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Bought a new laptop, how do I access my Dropbox files?

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I've been using the free version of Dropbox on my iMac for years. I also have the app installed on my mobile devices. I recently bought a laptop and I'm not sure what to do. Do I install Dropbox on it or do I have to access my files through the Dropbox website? I tried to get a file through the website and it asked me if I wanted to download it. If I install the Dropbox program on my laptop will I be able to easily open all my files like I do through Dropbox on my iMac? I don't feel like downloading a file onto the laptop everytime I want to see it. I'd prefer to have the same Dropbox set up on both computers but don't know if that's possible. If I store the same files locally on both computers will that go toward my free Dropbox storage limit or will duplicate files on two computers count as just one file? Hope that makes sense.  

Thanks for any answers or info.

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Re: Bought a new laptop, how do I access my Dropbox files?


To do that, you'll just need to download the desktop app, install it on your new laptop and log into the same account as your iMac @sunny330!

The files will be essentially synced across your devices so they won't count twice towards your quota - this is actually how syncing works!

More information on this can be found below:

Let me know if you have any more questions and have a wonderful new Year too!

PS: You can find a list of our most recent installers here:


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Re: Bought a new laptop, how do I access my Dropbox files?

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Thank you Walter! Happy New Year to you also!

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