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Getting started with Dropbox desktop and mobile apps

Getting started with Dropbox desktop and mobile apps

Graham
Community Manager

A beginners guide to Dropbox apps

 
We’re delighted to be here with you as you take your first steps with Dropbox and our aim is to make them as simple and easy to take as possible. Today, we’re going to be talking about Dropbox apps.
 
Here’s everything you need to know:
 
  • What is the Dropbox desktop app?
  • Downloading the Dropbox desktop app
  • Getting started with the Dropbox desktop app
  • What is the Dropbox mobile app?
  • Downloading the Dropbox mobile app
  • Getting started with the Dropbox Mobile app
 

What is the Dropbox Desktop app?

 
When you download the Dropbox Desktop app, you’re basically adding two things to your computer, the Dropbox folder, which you can find in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac). and the Dropbox icon, which will sit in your taskbar (Windows) or your menu bar (Mac).
 
Having the Dropbox desktop app will allow you to access, view, save, edit and share all of the files in your Dropbox account, directly from your desktop. This means you won't need to waste time logging into various accounts to find your files and folders and you can even access them offline if you are out and about with no connection.
 

Downloading the Dropbox desktop app

 
Downloading the Dropbox desktop app, or Dropbox installer, is very simple and can be done by clicking this link. Once you click on it, the download will start automatically. Once the download is complete, you’ll see the Dropbox installer at the bottom of your browser, you’ll need to click on it to open it and then double click the Dropbox logo to begin the installation. Then, follow the onscreen prompts to complete the process.
 
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Getting started with the Dropbox desktop app

 
Once you’ve got the Desktop app installed, you’ll be asked to either log in or create an account. When you’ve done one of these, you’ll be asked to select the folders you want to sync to your Dropbox account, this allows you to choose exactly what files and folders are added to your Dropbox account.
 
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Once your files are synced, you’re ready to start using the Dropbox Desktop app! If you click on the Dropbox icon in the taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac), you’ll be able to search for your files, check your notifications, view your latest activity, keep up to date with your sync history and manage your account preferences.
 
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What is the Dropbox mobile app?

 
The Dropbox mobile app allows you to manage your Dropbox account while on the go, through your phone or tablet. You’ll be able to access all of your files and folders and get work done where ever you are, you can even make files available offline so you don’t need to worry about losing internet access when you’re out and about!
 

Downloading the Dropbox mobile app

 
The Dropbox mobile device is available on both Android and iOS devices, to get it all you need to do is go to your preferred app store, or you can simply scan the QR code in the image below.
Once you’ve found it, simply install the app and log-in and you’re good to go!
 
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Getting started with the Dropbox mobile app

 
Now that you’ve got the Dropbox mobile app installed, you’re ready to start using all of it’s awesome features, but rather than us boring you with the finer details, here’s a quick video to let you know exactly what you can do.
 
 
 
So that’s it, now that you’ve got both your desktop and mobile apps up and running, you’ll be able to stay completely on top of your work, no matter where you are, or if you’re online and off-line!
 
We’d love to share more tips and guides to help you master any other Dropbox features you may be struggling with. So, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask, we are here to help!
 
We want to hear about how using the desktop or mobile apps has improved your workflow with Dropbox, so please leave a comment below and let us know.
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