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User Case: Can I Transfer Files from Dropbox to iCloud?


"How do I move files from my Dropbox account to iCloud on iOS? Has anyone successfully done this transfer? I can easily sync Dropbox data to iPad but don't know how to transfer Dropbox from iPad to iCloud storage. Thanks in advance for your advice and help."


"Hi, does anyone know of a way to transfer my files from Dropbox to iCloud, preferably on a MacBook Pro? I have enough memory left on my MacBook Pro for the transfer. Are there specific steps?"


Why Need Dropbox to iCloud Migration?

Dropbox to iCloud
Dropbox to iCloud

Dropbox is a cloud service provider comparable to Google Drive and OneDrive. Dropbox works on a variety of devices, including Android, iOS, and Mac, so many users choose to backup files to Dropbox for efficient storage, collaboration, and sharing. In addition, Dropbox also provides users with password-protected file-sharing and note-taking functions, which greatly improves data security.

iCloud is a cloud service developed by Apple that enables users to store and sync data across devices, including Mail, Calendar, Photos, Notes, Contacts, Reminders and so on. In addition, for many Apple users, iCloud is also an advanced integration tool, which not only provides efficient data protection, but also allows users to easily share photos on iCloud.

Overall, Dropbox and iCloud both help you store your data in the cloud, but they differ in the following ways.

Dropbox iCloud
2GB of free storage 5GB of free storage
Supports Android, iOS and Windows, perfect for all devices. Only supports iOS and Mac devices, perfect for Apple devices.
Technical support is only provided to users of subscription plans. Even basic plan users are provided with technical support.
Expensive pricing plans Affordable pricing plans

Because of the difference between the two, many users will need to move Dropbox to iCloud. Perhaps, you also need to migrate data from Dropbox to iCloud for the following reasons.

  • You need more free storage: iCloud offers 5GB of free storage, while Dropbox only offers 2 GB. With iCloud, you can store more files without buying additional storage.
  • You need to integrate well with Apple features: Moving files from Dropbox to iCloud enables you to store and share data on iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac, thanks to the Apple-supported features offered by iCloud.
  • You need data backup: iCloud provides secure cloud storage, so it is a good choice for data backup. Moving your files to iCloud can avoid data loss or corruption in Dropbox.

So, how to migrate from Dropbox to iCloud? This article will give 3 solutions according to different user needs.

Solution 1: Perform Dropbox to iCloud Migration on iPhone or iPad

If you're using an iPhone or iPad, you can easily migrate your Dropbox content to iCloud with just two apps. Specific steps are as follows:

Step 1. Download the Dropbox app from the App Store and log in.

Step 2. In the "Files" app, press to open your Dropbox account. Your regular Dropbox file structure is now available. Press to where you want to start copying to iCloud Drive.

Step 3. Press "Select" in the upper right corner of the screen. You will be given a circle next to each folder.

Step 4. Press to select all the folders you want to copy to iCloud. Once everything is selected, press the folder icon at the bottom of the screen.

Select Dropbox Files on iPhone Files App
Select Dropbox Files on iPhone Files App

Step 5. Once the list of "Locations" is displayed, press to select iCloud Drive.

Step 6. Select your desired location on iCloud Drive. Press "Copy" in the upper right corner of the screen. Files will start copying from Dropbox to iCloud Drive.

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

Solution 2: Perform Dropbox to iCloud Migration on Mac

If you're using an Apple computer, you can download files from the Dropbox website, then use a simple drag and drop to move from Dropbox to iCloud directly from the macOS Finder.

Step 1. Download the Dropbox app and install it.

Step 2. Once the installation is complete on your Mac, you will see a Dropbox shortcut in the Finder sidebar.

Dropbox on Mac
Dropbox on Mac

Step 3. Simply click on the shortcut and press the Command + A keys to select all files in Dropbox and drag them out to your iCloud Drive.

Solution 3: Perform Dropbox to iCloud Migration on Windows

To transfer files from Dropbox on your Windows computer to iCloud, you have two options: using a web browser or Apple's iCloud for Windows app. However, it's recommended to use a web browser as the compatibility between the iCloud app and Windows can be unreliable at times.

Step 1. Enter the Dropbox web page and log in to your account.

Step 2. Find the files that need to be moved and select them. Then, click "Download" at the top of the interface.

Download from Dropbox
Download from Dropbox

Step 3. Open a new tab in the browser, enter the iCloud web page, and log in.

Step 4. Find the corresponding location, and then upload the downloaded Dropbox data to iCloud Drive.

Upload to iCloud
Upload to iCloud

Bonus Tip: How Do I Transfer Photos from Dropbox to iCloud on Any Devices

If you want to quickly transfer photos from Dropbox to iCloud, the best way is to use a cloud file manager---MultCloud. The software is designed to enable users to centrally manage multiple cloud accounts and quickly transfer data between different cloud storage accounts.

  • Automatic Transfer: MultCloud supports users to enable the "Schedule" function to realize automatic cloud-to-cloud transfer.
  • Offline Transfer: After the task starts, you can close the transfer page, even close the browser and computer.
  • Fast Transfer: MultCloud can support up to 10 transmission threads at the same time, which can greatly increase the overall transmission speed.
  • Selective Transfer: MultCloud supports file filtering, so you can selectively transfer or not transfer files with certain extensions.
  • Secure Transfer: During the entire transmission process, MultCloud will not store your account data, and enable the OAuth authorization system and 256-bit AES encryption to ensure transmission security.


In just 3 easy steps, you can easily transfer all your photos from Dropbox to iCloud.

Step 1. Sign up for a MultCloud account. Alternatively, you can log in directly with your Google or Facebook account.

Step 2. Click "Add Cloud" and select the Dropbox icon, then log in with your Dropbox account to add it to MultCloud. After that, add iCloud Photos to MultCloud as well.

Add Dropbox and iCloud Photos
Add Dropbox and iCloud Photos

Note: If you need to transfer pictures in Dropbox Business to your iCloud Photos account, you need to add Dropbox Business to MultCloud.

Step 3. Open the "Cloud Transfer" page, choose photos and videos in Dropbox as the source, and choose a location in iCloud Photos as the destination. Then click "Transfer Now", MultCloud will transfer the selected photos and videos as soon as possible.

Transfer iCloud Photos to Dropbox
Transfer iCloud Photos to Dropbox


  • After swapping source and destination, you can complete iCloud Photos to Dropbox migration.
  • You will get 5 GB of free data every month. If that's not enough for you to transfer Dropbox photos to iCloud, you can upgrade your account for lightning-fast transfer speeds and more data.
  • You can click "Schedule" to set up an automatic photo transfer from Dropbox to iCloud.
Cloud Transfer Schedule
Cloud Transfer Schedule


To implement Dropbox to iCloud migration, simply follow the 3 methods outlined above. However, if you find the process of transferring Dropbox photos to iCloud too complex, you can use MultCloud's "Cloud Transfer" feature to complete the transfer quickly and easily.

MultCloud Supports Clouds

Multcloud Key Features