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User Case: Can I Perform iCloud to Dropbox Sync?

iCloud and Dropbox Sync
iCloud and Dropbox Sync

☞ "How can I easily save or sync iCloud to Dropbox or vice versa?"

☞ "How to sync iCloud files with Dropbox so as to share Dropbox files with non-users easily?

Why Do I Need iCloud to Dropbox Sync?

Both iCloud and Dropbox are cloud storage services that allow users to store and access their files from any device with an internet connection. However, there may be times when syncing files between the two services is necessary. Here are three reasons why syncing iCloud and Dropbox accounts can be beneficial:

► Backup redundancy: Syncing iCloud and Dropbox accounts provides an additional layer of security by creating a backup of your files. This backup redundancy ensures that your important data is backed up in multiple locations, protecting against potential data loss. Knowing that your data is safe can provide peace of mind, especially for users who store sensitive information.

► Cross-platform access: While iCloud is primarily designed for use with Apple devices, Dropbox is a cross-platform service that can be accessed from any device. By syncing your iCloud and Dropbox accounts, you can ensure that your files are accessible from any device, regardless of the platform. This can be particularly useful for users who work on both Apple and non-Apple devices.

► Collaboration with non-iCloud users: If you need to collaborate with someone who does not use iCloud, syncing your iCloud and Dropbox accounts can be an effective solution. Dropbox offers a range of collaboration features, such as shared folders and Dropbox file requests, that can be used to collaborate with anyone, regardless of whether they use iCloud or not. By syncing your accounts, you can easily share files and collaborate with others, even if they don't use iCloud.

Overall, syncing files between iCloud and Dropbox can help you achieve backup redundancy, access files across different platforms, and collaborate with non-iCloud users. With the right tools and approach, syncing files between the two services can be a practical solution for managing your data.

[3 Ways] How to Perform iCloud to Dropbox Sync?

Different user scenarios require different solutions. This article gives detailed operation steps based on 3 different user usage scenarios, so you can choose the appropriate method according to your needs.

Solution 1: Perform iCloud to Dropbox Sync on iPhone/iPad

If you're using an iPhone or iPad, instead of downloading files from iCloud Drive to your computer and then uploading them to Dropbox, you can simply transfer files between the two services directly from your iPhone or iPad. Specific steps are as follows:

Step 1. Open iCloud Drive, select a file, and click the share button in the lower left corner.

Choose Files from iCloud Drive and Share on iPhone
Choose Files from iCloud Drive and Share on iPhone

Step 2. Select "Save to Dropbox" and choose where to save the file.

Step 3. After setting the location, click "Save". Your file will be synced to your Dropbox and you can now edit it in Dropbox if you want.

Save iCloud Drive Files to Dropbox on iPhone
Save iCloud Drive Files to Dropbox on iPhone

Solution 2: Perform iCloud to Dropbox Sync on Mac

If you're using an Apple computer, you can sync iCloud and Dropbox data directly from the macOS Finder using a simple drag-and-drop operation, as long as iCloud data is synced to your Mac.

Step 1. Open "Finder" from your Mac.

Step 2. Click iCloud Drive in the sidebar. Select the files and folders to move.

Step 3. Drag the file to Dropbox in the sidebar of the Finder window.

Drag iCloud Files to Dropbox on Mac
Drag iCloud Files to Dropbox on Mac

If you need to sync Dropbox to iCloud Drive, just drag and drop the data in Dropbox to iCloud Drive.

Solution 3: Perform iCloud to Dropbox Sync on Windows

If you're using Windows, there are 2 ways to sync iCloud and Dropbox from a Windows computer: using a web browser or using Apple's iCloud for Windows app. But you'd better use a web browser because Sometimes iCloud Drive doesn't work well with Windows systems.

Step 1. Log in to your iCloud account via the website, and find the files you want to sync, such as files in iCloud Drive.

Step 2. Click the file you want to transfer, and then click the "Download" button. Your computer will download the files and save them in the default folder.

Download from iCloud Drive
Download from iCloud Drive

Step 3. Open a new tab in the browser, enter the Dropbox webpage, and log in.

Step 4. Find the corresponding location, and then synchronize the downloaded data to Dropbox.

Upload to Dropbox
Upload to Dropbox

Bonus Tip: How to Sync iCloud Photos and Dropbox Automatically?

If you need to automatically sync the data in iCloud Photos to Dropbox, you can try a professional cloud-to-cloud sync tool---MultCloud. This tool not only connects iCloud Photos and Dropbox, but also helps you sync, transfer or backup data between these two services.

Compared with traditional sync methods, the "Cloud Sync" function provided by MultCloud has the following obvious advantages.

  • Scheduled Sync: Users can set a schedule for automatic sync between cloud storage services.
  • Offline Sync: Users can initiate a sync task and then close their browser, computer, or the transfer page, and the task will continue to run in the background.
  • Fast Sync: MultCloud supports up to 10 transmission threads simultaneously, significantly speeding up the sync process.
  • Custom Sync: Users can select from 10 different sync modes to suit their requirements.
  • Secure Sync: MultCloud prioritizes the security of user data during the sync process. It does not store any user account data and uses OAuth authorization and 256-bit AES encryption to ensure secure data transfer.


It is also worth mentioning that MultCloud not only supports iCloud Photos and Dropbox, but also supports other popular cloud services, such as Dropbox, Dropbox Business, Google Photos, OneDrive, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Flickr, pCloud, Amazon S3, Wasabi, even NAS, WebDAV, FTP/SFTP, Shared with me and Shared Drive. Therefore, you can add all your cloud accounts to MultCloud for better cloud file migration.

Now, read below to learn how to sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox via MultCloud.

Step 1. Create an account. Go to MultCloud's official website and sign up for an account using your preferred email. Alternatively, you can log in with your Google/Facebook account.

Sign up
Sign up

Step 2. Click "Add Cloud" on the left navigation bar, and tap the iCloud Photos icon to add. Then follow the instructions to grant MultCloud access. Later, do the same to add Dropbox.

Add iCloud Photos and Dropbox
Add iCloud Photos and Dropbox

Step 3. Now, press the "Cloud Sync" button on the left. Then choose the album in iCloud Photos as the source and the folder in Dropbox as the destination. Then, click the "Sync Now" button.

Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox
​Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox

Note: After setting the time in "Schedule", MultCloud can automatically sync data according to the set time.

The process of syncing iCloud Photos to Synology NAS can be done using the same steps mentioned earlier. Furthermore, MultCloud can be used to directly transfer and backup files between different cloud storage services without downloading and uploading files.

In case you are having difficulties downloading files such as study materials, videos, etc., from websites, the "Remote Upload" feature on MultCloud can be used to download/upload files directly from URLs, torrents, and magnet links to cloud storage services. For instance, it is possible to download torrents to Dropbox directly using this feature.


All the necessary information for iCloud to Dropbox sync can be found here. Additionally, with MultCloud, you can effortlessly and effectively synchronize data saved in your iCloud Photos and Dropbox accounts with just a few clicks, manage data among different accounts, and achieve data migration and backup.

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