Install Dropbox

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  1. Download Dropbox On Laptop
  2. Install Dropbox Sync
  3. Install Dropbox On My Computer
Install Dropbox

My old worn-out laptop died; it wouldn't even boot up, so I couldn't save any files or settings from it. When I tried to install Dropbox on my new laptop, Dropbox stopped me, stating I would be over my limit of three machines. No, I would be replacing one of the three machines I have, but I can't ge. If running, quit Dropbox. Click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar. Click your profile picture or initials.

Depending on your operating system distribution and the package you used during installation, you could have Dropbox files in two different locations. The instructions in this article are for both cases, so some of the commands may result in an error.

  1. Open your Terminal application.
  2. Copy and paste the following lines one at a time into Terminal. Press Enter after each one.
    • Don't type commands by hand.
    • You may be prompted for your computer password (not your Dropbox password) after entering the commands. The password field in Terminal remains blank as you type your password. After you type it, press Enter.
    • You'll know that these instructions complete normally once the initial line of text (called prompt) appears.
    • Important: In the commands below, we assume that your Dropbox folder is in the default pathway. If you placed your Dropbox folder in a custom location, replace all instances of ~/Dropbox for the full location of your Dropbox folder in quotation marks. For example, if you have your Dropbox folder in the path /Volumes/DifferentPlace/Dropbox, replace ~/Dropbox from the following command lines to '/Volumes/DifferentPlace/Dropbox'.
    • Once the Terminal prompt shows up again after a command, the instruction completed the requested task and is ready for the next command. If any of the the commands do not respond after an hour, try restarting your computer and try these steps again.
  3. Deleting any of these folders will not delete the files in your Dropbox folder.

  4. Restart your computer.
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For an installation on a supported Linux distribution with Graphical User Interface:

  1. Get the correct package for your operating system and architecture. Download now.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the installation file and double-click it.
  3. Apply any selective sync preferences you had before the reinstall.
  4. Select the Dropbox folder location, if not in the default location.
    • Important: Because this process removes the previous preferences and configuration, if you wish to avoid re-downloading your Dropbox content you will need to manually choose the location for Dropbox to sync to. If you don't you'll create a new Dropbox folder and start to download your content again.
  5. To select your established Dropbox folder on your drive, click Advanced Settings after choosing which folders to sync.
Install Dropbox

For an installation on a supported headless Linux distribution:

Download Dropbox On Laptop

  1. Enter the following command into your terminal:
    • If your machine is 32-bit:
    • If your machine is 64-bit:
    • Scroll right for more terminal command
  2. Run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created.dropbox-dist folder:
  3. When Dropbox finishes installing, sign in and apply any preferences from before the reinstall to the list of excluded items.

Prior to installing the Dropbox application on your device, you must log in to to create your account.

IMPORTANT: You must first create your Dropbox account before downloading the Dropbox desktop application. The desktop application requires your U-M Dropbox account for setup.

Install Dropbox Sync

To install Dropbox on your device, determine which type of device you have, and follow the corresponding instructions:

Install Dropbox On My Computer

  • MiWorkspace Computer
    If your computer is managed by MiWorkspace, you can download Dropbox from the Software Center (Windows/PC) or Managed Software Center (Mac).

  • Personal Computer or Other Non-MiWorkspace Computer
    To install Dropbox on a computer that is not managed by MiWorkspace, see Download Dropbox to get started for instructions.

  • iOS Device (iPhone, iPad, etc.)
    Dropbox can be installed from the Apple App Store.

  • Android Device
    Dropbox can be installed from the Google Play store.

  • BlackBerry Device
    Dropbox can be installed from the BlackBerry World store.