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User Case: How to Migrate Dropbox to SharePoint


“I have a client that has been using a Dropbox Personal account for sharing business files among employees. They are ready to move off of Dropbox and on to SharePoint. This is a construction company with a fairly deep file structure and some filenames that likely won’t directly import, so whatever migration solution I use needs error handling, repairing invalid file names, shortening or restructuring paths as needed, and verifing successful migration. I will also need to upload another 100GB or so from local storage. Has anyone here done a similar migration or can recommend a product or service, tips, tricks, or pitfalls? Thanks a lot.” – A Question from Spiceworks Community.

Why Transfer Data from Dropbox to SharePoint?

Transfer Dropbox to SharePoint Online
Transfer Dropbox to SharePoint Online

Although Dropbox allows users to store various types of files and access them without limitations of time and place, it is inferior in online collaboration than SharePoint. Microsoft Office 3665 offers a set of practical tools for business users and makes it easier to make collaboration with teammates and employees in a company. 

For instance, SharePoint users can create a site to add new events, such as documents, training videos, notices, etc. to make everyone know. Also, users can set up permissions for different people, such as viewing, editing, and more. Whereas users can only share files or make Dropbox file requests to make collaboration, which cannot meet large organizations’ requirements.

Then, how to transfer files from Dropbox to SharePoint? This ultimate guide shows you 2 methods. The one is to download and upload between clouds; the other is to utilize a free cloud transfer service – MultCloud. Continue to read to learn the details.

Transfer Data from Dropbox to SharePoint via Downloading

The download-and-upload method might be the first choice for most users when they want to migrate data from one cloud to another. As long as the internet connection is available and stable, users can apply this solution. Although it might consume much time, the data can be moved from Dropbox to SharePoint successfully. Let’s do it together:

Step 1: Sign in to your Dropbox account on the web or client desktop app and locate the data you want to migrate.

Step 2: Download the data to your local device.

Download from Dropbox
Download from Dropbox

Step 3: Log in to your Office 365 and go to SharePoint Online. Then head to the directory where you want to store the data. We use Communication Site as an example. Then, you can click on Documentary Library to Upload the data to SharePoint.

Upload to SharePoint
Upload to SharePoint

Alternatively, you can drag and drop the downloaded data to the interface of SharePoint. This would also make files upload to SharePoint successfully. And the file size depends on the upload time. If you have a large number of files to upload, then it will cost lots of time. Meanwhile, the process might be stuck when the internet is disrupted.

This is how to transfer Dropbox files to SharePoint via downloading and uploading. Anyway, if you only have a small number of files, you can try this method. If not, then you may need to apply another method that I will mention in the following content.

Transfer Data from Dropbox to SharePoint without Downloading

If you have lots of files to transfer from Dropbox to SharePoint, then it’s better to utilize a professional cloud transfer service called MultCloud. This service offers users a platform to manage multiple cloud services easily, such as Google Drive, Google Photos, Wasabi, OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Flickr, MEGA, and so on.


As a smart cloud-to-cloud transfer service, MultCloud has the following benefits:

  • Industry-Leading Transfer Speed. MultCloud not only offers users a direct way to move various files between clouds, but also helps users to migrate data as quickly as possible even though there’re a large number of files.
  • Transfer Automatically between Clouds. Users can make scheduled transfer tasks to let them run at a regular time, daily, weekly, or monthly. In this way, you don’t need to oversee each task, which could save your time.
  • Transfer Data in the Background. Different from competitors, MultCloud relies on data traffic to migrate files across cloud services. Also, it offers users 5GB of free data traffic per month. That’s to say, you don’t need to worry about the network connection. As long as the task begins, MultCloud would run it till the end even though the connection is disrupted.

So, how to transfer Dropbox to SharePoint via MultCloud? We will walk you through the steps in the following content.

Step 1: Create a MultCloud account for free. Alternatively, you can sign in with your Google account.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2: Press the Add Cloud button on the left sidebar, then add Dropbox and SharePoint Online, respectively, by following the instructions shown to you on the next screen.

Add SharePoint Online and Dropbox
Add SharePoint Online and Dropbox

Step 3: Now, click on the Cloud Transfer on the left navigation bar. Then choose Dropbox as the source directory and SharePoint Online as the target directory. After that, you can Transfer Now.

Transfer Data from Dropbox to SharePoint Online
Transfer Data from Dropbox to SharePoint Online

Even though you have large numbers of files, you can make the complete transfers, which means all data on Dropbox can be migrated to SharePoint Online in a hassle-free and quick way. Likewise, you can make data migration between other clouds. For instance, if you intend to transfer an S3 bucket to another account, you can try the Cloud Transfer feature of MultCloud.

On top of that, MultCloud has many other wonderful features, such as Cloud Backup, Cloud Sync, Remote Upload, and more. And there’re details:

  • Cloud Backup. If you want to backup precious data between cloud services, this feature can work it out effortlessly. It offers a leading transmission speed and allows you to backup large files as fast as possible.
  • Cloud Sync. MultCloud offers 9 smart sync modes, such as “Cumulative Sync”, “Mirror Sync”, “Move Sync”, “Real-Time Sync”, and so on. You can choose the mode that suits you most.
  • Remote Upload. If you want to upload or download URL links, torrent files, or magnet links to any cloud, this function can do you a favor. For example, you can download directly to Google Drive.

Final Words

That’s all about how to transfer data from Dropbox to SharePoint Online. Anyway, you can try the download-and-upload method if you don’t mind a troublesome download-and-upload process. Or, you can try MultCloud for free, which allows you to move files between clouds seamlessly and quickly.

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