What Is Dropbox? The Unofficial Dropbox User Guide

MakeUseOf | 12/4/2019 | Ben Stegner
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Have you ever been working on your laptop and realized you need to access a file that’s stored on your desktop computer? Without physically being at your desktop, you’re out of luck unless you’ve already set up remote access.

That’s where Dropbox comes in. It acts as a “magic pocket” where you can keep files to access them across devices. Read on as we explain what Dropbox is, how to sync files using it, and everything else Dropbox can do.


What Is Dropbox?

At its core, Dropbox is a cloud storage provider. It allows you to store your files on Dropbox’s servers, which gives you access to them on all your devices. Think of it as a flash drive in the cloud.

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In case you’re not familiar with what “the cloud” actually means, this term refers to computing services that run over the internet instead of on your local machine. In Dropbox’s case, “the cloud” is Dropbox servers that hold your files. As long as you can log into your account, you can reach those files from any device.

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What Is Dropbox Used For?

Most people use Dropbox as a place to keep their most important files. Not only does this allow them to reach those files from any device, but doing so also acts as a sort of backup. This is because data in Dropbox is reachable even if your computer or phone dies.

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However, Dropbox has other uses. For instance, it makes sharing files with others easy and offers simple mobile backup for photos. We’ll explore both of these shortly.

Let’s walk through how to get started with Dropbox so you can...
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