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Overview of Dropbox and iCloud


Dropbox is a leading and fantastic cloud storage service in the market, which not only offers wonderful integrated tools and features for users to store and manage data effortlessly, but also makes it seamless for users to collaborate with colleagues on projects.


iCloud is integrated with Apple products and allows Apple users to save and manage different types of data, such as photos, audio files, videos, documents, etc. in a convenient way. With iCloud, sharing photos with family and editing any type of file become very easy and simple.

Both Dropbox and iCloud are wonderful and brilliant. And Dropbox is most used on Windows, while iCloud is more used on Mac and other Apple devices. Due to the excellent features that both Dropbox and iCloud offer, many users are taking advantage of both two cloud services.

Why Backup Dropbox to iCloud

However, you are supposed to back up data from Dropbox to iCloud in some circumstances. And there are some reasons why you need to do so:

  • Dropbox has poor privacy, which lacks zero-knowledge encryption. Also, the company has admitted that it can access and share users’ data with others if it wants. Contrastingly, iCloud uses end-to-end encryption to keep your data safe, and only you can access your data.
  • Although Dropbox offers various features for users to work on their data, it is fairly expensive compared to iCloud. And Dropbox has different plans, which would make you feel frustrated. In contrast, plans of iCloud are simpler and more cost-effective for home consumers.
  • Dropbox only offers 2GB of free storage space, which is much less than 5GB of free storage that iCloud provides. So, you can backup Dropbox to iCloud and then free up the free storage space of Dropbox.
  • Dropbox doesn’t come by default with Apple products. Thus, if you are Apple heavy user, it will be a little struggled to use Dropbox as the main storage service. While iCloud is built into Apple devices, which would be more convenient for Apple heavy users.

Because of various reasons above, you now have a basic idea of why back up files/folder from Dropbox to iCloud. Then, you may wonder can I back up Dropbox to iCloud? Sadly, both two cloud services don’t offer the backup feature between each one directly. So, how to back up data from Dropbox to iCloud? Then read the following content to learn 2 major methods.

How to Backup Dropbox to iCloud

In this part, 2 basic ways are offered for you to make the backup task from Dropbox to iCloud. One is the download-and-upload method; the other is using Dropbox and iCloud drive folder. After reading, you can choose the best one according to your situation.

Way 1: Download and Upload

Commonly, if you don’t install Dropbox and iCloud desktop apps on your computer/Mac, you can download the data you want to backup from Dropbox, and then upload the data to iCloud. The steps to achieve this are very simple, and you can follow the operations below:

Step 1: Log in to your Dropbox and locate the file/folder you want to backup.
Step 2: Tick the box ahead of the file/folder and then select the Download button. In this way, the file/folder will be transferred to your local devices.

Download from Dropbox
Download from Dropbox

Step 3: Sign in to your iCloud on the web and click the iCloud Drive icon.

iCloud Drive
iCloud Drive

Step 4: Now, you can directly drag and drop what you have downloaded from Dropbox to the interface of iCloud Drive. Alternatively, you can also hit the upload icon on the upper side to upload what you’ve downloaded from Dropbox.

Upload to iCloud
Upload to iCloud

Note: If you decide to use this method, you need to be patient during the download-and-upload process. And this method may consume much of your time.

Way 2: Backup Dropbox to iCloud by Drive Folder

If you have already installed Dropbox and iCloud on your computer/Mac, then you can directly take advantage of the drive folder. Because once you install Dropbox, there will be a Dropbox folder on your Mac/computer automatically. So does iCloud. Then, you can backup from Dropbox to iCloud in this way:

Step 1: Locate both Dropbox folder and iCloud folder on Mac Finder/Windows Explorer.
Step 2: Simply drag and drop the Dropbox folder to the iCloud folder. Then the data on Dropbox will be backed up to iCloud.

Note: You need to care more about the internet connection during the backup process. And if the network is disconnected, the backup process will be badly influenced.

To sum up, both methods can help backup data from Dropbox to iCloud. Meanwhile, if you want to sync Dropbox to iCloud, you can also refer to the two solutions.

Bonus Tip: How to Backup Dropbox to Another Cloud

You’ve learned the way to backup Dropbox to iCloud. While due to the limitations of Dropbox that are mentioned at the beginning of this article, some users may want to back up Dropbox to other alternatives as well.

Specifically speaking, if some want to backup Dropbox to Amazon S3, or backup Dropbox to Google Drive, how to achieve that? Is there any efficient way to backup data from Dropbox to another cloud directly? The answer is Yes! In this case, you can use a professional cloud file manager, MultCloud.


MultCloud is an excellent cloud to cloud backup service that allows users to back up data from one cloud to another easily and efficiently. At present, there’re more than 30 major cloud services that MultCloud supports, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Backblaze, Box, pCloud, MEGA, Flickr, Google Photos, OneDrive, etc.

Little Tip: MultCloud currently doesn’t support iCloud and you can’t backup Dropbox to iCloud with MultCloud. But MultCloud will support iCloud in the near future.

With MultCloud, users not only can share a Dropbox folder, upload files to OneDrive, sync Google Photos to PC, but also back up files across clouds seamlessly. Now, you can follow the steps below to learn the effortless way to backup Dropbox to another cloud with MultCloud:

Step 1: Sign up for a MultCloud account free and sign in then.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2: Press Add Cloud on the left taskbar, then add Dropbox and another cloud you want to backup to. Here, take Google Drive as an example.

Add Dropbox and Google Drive
Add Dropbox and Google Drive

Step 3: Go to Cloud Backup on the left side. Next, choose Dropbox as the source directory and Google Drive as the target directory. Finally, click Backup Now.

Backup Dropbox to Google Drive
Backup Dropbox to Google Drive

Why Choose MultCloud to Backup between Clouds:

  • MultCloud offers a seamless and quick way to backup data across clouds and avoids frequent account shifting.
  • The Restore feature of MultCloud gives you a reliable way to recover data if your original data is missing somehow.
  • MultCloud is based on data traffic to backup data between clouds. Thus, once the backup task starts, MultCloud can run it in the background even if your computer shuts down.

In the End

In a word, you can backup Dropbox to iCloud by downloading and re-uploading, or using the Dropbox and iCloud drive folder. Meanwhile, if you want to backup Dropbox to another cloud, you can ask a third-party service, MultCloud, for help, which just offers you a direct way to backup data from cloud to cloud.

On top of Cloud Backup, MultCloud also provides other professional features such as Cloud Transfer, Remote Upload and Cloud Sync. For instance, if you want to sync Dropbox with NAS, the Cloud Sync feature can do you a favor.

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