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User Case: How Can I Move Dropbox Files to iCloud

“Hello! Does anyone know of a way to transfer my files from Dropbox to iCloud without downloading them onto my MacBook Pro first? I don’t have enough memory left on my MacBook Pro. Is there an easier way?” – A Question from Apple Community.

Why Move Dropbox to iCloud Drive?

Move Dropbox to iCloud
Move Dropbox to iCloud

Dropbox is one of the most useful cloud services for both individuals and businesses to store and access files without the limitations of time and place. As long as the Internet is accessible, users can navigate their files across multiple devices. Also, Dropbox file request makes it easier to collaborate with others even though others don’t have a Dropbox account. 

Whereas iCloud is the first choice for Apple product users since it is the answer for Apple for online cloud storage. With iCloud, users can save photos, videos, documents, audio files, etc. Similar to Dropbox, iCloud users can access their files anywhere, anytime, and from any device.

Although both Dropbox and iCloud are brilliant, there’re some situations where iCloud works better. For example:

  • iCloud offers more free storage space. Dropbox only offers 2GB of free storage space for each signup, while iCloud provides users with 5GB of free storage space. To some extent, users can store more files on iCloud than Dropbox.
  • iCloud Support is more efficient. If you encounter any problem when using iCloud, you can contact iCloud support team and they will help you as soon as possible. Contrastingly, phone support is only available to Dropbox Business users.
  • iCloud is much cheaper than Dropbox. Dropbox’s cheapest paid plan is $9.99/month for 2TB of storage space. While iCloud starts at $0.99/month for 50GB of storage or 2TB for $9.99/month with no annual commitment.

Tip: View Dropbox vs Google Drive vs iCloud to learn the detailed comparisons.

So, how to transfer Dropbox files to iCloud Drive on iPhone, Mac, and computer? We have got your back for 3 methods offered in the following content.

How to Move Dropbox to iCloud Drive on iPhone

You can follow the operations below to move files from Dropbox to iCloud Drive on iPhone (if you are using an iPad, you can follow the same steps):

Step 1: Install Dropbox on your iPhone, and then sign in to Dropbox with your account.
Step 2: Head to Files app > Browse, and check the Locations.


Step 3: Hit the three dots icon on the top right side to select Edit. enable Dropbox, and hit Done.
Step 4: Click on Dropbox, then you will see Dropbox contents.
Step 5: Press the three dots icon on the top right corner again to Select.
Step 6: Select the files and folders you want to migrate to iCloud Drive. You can also Select All on the top left. After that, click on the three dots icon on the right lower corner to select Copy.

Copy Dropbox Files to iCloud
Copy Dropbox Files to iCloud

Step 7: Now head to Browse again, select a folder in your iCloud Drive, and long-press to select Paste. In this way, the files and folders you copy from Dropbox will be copied to iCloud Drive.

How to Move Dropbox to iCloud Drive on Mac

If you are using Mac, things will be much easier to go through, because Dropbox automatically creates a shortcut in the sidebar of your Finder on Mac. In this situation, you can simply drag and drop files and files from Dropbox to iCloud Drive. But before getting started, make sure that you’ve installed Dropbox and iCloud on your Mac.

Step 1: Launch Finder on your Mac and press the Dropbox icon on the taskbar.


Step 2: Locate and select the files or folders you want to migrate on Dropbox. Then drag and drop them to iCloud Drive on the sidebar in the Finder window.

Move Dropbox to iCloud
Move Dropbox to iCloud

In this way, the selected files or folders will be migrated to iCloud Drive gradually. So, you need to make sure that the Internet connection works well during the transmission process.

How to Move Dropbox to iCloud Drive on PC

If you are using Windows, you can first download files and/or folders on Dropbox and then re-upload them to iCloud Drive. Simply, you can rely on the web app to deliver this goal, so you don’t need to install Dropbox and iCloud on your PC. Now, we will walk you through the details to move Dropbox files to iCloud Drive:

Step 1: Log in to your Dropbox on the web, and locate the files and/or folders you want to move.
Step 2: Select the file and click the three dots icon on the left to select Download. Then the selected file will be downloaded on your PC.

Download from Dropbox
Download from Dropbox

Step 3: Now, head to your iCloud on any browser, then head to iCloud Drive.

Go to iCloud Drive
Go to iCloud Drive

Step 4: Press the upload icon on the upper side to upload what you’ve downloaded from Dropbox.

Upload to iCloud
Upload to iCloud

Bonus Tip: How to Move Dropbox to Other Clouds Easily

There’re many brilliant cloud storage services in the market, such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Photos, Flickr, etc. And it’s common for most users to use multiple cloud services at the same time. However, most people won’t organize their data and cloud services. For better management, transferring between clouds would happen.

However, will you always download and then upload the files from one cloud to another? Although the download-and-upload method is feasible, it is time-consuming and requires a stable network connection during the process. If you have a large number of files and folders to move, this method would drive you crazy.

To improve work efficiency, you can utilize an outstanding cloud file manager – MultCloud. MultCloud is specialized in transferring files across cloud services. At present, MultCloud support more than 30 cloud storage services in the market, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Photos, Flickr, MEGA, Amazon S3, OneDrive for Business, NAS, etc.

Tip: MultCloud will support iCloud later. Then you can move Dropbox to iCloud Drive directly.


There’re many advantages of using MultCloud to move files between clouds:

  • FREE and Easy to Start. MultCloud offers users 5GB of data traffic to move files between clouds. And MultCloud has a simple and plain interface, which is easy to get started.
  • Web-Based Service. MultCloud is a web-based service. So, you don’t need to install any app that will take up space on your PC. Instead, you can utilize it on the web.
  • Leading Transmission Speed. MultCloud provides the best speed when transferring your files across clouds, which means large files can be transferred from one cloud to another as quickly as possible.
  • Scheduled Transfer. MultCloud allows you to set up automatic transfer tasks at a specific time, daily, weekly, or monthly. In this way, your files can be moved as regulated.

Now, you can read the following content to learn how to migrate Dropbox to OneDrive with MultCloud:

Step 1: Register a MultCloud account for free.
Step 2: Head to Add Cloud on the left sidebar. Then add Dropbox and OneDrive respectively.

Add OneDrive and Dropbox
Add OneDrive and Dropbox

Step 3: Proceed to Cloud Transfer, then select Dropbox as the original directory and OneDrive as the target directory. Then, click on Transfer Now.

Transfer Dropbox to OneDrive
Transfer Dropbox to OneDrive


That’s all about how to move Dropbox to iCloud Drive on iPhone, Mac, and computer. After reading, you now can apply the proper method according to your needs. Also, there’s a tip offered for you to migrate files across clouds directly and effortlessly by using MultCloud.

In addition to transferring, MultCloud enables you to backup and sync files across cloud services too. For example, if you want to backup Google Photos to Synology NAS, you can use the Cloud Backup feature of MultCloud.

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