How to Download Files from Dropbox?

Written By Alan Williams

Oct 29, 2021 • Proven solutions

One of the biggest advantages of using cloud storage is that you can always access your files from different devices. This means that if you are using Dropbox& you can download from Dropbox regardless of the device. With this& remote work just got easier.

Not everyone knows how to download files from Dropbox. If you fall into this category& you don’t have to worry. We wrote this post to help you. In this post& we will discuss downloading files from Dropbox on different devices. Let’s get started.

Table of Contents

Part 1

Part 1: How to Download Dropbox Files to Computer

We begin with downloading your files to a computer from Dropbox because it is about the most common need. There are several reasons why people need to download Dropbox files to their computers. For example& we are in an era where remote work has become the order of the day. Sometimes& individuals need to download certain files from Dropbox to make their work easier.

Another important reason is when you want to move the files to different cloud storage manually. This is mostly for backup purposes. It could also be that you need to have local copies of the files in your Dropbox account.

Whatever the case is& there are several ways to download files from Dropbox to computer. In this section& we will consider the three most important methods. They include:

  1. From web
  2. Dropbox app
  3. InClowdz

Without further ado& let’s discuss these three solutions briefly below.

Solution 1 – From Web

One thing most users of Dropbox are wary of is retrieving deleted files. Dropbox has a policy that states that when a file is deleted& you can retrieve it in 30 days. After this period& you have lost the file forever. The same goes for a shared file that is deleted.

Imagine someone shares a Dropbox file with you and then delete it from their account. If you don’t already have it downloaded on your computer& you may never access that file again. This is a very important reason why you need to download from Dropbox.

Contrary to popular opinion& downloading from Dropbox to a computer via the web is quite easy. We have described the process in the steps below:

Step 1 – Open your favorite web browser and type in the address bar then press “enter.”

Step 2 – Sign in to Dropbox in the homepage if you are not automatically logged in.


Step 3 – After logging in& Dropbox takes you to the main page. From here& you can search for the file or files that you need to download. In some cases& you may need to do a Dropbox download folder. Navigating Dropbox is similar to navigating your Windows computer. You can easily locate the files or folders that you need to download.

Step 4 – After locating the files or folders that you want to download& click in the checkbox on the left of the item. This helps you to select the item.

Step 5 – After selecting the file& you can download the file in two ways. The first is to go to the top of the page and click on “Download.” Your second option is to click on the “three dots” beside the file name. This will give a list of options including “Download.” Click on this and your download should begin in a few seconds.


Step 6 – To do a “Dropbox download multiple files&” simply select the files you need to download. After this& click on the “Download” button at the top of the page as you did in “Step 5.” This should begin your download even though the files will download as a single zip file.


There you have it& how to download files to your computer from Dropbox via the web. You will find the downloaded files in your “Downloads” folder.

Solution 2 – From Dropbox App

Not many people know this but Dropbox has an app that you can use on both Windows and Mac computers. Downloading files from Dropbox using the app is pretty easy and straightforward. Let’s quickly show you how to install the app if you haven’t done that already.

Step 1 – Go to Dropbox and then visit the “Install Page.”

Step 2 – Download the installer program from this page and launch it to install.

Step 3 – In the setup window& provide your Dropbox account details to log in.


Step 4 – Click on “Advanced Settings” in the next window. This is where you sort out where you want Dropbox to store or sync your files.

Step 5 – Simply click on “default folder” and change it to your preferred folder. It is also possible to customize what online files you need to sync. Simply click on “Change Settings” in the “Selective Sync” menu. Here& you can deselect the folders that you don’t need to sync.


Asides from this& you don’t need any other special settings to do a “Dropbox direct download” from the app. Any files in the folders that you sync will automatically be downloaded to your computer. You can find them in the folder you chose as the storage folder.

Solution 3 – InClowdz

By now& you must be wondering if there is a simpler way to get around downloading files from Dropbox. Yes& there is and we are about to introduce you to it. It is an app known as “Wondershare InClowdz.”

This app makes it easy for you to manage not only your Dropbox accounts but also your other cloud accounts. One of the major advantages of using this app is that it saves time and effort. Let’s show you how to download files from Dropbox using Wondershare InClowdz.

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Step 1 – Create an account on Wondershare InClowdz if you don’t already have one. Otherwise& you can simply log in.


Step 2 – Go to the menu pane on the left of your screen and click on “Management.”


Step 3 – Select the cloud that you want to manage& in this case& it is Dropbox.

Step 4 – Follow the instructions provided to authorize the cloud account.


Step 5 – Click on Dropbox to open it. Select the files that you want to download and right-click. Then click on “Download” in the list of options you see.

As you can see& using Wondershare InClowdz is the easiest of the three solutions. Now& let’s show you how to download from Dropbox on Android and iPhone.

Part 2

Part 2: How to Download Dropbox Files to Android Phone

So many people own Android phones these days so it is only normal to have a Dropbox app for Android. This app makes it possible for users to download from Dropbox to phone very easily. We have broken the process down into a few steps to make it easy for you to understand. Check them out below:

Step 1 – Download the Dropbox app from Google Playstore if you don’t already have it on your device.


Step 2 – Install the app and provide your login details to access your files. You can sign in manually or do it through Google. The second method is easier since you already have your Google details stored on your Android phone.

Step 3 – Go to the files section of the Dropbox app and check for the file that you want to download.

Step 4 – Tap on the three dots that are beside the file that you want to download. This will give you a list of options.


Step 5 – Scroll through the list of options and tap on “Export.” This will give you another list of options showing you possible locations to export the file.


Step 6 – Select “Save to Device” to download the file to your phone. The next page asks you to decide the location of the file on your device. After doing this& the file downloads to your device immediately.

Part 3

Part 3: How to Download Dropbox Files to iPhone

If you are using an iPhone& you can also download from Dropbox to phone. It is pretty simple as well once you have downloaded the Dropbox app from the Apple Store. Let’s show you how to do a “Dropbox iPhone download files” operation.

Step 1 – Open Dropbox on your iPhone and log in using the appropriate Dropbox account details.


Step 2 – Go to the files section to locate the file that you need to download to your device.

Step 3 – Tap on the three dots beside the file to access the list of options available.


Step 4 – Scroll down and tap on “Export” which reveals another list of options.


Step 5 – The next list of options shows you possible locations where the file can be exported to. Unlike on Android phones where you can save to your device& here& you have to send the file to yourself. Pick any of the sharing apps available from the list of options. Once you send it& you can download the file from the app.



Congratulations!!! Now you know how to download from Dropbox on different devices using different methods. Of all these methods& the easiest seems to be Wondershare InClowdz. Try it out and let us know what you think.



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