How to Download and Install Dropbox on Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to download, install and configure the Dropbox app on Windows 11 to easily view or edit files anytime, anywhere, and share and automatically back up files securely to the cloud.

When you install the Dropbox app in Windows 11, you can take advantage of the convenience of Dropbox with Windows 11 features such as Windows Hello, which adds an extra layer of protection and uses either your face or fingerprint instead of your password to unlock your Dropbox content.

The Windows app also allows you to drag and drop from Dropbox to Windows File Explorer, provides quick search, accepts and shares folders with others, and more.

If you want to experience Dropbox fully in Windows 11, you’ll want to download and use the app, and the steps below show you how to do that.

To get started with downloading and installing Dropbox app in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to install Dropbox in Windows 11

Installing Dropbox in Windows 11 is pretty straightforward. Simply go to the link below, and it should automatically begin downloading the app for your platform.

Once downloaded, go to your Downloads folder and double-click the installer to begin the installation.

The installation should begin downloading and installing the apps automatically.

After a few minutes, the app should be installed and ready to use. When it opens, log in with your Dropbox account or create one if you don’t already have an account.

If the app doesn’t open after the installation, simply go to the hidden apps section of the Taskbar and select it.

That should open the Dropbox app sign-in pop-up to link your computer to your account.

Once you sign in, you’ll get a similar message “You’re all set to install Dropbox on your computer.” Then click the Continue with the installation link.

You can easily access your Dropbox file from the icon on the Taskbar in the hidden section.

You’ll be prompted to set up file sync on a new computer. When prompted with two sync options. Make files local and Make files online only. Select the sync option and continue. Making files local comes with basic features that allow you to sync your Dropbox account to your local computer.

Next, you’ll be prompted to select the folders you want to sync with other computers or backup online.

After the setup, Dropbox should be integrated with File Explorer. You should be able to move or copy a file into Dropbox, just drag and drop it from Windows File Explorer. Within the app, you can also move or copy files into other folders by dragging and dropping them between folders (hold Ctrl to copy).

To access and manage your Dropbox settings, click the hidden app’s arrow, then select the Dropbox icon. From there, click the Settings gear as highlighted in the image below:

That should do it!


This post showed you how to download and install the Dropbox app in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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  1. I followed the instructions to the letter (and I’ve done it countless times over the years) especially selecting the on-line only option. DropBox promptly filled the hard drive and then told me it couldn’t sync any more because the drive was full.
    What on earth is going on here?
    I’m now going through some of the biggest folders and setting them to sync on line only. In preferences the syncing option is very sluggish. From the app I can’t see which is selected; on line or local.
    Is this teething problems using Windows 11?

  2. i tried the above a number of times and each time was told that the device is not compatible with this version of the dropbox app.
    i have a macbook air M1 with window11 on parallels.
    i have tried the dropbox in s mode with the s mode turner off and all i get is access to the on line files with no link to the explorer or 365 office.

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