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Can I manage two Dropbox accounts on one computer?

Can I manage two Dropbox accounts on one computer?

MWachenfeld
New member | Level 2

 

 

I now have 2 Dropbox accounts for 2 different clients. They are paid for separately, have separate sign-ins and cannot be linked. I would like to have both accounts downloaded on my computer. I want to make sure that by downloading the Dropbox app for the new account it does not eliminate access for my very extensive existing files. I do not want to use online Dropbox for the 2nd account. I want to use Windows Explorer on my desktop and Finder on my MAC laptop. Can you send me instructions about how to manage this situation? Thank you.

 

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Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

Rich
Super User II
MWachenfeld wrote:

Do you mean that each time I want to switch between my Dropbox accounts I have to log out of 1 user profile on my Mac (or PC) and then log back in using the other user profile?

That is correct.

 

It will also not allow me then to use one gmail account to attach Dropbox documents from both Dropbox accounts.  I would have to log in to gmail on each different user?

Also correct. Each Dropbox account must use a unique email address.

 


I have two different DB for Business accounts so how do I synch those on 1 device?

You can't. While you can sync one business account and one personal account to the same device under a single user profile, you cannot sync two business accounts or two personal accounts. It's one of each, or just one.

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Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

Bohlen
New member | Level 2
You can create multiple users on one PC, and then each user can connect to each of multiple dropbox accounts

Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

MWachenfeld
New member | Level 2

Hello,

 

Thanks for the quick reply, but I still have some questions.

 

- How do I create multiple users on my PC or laptop?  Do you mean my multiple Dropbox accounts?  Can you be more specific?

- If I download the Dropbox application from my 2nd and new Dropbox account, how will it show up in Finder or Windows Explorer?  Does it create a separate Dropbox folder or does it simply list all the folders from the two accounts under one, main Drobpox folder?

 

Margaret 


@Bohlen wrote:
You can create multiple users on one PC, and then each user can connect to each of multiple dropbox accounts

 

Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

Bohlen
New member | Level 2
If you have two paid accounts, and if you don't want to login via web browser, then you have to use different user on Windows or OS X to connect to each Dropbox. Only Dropbox Business users will be able to have multiple Dropbox accounts synced to a single device.

Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

Bohlen
New member | Level 2
Both Windows PC and Mac OS X allow creating multiple users. Each of the users have their own profile and set of folders. Each of users can use installed Dropbox client (app) to connect (sync) one Dropbox account

Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

Rich
Super User II

MWachenfeld wrote:

How do I create multiple users on my PC or laptop?  Do you mean my multiple Dropbox accounts?  Can you be more specific?


They're referring to additional computer user accounts; not Dropbox accounts.

 

Unless one of your Dropbox accounts is a work account (i.e. a Dropbox for Business account or a Free Team account), you can only have one Dropbox account per computer user account. In other words, you cannot have two separate Dropbox accounts syncing to your computer at the same time.

 

 

Without a work account, the only supported method of syncing more than one Dropbox account to your computer is to install each Dropbox account under a different computer user account, and then log in as that user when you need to access the other Dropbox account.


Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

MWachenfeld
New member | Level 2

Hello,

 

I just looked at the instructions for creating a new user on Mac.  Do you mean that each time I want to switch between my Dropbox accounts I have to log out of 1 user profile on my Mac (or PC) and then log back in using the other user profile?  That is very cumbersome!   It will also not allow me then to use one gmail account to attach Dropbox documents from both Dropbox accounts.  I would have to log in to gmail on each different user?  Thank you.  


@Bohlen wrote:
Both Windows PC and Mac OS X allow creating multiple users. Each of the users have their own profile and set of folders. Each of users can use installed Dropbox client (app) to connect (sync) one Dropbox account

 

Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

MWachenfeld
New member | Level 2

Hello,

 

I have two different DB for Business accounts so how do I synch those on 1 device?  That is what I was asking from the beginning...Thank you.

Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

Rich
Super User II
MWachenfeld wrote:

Do you mean that each time I want to switch between my Dropbox accounts I have to log out of 1 user profile on my Mac (or PC) and then log back in using the other user profile?

That is correct.

 

It will also not allow me then to use one gmail account to attach Dropbox documents from both Dropbox accounts.  I would have to log in to gmail on each different user?

Also correct. Each Dropbox account must use a unique email address.

 


I have two different DB for Business accounts so how do I synch those on 1 device?

You can't. While you can sync one business account and one personal account to the same device under a single user profile, you cannot sync two business accounts or two personal accounts. It's one of each, or just one.

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Re: How to Manage Multiple Dropbox accounts on one PC

txbeegirl
New member | Level 2

I think you may be able to share particular folders between the different user accounts without loging in and out. 

I found an answer: but have not tried it yet.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-security/sharing-files-on-the-same-c...

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