Why Sync Google Drive and Dropbox?

As you may know, Google Drive and Dropbox are two popular cloud drives. They are different in many aspects, such as price, size, function, performance, etc. Some users choose between these two cloud drives due to service differences, and some users simply use these two cloud drives at the same time to achieve complementary functions.

In order to give you a better understanding of the differences between these two cloud storage services, this article lists a few points for reference only.

  Google Drive Dropbox
Free Storage 15GB 2GB
Premium Storage 100 GB – 30 TB 1 – 2 TB (unlimited amount for business subscriptions)
Security 128-bit encryption 256-bit encryption
Pricing for 2 TB $99.99 (annual) $119.88 (annual)
Sync Downloads and uploads the entire document to sync it Sync changes to the file in blocks, it's much faster
Desktop app Windows, macOS Windows, macOS, Linux
Mobile app Android, iOS Android, iOS
User count Approx one billion Over 500 million

Since these two cloud drives each have their own advantages, it is difficult to make a choice. If you are just for a data backup, both Google Drive and Dropbox can meet your needs, whether it is syncing Google Drive to Dropbox or syncing Dropbox to Google Drive.

If you have the above-mentioned needs, keep reading and you will learn 2 free ways to realize moving files from Dropbox to Google Drive or Google Drive to Dropbox. We will take syncing from Google Drive to Dropbox as an example.

Sync Google Drive with Dropbox in Traditional Way

The traditional way to sync between Google Drive and Dropbox is to use the "Download" and "Upload" method. In other words, you need to download files you need from Google Drive to your local drive first, then upload them manually to the destination Dropbox account. Following below steps to complete the operation.

Step 1. Sign in your Google Drive account.
Step 2. Select files or folders you want to download, select the "Download" button from the drop-down window, and wait for the process to complete.

Download Files from Google Drive
Download Files from Google Drive

Step 3. Sign in to your Dropbox account, click the "Upload Files" button, and select files downloaded to your local drive to upload them to your Dropbox account.

Upload Files under Dropbox
Upload Files under Dropbox


  • After downloading the folders to your PC, they will be converted to the corresponding filename.zip files.
  • If you want to upload folders directly to your Dropbox account, then you need to extract them first.

It is available to sync files between Google Drive and Dropbox using the download and upload feature. However, the whole process can be energy-consuming and time-wasting. You cannot close the page until the process is complete and the most important one is that the time it takes depends on the Internet. So, is there any tool that has the feature to bypass above situation?

Sync Google Drive with Dropbox in an Advanced Way

Here a FREE web-based multiple cloud storage manager, MultCloud, is highly recommended, which enables you to achieve Dropbox OneDrive sync seamlessly without downloading and uploading. Currently, it covers more than 30 leading clouds, which could help you manage multiple cloud accounts in one platform and sync files from one cloud to another in one click. In detail, here are what MultCloud can do for you.

  • Efficient: one-key cloud-to-cloud sync, transfer, backup.
  • Offline: transfer cloud data directly without going through local storage.
  • Fast: migrate unlimited data with up to 10 threads. 
  • Automatic: execute cloud task as you scheduled in daily, weekly or monthly.

Next, you'll learn how to use MultCloud to sync Google Drive to Dropbox.

Step 1. Create One MultCloud Account

Create a MultCloud account freely and sign in. If you already have a MultCloud account, you can directly click “Log in”.

Create an account
Create an account

Step 2. Add Clouds to MultCloud

Add Google Drive account in MultCloud. And then, add a Dropbox account in MultCloud.

Add Google Drive and Dropbox
Add Google Drive and Dropbox

Step 3. Sync Google Drive to Dropbox with "Cloud Sync"

Click “Cloud Sync” to enter the following window.

Cloud Sync
Cloud Sync

Step 4. Apply Google Drive with Dropbox Sync Task

Click “FROM” interface to add Google Drive as the source and click “TO” interface to add Dropbox as the destination. Then, click "Sync Now" to commit the sync task.

Sync Google Drive with Dropbox
Sync Google Drive with Dropbox


  • Click “Options” in the pop-up window under the “General” tab, you could choose your favorite one among different sync modes. For "One-way Sync", you can choose from Simple Sync, Mirror Sync, Move Sync, Cumulative Sync, Update Sync, Incremental Sync, and Full Backup Sync. 
  • If you need to replicate added, modified, and deleted files in the source directory to the target directory and replicated, modified, and deleted files in the target directory to the source directly, choose "Two-way Sync". If you want to sync automatically when any changes occurs, "Real Time Sync" is a good choice.
  • Under the “Email” tab, you could enable "Email Notification" so you will receive the email notification no matter whether the task is complete or not.
  • When you upgrade your account to a premium account, you could specify the files that you need to exclude or include by setting the “Filter” option.

After syncing process is complete, you could click on "Task List" to manage your sync task.

Manage Task
Manage Task

Wrap Things Up

Following any way above, it can help you sync Google Drive with Dropbox easily. If you prefer to use the second method, you may find that MultCloud has many advanced features including "Cloud Transfer", "Cloud Sync", "Remote Upload (directly download the file from its link and upload  to the target cloud service)", etc. 

With the features mentioned above, you can migrate from Dropbox to OneDrive with "Cloud Transfer" and manage multiple OneDrive accounts on the same PC with other features, such as “Share”, “Download”, “Preview”, “Copy” or “Copy to” and so on.

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