Does Dropbox Automatically Backup Files?

Dropbox is a cloud-based file storage and collaboration platform that allows users to store, share, and synchronize their files across devices. It supports automatically backing up files and provides Dropbox Backup as a direct solution. When you download and launch the Dropbox desktop app, you can see a prompt that lets you choose whether to auto-backup your computer or external hard drive files with Dropbox.

How to Backup Dropbox Automatically
How to Backup Dropbox Automatically

If you chose not to auto-backup before but now change your mind, you can sign out of the Dropbox desktop app and sign back in to see if the prompt appears again. If you are using an external hard drive, there is an extra operation to eject your device and then insert it.

Perhaps, the above method cannot work for you so you cannot see the auto-backup prompt. Don’t worry! We will show you how to automatically backup files to Dropbox with your computer/external hard drive after setting up in the following part.

How to Backup Local to Dropbox [1 Automatic + 3 Manual]

Except for the Dropbox solution on how to backup Dropbox automatically, this post will also show you 3 other manual ways for you to have more options, including how to backup to Dropbox automatically from your phone.

Way 1: How to Backup Dropbox Automatically by Dropbox Desktop App

As mentioned before, Dropbox has its direct solution for how to backup to Dropbox automatically which is using Dropbox Backup (a paid feature). It is attached to the Dropbox desktop app. So, you need to download the Dropbox desktop app and sign in to the Dropbox account (you can add more than one account to the desktop app) if you do not have it before all the steps.

Step 1: Click the Dropbox logo in the lower taskbar on Windows or the menu bar on Mac.

Step 2: Tap on your profile and choose “Preferences”. Then, navigate to “Backups” and press the “Set up” button.

Dropbox Backup Page
Dropbox Backup Page

Step 3: Choose folders that you want to backup to Dropbox and click “Set up”. Then, these folders will be automatically backed up.

Set up Dropbox Auto Backup
Set up Dropbox Auto Backup


  • If you are using a Mac, select “OK” when asked to permit Dropbox to access your folders.
  • Certain backup syncs provide real-time updates for file and folder changes, while others incorporate changes every 15 minutes.
  • You can also use your computer as usual while the backup is underway.

Way 2: Drag and Drop Files for Dropbox Backup

After having the Dropbox desktop app, you will see a Dropbox folder in File Explorer. Then, you can easily backup files to Dropbox by dragging and dropping.

Step 1: Download the Dropbox desktop app and sign in.

Step 2: Open File Explorer and drag the files you want to backup.

Step 3: Drop the selected files into the Dropbox folder.

Way 3: Manually Backup Local Files to Dropbox on PC

The traditional way to backup files to Dropbox is by manually uploading on the Dropbox web. This way is convenient if you don't have many files to backup. Or, you may have to wait for a long time until the uploading task is done and it relies much on your network stability.

Step 1: Go to the official Dropbox website and sign in to your account.

Step 2: Click "Upload" in the upper taskbar and choose "File" or "Folder" according to your needs.

Upload Files or Folders to Dropbox
Upload Files or Folders to Dropbox

Step 3: Select the files or folders from your computer and click "Open" to start uploading the files or folders to Dropbox.

Way 4: Backup Phone Files to Dropbox

Step 1: Download the Dropbox app on your phone.

Step 2: Open Dropbox and sign in to your account.

Step 3: Click the "+" icon in the lower taskbar and choose "Create or upload file" > "Upload file".

Backup Files to Dropbox on Phone
Backup Files to Dropbox on Phone

Step 4: Choose the file you want to upload on your phone and select which Dropbox folder to save this file. Then, tap "Upload" to start this task.

How to Backup Dropbox Automatically [With Another Cloud]

In addition to automatically backing up your computer files to Dropbox, you may also need to back up files from your cloud drive to Dropbox. Unfortunately, Dropbox does not give a specific solution to this need. But there is a free and competitive cloud management service that you can take advantage of – MultCloud.


MultCloud supports adding 30+ popular clouds to it like Dropbox, Dropbox Business, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, OneDrive, NAS, and so on. To easily transfer files between your added clouds, MultCloud offers some professional functions: Cloud Transfer, Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, and Team Backup. Among them, Cloud Backup is the best one on how to backup Dropbox automatically with another cloud since it can extra record your backup versions and let you restore with your preferred version.

Backup Google Drive to Dropbox by Cloud Backup

Step 1: Sign up for a free MultCloud account.

You can go to the MultCloud official website > click “Get started for free” > enter your email address and password to easily get a new MultCloud account. Or, you can sign in with your Google, Facebook, and Apple account.

MultCloud Sign up

Step 2: Add Dropbox and Google Drive to MultCloud.

After signing up, you will enter the operation page and click “Add Cloud” > choose the Dropbox or Google Drive logo > log in to the cloud > grant access permission to MultCloud.

Add Google Drive and Dropbox
Add Google Drive and Dropbox

Step 3: Choose the backup source and target.

Click “Cloud Backup” > choose Google Drive or the folders/files in the FROM box > choose Dropbox or Dropbox Business in the TO box.

Automatically Backup Google Drive to Dropbox
Automatically Backup Google Drive to Dropbox

Step 4: Check and add backup settings and click “Backup Now” to initiate the task.

Open “Options”:

  • Email: Let MultCloud send you an email after the backing-up task is completed.
  • Filter: Select the files you want or don’t want to backup by their file extensions.
Cloud Backup Filter
Cloud Backup Filter

Open “Schedule”: Set a backup frequency at a fixed time in a day/week/month.

Cloud Backup Schedule
Cloud Backup Schedule

Step 5: Restore Google Drive files.

Navigate to “Task List” > find the backup task > click the 3-line icon > choose “Restore” > finish restore settings > click “OK” to start restoring.

Restore from Dropbox to Google Drive
Restore from Dropbox to Google Drive


  • You can also backup Dropbox files to another cloud drive by Cloud Backup with similar steps above. But this time you will add other cloud accounts to MultCloud and change the source and target clouds.
  • MultCloud uses bandwidth to transfer files and offers 5GB of traffic per month. But you can get from 100 GB/month to lifetime unlimited traffic after purchasing a cost-effective paid plan.


The 5 easy solutions on how to backup Dropbox automatically with another cloud or your computer are shown in the post. You can choose the method that echoes your requirements and follow the corresponding steps. To backup local files to Dropbox, you can download the Dropbox desktop app and use Dropbox Backup, or take advantage of the 3 manual ways. On the other side, if you want to backup files from another cloud like Google Drive, SharePoint, or OneDrive to Dropbox, try MultCloud Cloud Backup.

Can you backup Dropbox to external hard drive?
Yes, you can backup by manually downloading files from Dropbox and uploading them to the external hard drive. Or, set up a sync task on your Dropbox desktop app to backup Dropbox files to the external hard drive.
Can Dropbox automatically backup files?
Yes, you can set up a Dropbox Backup task and let Dropbox automatically backup the files from your computer or external hard drive to Dropbox.
Can I backup Dropbox to another cloud?
You can backup Dropbox to another cloud by MultCloud Cloud Backup. MultCloud is a free cloud-managing service and Cloud Backup is easy to use. You can go with the steps: sign up for a MultCloud account > add Dropbox and another cloud to MultCloud > choose Dropbox as the source and another cloud as the target > start this task. You can refer to the above detailed steps for Google Drive to Dropbox backup.
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