can it be?

Helpful | Level 5

Chromebooks are getting to be much more usable as daily computers. However, there are no solutions currently to keep Dropbox files synced offline on a chromebook. This would be especially helpful if we could sync our dropbox with a folder on an SD card.

 

Alternatively, a Linux dropbox sync app that works with ARM architecture would fix this problem too (used in Crouton). Unfortunately, the current linux client doesn't work on an ARM system, just x86.

 

I'm considering switching to a different cloud service, or just using rsync, rather than Dropbox, due to this limitation. It would be so wonderful, please, to be able to reliably sync a local folder on a Chromebook SD card!  Cloud is fine for some people, but I have thousands of files in hundreds of sub-folders.  That just isn't possible to work with through a web browser.

Helpful | Level 5

I agree with wern0122, I would like to see the ability to autosync a folder on my Chromebook devices with Dropbox.  Especially the SD Card memory on the Chromebook.  I have files on my Windows and Android devices that I want to share with my Chromebook.  I can do that manually now, but being able to auto-sync would be a real plus.  

 

Chromebooks are everywhere in Schools these days and Dropbox could become a collaboration platform for Students if there was better sync support for Chrome OS.   And a Chromebook is MUCH more usable and cost effective than a Windows laptop for most users who need a device to access email, the web, or any browser based application.  

 

It is possible that Google's upcoming release of support for Android apps on qualified Chromebooks would permit one to use the Android dropbox app to enable better interaction with Chromebook, but that release date is undetermined.  

Helpful | Level 5

I've used the third party Dropsync Android app and it does work okay on Android. A little buggy though (sometimes makes duplicates of folders or files), and Dropbox doesn't make their own sync daemon for Android unfortunately. Dropsync for Android *does* work in chrome, with one major problem: Android apps in Chrome at this time do not have access to the SD card. So, you have to sync in your Downloads folder. Google has expressed interest in adding USB and SD card access for Android apps in Chrome, but that isn't a priority right now, more of a distant future kind of thing. 

 

I'm looking for a storage service that properly supports syncing on Chrome, Linux, and Android, so I can unsubscribe from Dropbox. Still looking, but I know it must be out there...

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