Dropbox For Individuals

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Dropbox confuses the heck out of what I call “normal” computer users.

Often, when I am creating content for businesses, I ask the owner or rep I am working with to supply me with as many images as possible. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is with a shared Dropbox folder. This is a how to guide on how to share dropbox folders.

Installing Dropbox

  1. Go to www.dropbox.com/login and create an account. Remember this password, you are going to need it several times during the setup and then not again for a long time.
  2. Now that your account is created on the dropbox website, you can install dropbox on your computer. Go to the install page (www.dropox.com/install) to install dropbox on your COMPUTER. The software is free for Windows, Mac, & Linux.
  3. Once Dropbox is properly installed, you will see a little box in the taskbar (near the clock on Windows machines).
  4. Make some folders in your dropbox folder
  5. On your computer, upon entering your dropbox folder, create a new folder. If you are making it for me, please called it “Len – Company Name”. If your company name is ACME, please call it “Len-ACME”. This helps keep MY dropbox folder organized as I have access to several dropbox accounts. If you are making the shared folder for someone else, call it whatever you’d like, such as “John’s Shared Dropbox”.

Hello, I work in a small company with about 10 employees and we need to retire the physical HD and adopt a HD in the cloud. My question is this: can we subscribe to Dropbox individuals for several people to use the same login and password on different computers and access Dropbox, or as different pe.

Sign in to dropbox.com. Click All files in the left sidebar. Hover over the name of the file or folder you'd like to share and click the share icon (person). If a link hasn't been created, click Create. In this video tutorial, I show you how to create a direct download link for your files in dropbox. This makes it easier for people who may not understand Dro.

Note: If you right click on a folder you will see a “share dropbox link”. Don’t click that.

Sharing your dropbox folder


There is more than one way to share a dropbox folder. I am going to have you do it via the website.

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  1. Go to www.dropbox.com/home. If you are logged in, this will take you to an area of the site that shows you all of your dropbox files and folders.
  2. Hover your mouse over the folder you wish to share- in the example below, the folder name is “Julie”.
  3. Click “Share”.
  4. A window appears which has an option called “Invite people to collaborate”. Click that.
  5. You will now see this window below.
    Enter the person’s email address you are inviting to have access to your shared dropbox folder. NOTE: People have a hundred email addresses these days, be sure you are entering the email address they use for Dropbox. They may have a different email associated with dropbox than they use to communicate with you in email. Type up a friendly message, and click “Share folder”.
  6. This person will now have access to your shared Dropbox folder. They can not see the other contents of your Dropbox.

Congratulations, now, anything you add to the shared folder, the invited guests will have access to. When you change something in this folder, it will automatically sync with the folder in their Dropbox.

This is what the shared folders look like on my end on desktop:

Install the Dropbox App on your phone and tablet.

  • Andorid users, go here www.dropbox.com/android
  • Apple users, go here: www.dropbox.com/iphoneapp

Installing the app is easy. Be sure to use the same username and password to LOG IN to the app. DO NOT create another account or the Dropbox genie will slap you (he has very large genie hands, too).

Syncing and Sharing

Anything you add to Dropbox will sync across all devices. That means if you add a photo into your desktop’s C:dropbox folder, it will show up on your phone, tablet, etc. You will likely never need the dropbox website again.

If you want the person you shared your shared dropbox folder to be able to see things you are adding, add the images to the shared folder.

How to share pictures on an Android device

I just snapped this picture of my dog using my Android phone:

If I scroll to the image of my dog on my phone, I can swipe down from the top of the screen to bring up sharing options:

Here is the share option. BTW those are tomato plants at the bottom of the image.

I can share the image with Twitter, Textra, Instagram, or any other app that allows image sharing. In this case, I am going to choose Dropbox. Select the appropriate folder and tap “add”.

The file is now in the dropbox folder.

Wait, where did it go?


Once synced, the dog picture now resides in several places:

  • On your computer’s hard drive
  • In the cloud on Dropbox.com
  • On your phone in your Dropbox folder
  • On any other tablets or devices with dropbox
  • If you added the image to a shared folder that I have access to, it is is now on my hard drive, phone, laptop, and tablet. It is synced.

Additional notes

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I wrote this because every Dropbox user I have ever encountered can’t figure out how to share folders using Dropbox’s instructions.

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Dropbox Pro / Dropbox for business users have slightly different screens.

You can share from Windows but most people get confused- the above method works best.

If this helped you feel free to comment below.

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You can earn extra space by inviting your friends to try out Dropbox:

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  • Dropbox Basic accounts get 500 MB per referral and can earn up to 16 GB
  • Dropbox Plus and Professional accounts get 1 GB per referral and can earn up to 32 GB

To invite someone from dropbox.com:

  1. Click the avatar at the top of any page.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Plan.
  4. Click Invite a friend.

Once you've sent the referral, the person you referred will need to complete these steps before you both receive bonus space:

  • Click the link in the referral email, and accept the invitation to sign up
  • Install the Dropbox desktop app
  • Sign in from the desktop app

Note: Sharing a folder doesn't count as a referral.

To invite someone from your Android phone:

  1. Open the Dropbox app on your Android device.
  2. Tap the Menu button.
  3. Tap Settings, and then tap Invite friends.
  4. Tap a name from your list of contacts to select it.
  5. Tap the checkmark icon to send your invitation once you've selected all the contacts you'd like to invite to Dropbox.

If you don't see the contact information of a person you'd like to invite, you can use dropbox.com to invite anyone else you'd like.

To invite friends to join Dropbox from your iOS phone:

  1. Open the Dropbox app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap the person icon.
  3. Tap the gear icon.
  4. Tap Tell Friends About Dropbox.
  5. Tap Invite friends.
  6. Enter the email addresses of any friends you wish to invite by typing them into the email that opens.
  7. Tap Send to email the invitation.

Will I still get credit if my friend signs up using a different email address?

As long as your friend signs up for an account with the referral link in your invitation, you'll earn referral bonus space. The email address the person you referred uses to sign up doesn't need to be the same as the email address that you sent the referral invitation to.

If your friend receives referrals from multiple senders, only the sender of the referral link that's used will earn bonus space.

Can I earn bonus space for referrals sent from my Dropbox free team?

If you're a member of a free team, you can’t receive referral bonuses on your work team account. If you'd like to apply a bonus to your personal account, contact Dropbox support.

See the status of invitations you've sent for Dropbox referrals

To check the status of your referrals:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click the avatar at the top of any page.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Plan.
  5. Click View all earned space under the Earn more space section.
  6. Check the Bonus type column. For any space bonus listed as Referral, you'll see the status of the referral under Space earned:
  • Invitation sent: Your referral has been invited to use Dropbox but hasn't yet signed up for Dropbox.
  • Waiting for install: Your referral signed up but hasn't installed and/or signed in from the desktop app.
  • Waiting for email verification: Your referral installed and signed in to the desktop app but hasn't verified their email address.
  • Completed: Both you and your referral have been credited bonus space.
  • Ineligible: The recipient is ineligible for the referral program.
    • This may mean that the recipient has already registered an account with Dropbox, or that the recipient is attempting to register using the same computer as you.
    • If you feel this status is inaccurate double-check the email address of your recipient to try again.