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Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Explorer | Level 3

When Dropbox requested to add a computer to my account;  Does it need to be a computer that I use regularly?  Does it actualy need to be my personal computer or can it be someone elses?  Does it need to be around my iPhone when the iPhone uploads photos?  Can I use a computer that someone else has already linked to their Dropbox account (essentally linking two Dropbox accounts to one computer)?  What is the purpose for adding the computer to my Dropbox account?

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Re: Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Super User

Hello @MarDragon, you don't need to add a computer in order to use Dropbox from iPhone, or upload files and photos from iPhone. Are you trying to setup Automatic Camera Uploads? You should be able to do that from the Account tab > Camera Uploads

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Re: Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Explorer | Level 3

Thanks so much for the response!  Perhaps I should be able to connect in that way although when I go into my account and sellect the "Camera Uploads" (which shows "off"), I am given two options:  One is to "Upgrade Now" and the other is "Connect a Computer"  I'm not given the option to just switch "On" the Camera Uploads"

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Re: Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Super User

In my case, I can toggle the ON/OFF button. Do you have sufficient Dropbox space to upload all your photos?

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Re: Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Explorer | Level 3

I don't know.  How can I check that?

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Re: Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Super User

In the account tab, you will see Space Used

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Re: Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Explorer | Level 3

Thanks so much!  It shows only 0.1% if 2 GB    There are no current files or folders added.  It's basicly a new clean account.

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Re: Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Super User

Can you please try quiting the app first, and later restarting your phone and relaunching the app?

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Re: Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Explorer | Level 3

Sure!

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Re: Why do I need to connect a computer to set up iPhone Uploads?

Explorer | Level 3

I've closed the app and shut down the phone.  I then reopened the phone, opened the app and all is the same.

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