Why Move Dropbox Files to iCloud?

Transfer Dropbox to iCloud Drive
Transfer Dropbox to iCloud Drive

Dropbox is a cloud storage service that works across multiple platforms, allowing users to upload, download, share, and collaborate on files with other Dropbox users and non-users alike.

On the other hand, iCloud is an integral part of the Apple ecosystem. It not only offers online storage but also serves as a critical backup and synchronization service for data generated by Apple's suite of devices and applications. iCloud enables users to store their photos in the cloud, sync them across their macOS and iOS devices, access files from anywhere, and share them online.

  • Integration with Apple Ecosystem: If you are already using other Apple devices and services like Mac, iPhone, and iPad, iCloud can offer better integration with those devices compared to Dropbox.
  • Storage Space: If you have limited storage space on your device, you may prefer to use iCloud as it is tightly integrated with the operating system and offers automatic syncing of your files. Apple provides its customers with 5 GB of free storage space on iCloud, which is 3 GB more storage than Dropbox.
  • More Cost-Effective: If you're paying for both Dropbox and iCloud, you may want to consolidate your cloud storage to save money.
  • Better Security: Some people may perceive iCloud as a more secure option compared to Dropbox.
  • Personal Preference: Ultimately, the decision to use Dropbox or iCloud will depend on your personal preferences and needs. If you are already comfortable with using iCloud, and it meets your needs, you may choose to move your Dropbox files to iCloud.

If your primary use of Dropbox is for personal files like photos, videos, and occasional documents, switching to iCloud may be a more logical choice. In addition to providing 3 GB of extra free storage, iCloud offers better integration with your Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Mac, making it easier to access and manage your files across multiple devices.

How to Move Files from Dropbox to iCloud via MultCloud

The above methods are manual but can help you move anything you want from Dropbox to iCloud. But if you only need to move photos, videos, or albums from Dropbox to iCloud, a professional cloud-to-cloud transfer service, MultCloud, could save you lots of time and energy.

MultCloud supports iCloud Photos and seamlessly transfers photos and videos between iCloud and other clouds without downloading or uploading. It offers web and mobile services for superfast data transfer across clouds and efficient cloud file management. It also supports other 30+ clouds and on-premise services. Therefore, you can use the Cloud Transfer feature to quickly move photos from Dropbox to iCloud Photos without any risk of data loss.

How to Migrate from Dropbox to iCloud Drive via Cloud Transfer

Step 1. Sign up for MultCloud on the website or in the mobile app.


Step 2. Click the “Add Cloud” button and choose the Dropbox or Dropbox Business icon, then log in with your Dropbox account. After that, add your iCloud Photos account in the same way.

Add Dropbox and iCloud Drive to MultCloud
Add Dropbox and iCloud Drive to MultCloud

Step 3. Switch to the Cloud Transfer tab, choose photos, videos, or albums in Dropbox as the source, and choose a place in iCloud Photos as the destination. Then click “Transfer Now” and the selected images will be immediately transferred from Dropbox to iCloud Photos without waiting.

Transfer Dropbox to iCloud Drive in MultCloud
Transfer Dropbox to iCloud Drive in MultCloud


  • You can choose "Delete all source files after transfer is complete." in the "Options" to clean up your Dropbox storage right after the transfer task is done.
  • In the "Schedule", you can choose a daily, weekly, or monthly plan for MultCloud to automatically move from Dropbox to iCloud Drive.
Schedules for Cloud Transfer
Schedules for Cloud Transfer

How to Move Files from Dropbox to iCloud: 3 Manual Ways

There are many ways for you to move your files and folders from Dropbox to iCloud Drive. The different steps mainly depend on the device you use. You can choose a method according to your operating platform and follow the step-by-step guide to transfer data from Dropbox to iCloud successfully.

Way 1. How to Transfer Files from Dropbox to iCloud on iPhone

Step 1. Download and install the Dropbox app on your iPhone. Then log in with your Dropbox account.

Step 2. Open the Files app and move to the “Browse tab.

Step 3. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner and choose “Edit”. Then enable Dropbox as a location.

Enable Dropbox in the Files App
Enable Dropbox in the Files App

Step 4. Tap Dropbox and tap the three-dot button in the upper-right corner to choose “Select”.

Step 5. Select Dropbox files and folders that you want to move to iCloud Drive, then tap the Folder icon in the navigation bar.

Step 6. Move to iCloud Drive to choose a place for storing your Dropbox data. Then click “Copy” to move files and folders from Dropbox to iCloud.

Copy Files from Dropbox to iCloud Drive
Copy Files from Dropbox to iCloud Drive

Way 2. How to Move from Dropbox to iCloud on Mac

Step 1. Download and install the Dropbox macOS app on your Mac. Then the Dropbox shortcut will be displayed on the Finder sidebar.

Step 2. Open Dropbox in Finder and select files and folders that you want to move to iCloud. You can also press “Command + A” to select all Dropbox data at once.

Step 3. Drag and drop your selected Dropbox data to iCloud through the Finder sidebar.

Drag and Drop Dropbox Files to iCloud Drive
Drag and Drop Dropbox Files to iCloud Drive

Way 3. How to Transfer Dropbox Files to iCloud on Windows PC

Step 1. Download and install the Dropbox desktop app on your PC. Then log in with your Dropbox account.

Step 2. Go to the iCloud web and log in with your Apple ID.

Step 3. Open iCloud Drive and choose a folder for storing your Dropbox data.

Go to iCloud Drive
Go to iCloud Drive

Step 4. Open File Explorer and open the Dropbox folder. Then select files and folders that you want to transfer to iCloud.

Dropbox in File Explorer
Dropbox in File Explorer

Step 5. Drag and drop the selected files from the Dropbox folder to the iCloud website.

In the End

Learning how to move files from Dropbox to iCloud across multiple platforms including PC, Mac, and iPhone/iPad is beneficial. By doing so, you can leverage additional free storage space, as well as various Apple-enabled features, and create backups of your files for double security.

Besides, if you want to use Dropbox and iCloud Photos together, you can backup iCloud Photos to Dropbox by using the Cloud Backup function of MultCloud. This feature helps you store the same data on different clouds and allows you to directly restore your backups from one cloud to another.

  • Cloud Transfer: Transfer files between clouds with a single click.
  • Cloud Sync: Sync data across clouds with 10 excellent modes.
  • Cloud Backup: Backup and directly restore data in MultCloud.
  • Team Transfer: Bulk migration between business clouds.
  • Email Migration: Save emails as PDFs and transfer to cloud.

Can I directly sync Dropbox with iCloud?

Of course, you can, MultCloud offers Real-Time Sync, Two-Way Sync, and other 8 wonderful cloud-to-cloud sync options for you to seamlessly connect your Dropbox to iCloud without any difficulty.

Are there any file format compatibility issues between Dropbox and iCloud?

Generally, the most common file formats are supported by both services. However, it's a good idea to double-check if any specific file formats might face compatibility issues during the transfer.

Will the file metadata (creation date, etc.) be preserved after the transfer?

While the file content will be preserved, some metadata might not carry over perfectly. You might need to manually adjust certain details if necessary.

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