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Nowadays, cloud storage tools including Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, MEGA, Flickr, etc are becoming more and more popular to help users save files, documents, pictures, projects, etc. To avoid data loss, we might need to select a suitable cloud among these clouds to save important files and data. Dropbox and OneDrive are both excellent cloud drives and many users have signed up for more than one cloud to save data due to the unique features each cloud storage service has.

Why Move Files from Dropbox to OneDrive?


Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. It offers 2 GB of free storage space for free uses and users can gain more free storage space by inviting people.

OneDrive, known as SkyDrive was made by Microsoft. This cloud storage is a good option for those who like to keep things simple. It has been integrated into Windows 8 and higher. Also, OneDrive can be also installed on the cellphone. The most important one is it offers 5 GB of storage for free to save data.

In addition to OneDrive providing more storage space, the following factors drive users to transfer Dropbox to OneDrive:

  • OneDrive is more affordable: The paid plans on OneDrive are much cheaper than what you get from Dropbox. For example, you only need to spend $6.99 to get 1TB of space per month on OneDrive, while the same amount of space on Dropbox costs $9.99 per month.
  • Office 365 is not compatible with Dropbox: If you just got an Office 365 product using the OneDrive service. It should be noted at this time that Dropbox is not available for Office 365.
  • Data transfer between accounts: You need to move files from your Dropbox Business account to your OneDrive account. This is very common for freshly graduated college graduates. Or you need to transfer work documents from a public Dropbox account to a personal OneDrive account. This is also important when you need to stay away from the office Dropbox and handle certain documents in person.
  • Data security: For security purposes, you can store files on multiple cloud storage platforms. In this way, you can recover in time when data is damaged or lost.

These are some of the reasons why people transfer files from Dropbox to OneDrive. There are many users seeking ways to sync from Dropbox to OneDrive with ease. 

How to Move Files from Dropbox to OneDrive Free?

In this article, we will show you how to copy files from Dropbox to OneDrive in 3 free methods.

Method 1. Migrate Files from Dropbox to OneDrive by Copy and Paste

Step 1. Click the "Start" icon to check whether the Dropbox and OneDrive applications are installed on Windows.

Step 2. Right-click the Dropbox icon (located in the lower right corner of the menu bar). Then go to settings cog> Preferences.

Dropbox Preferences
Dropbox Preferences

Step 3. On the Sync tab, uncheck “Let my admin manage this setting”. Click "Selective Sync" to select the folders to sync. These folders will be synced to the specified Dropbox folder location.

Selective Sync
Selective Sync

Step 4. Only the folder you selected will be synced. You can choose “Select All” or tick to select a single folder> Update. Then you will be prompted to update the selective sync settings> OK.

Step 5. The folders/files you chose to sync will now be displayed in the computer location you specified in the previous step (the default is C Drive). You can then copy these files and folders from this desktop location to your OneDrive.

Method 2. Migrate Files between Dropbox and OneDrive by Downloading and Uploading

Step 1. Sign in to your Dropbox account.
Step 2. Click “Files”, select the files you want to move, and click the “Download” button to download these files to your computer.

Download from Dropbox
Download from Dropbox

Step 3. Sign in your OneDrive account.
Step 4. Click the “Upload” button and select files downloaded on your PC to upload them to your OneDrive account.

Upload to OneDrive
Upload to OneDrive


  • You should be patient. The size of the files being downloaded will affect the time.
  • Your Internet connection also affects the download speed.
  • You cannot close the page otherwise everything will start from scratch.

Method 3. Move Files from Dropbox to OneDrive with MultCloud  [Recommend]

Using the above two methods can help migrate files from Dropbox to OneDrive but it may take some time to complete if you have a lot of files to transfer. To move from Dropbox to OneDrive in an easier and simpler way, MultCloud is definitely a great choice to help you make it.

MultCloud is a FREE cloud-to-cloud file transfer manager tool based on the web that can help users manage multiple cloud drives in one place and transfer files across cloud drives directly without downloading and uploading.

It supports more than 30 cloud drives at present including Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, MEGA, Flickr, Google Photos, etc. The below parts will guide you on how to move Dropbox files to OneDrive step by step.

Step 1. Create one MultCloud account.

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Sign Up

Step 2. Add Dropbox and OneDrive accounts to MultCloud by clicking “Add Cloud”.

Add Dropbox and OneDrive
Add Dropbox and OneDrive

Step 3. Create one “Cloud Transfer” task to transfer from Dropbox to OneDrive. Click the “Cloud Transfer” button, the select directory you want to move as the source, click destination under OneDrive as the target, click “Transfer Now” and wait for the process to complete.

Move Files from Dropbox to OneDrive
Move Files from Dropbox to OneDrive


  • If you want to move the entire Dropbox to OneDrive, you can select Dropbox as the source when creating the transfer task. Meanwhile, this way can also help move files from Dropbox to OneDrive for Business.
  • Be sure to have enough cloud storage to store your files. If the space is not sufficient, the transfer will fail.
  • If you want to exclude some files during the transfer process, you could upgrade your account to a premium account so you can use the “Filter” feature.
  • After upgrading your account to a premium account, you will enjoy faster transfer speed compared to the free account because MultCloud supports 10 threads to transfer your files at once.
  • As long as the task starts, you can close the page and even shut down your PC because MultCloud can run your task in the background.


You can move files from Dropbox to OneDrive finally through the above methods. If you prefer to use the second method, you may find it’s not an application but a web-page tool and it won’t ask you to use the download and upload process to transfer files. So, MultCloud is very easy to use. In addition to the “Cloud Transfer” feature, it also has an explorer-type function and a “Cloud Sync” feature.

For explorer-type function, you can do many operations including “Cut”, “Move”, “Download”, “Remote Upload”, “Share”, “Delete”, “Rename”, and so on, just like you are doing the operations on your cloud. If you want to upload to Google Drive from URL, you can use the “Remote Upload” feature.

For “Cloud Sync”, allows you to create sync relationships between clouds. It supports one-way sync and two-way sync modes now. For example, if you want to sync from Google Photos to OneDrive, you can make full use of this function.

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