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Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox
Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox

“Can I sync photos from iCloud to Dropbox and then delete them from iCloud? Since I have a premium plan on Dropbox instead of iCloud. Any suggestion would be helpful. Thank you!” – A Question from Discussion Apple.

iCloud Photos is the storage service that Apple offers for users to store photos, videos, screenshots, etc. With iCloud Photos, users can access and view their pictures without limitations of place and time. However, to some extent, iCloud Photos is not that convenient for Windows users. Contrastingly, Dropbox is practical for both Windows and iOS operating systems.

And that’s when most users utilize both iCloud and Dropbox at the same time. In this situation, syncing photos between two cloud storage solutions is inevitable for better management. But how? The following content offers you 3 simple methods on different devices. After reading, you can take the one that suits you most.

Tip: In case you want to know more about Dropbox vs Google Drive vs iCloud.

How to Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox on Mac/Computer

In this part, you will learn 2 tested methods to sync pictures from iCloud Photos to Dropbox on Mac/Computer. The one is working on iCloud and Dropbox folders, and the other is asking the web apps of iCloud and Dropbox for help. Now, read the following content to learn the step-by-step operations.

Way 1: iCloud and Dropbox Folder

If you are using a Mac, then iCloud is already installed and there will be an iCloud folder on your Finder. All you need to do is to install Dropbox on your Mac. And similarly, there will be a Dropbox folder generated automatically on your Mac as well.

If you are using Windows, then you need to install iCloud and Dropbox respectively on your PC. And then, the iCloud folder and Dropbox folder will display on your computer.

So, now, you can follow the instruction below to continue:

Step 1: Launch your iCloud Photos folder and select the photos you want to sync to Dropbox.

iCloud Drive and iCloud Photos
iCloud Drive and iCloud Photos

Step 2: Open your Dropbox folder.

Dropbox Folder
Dropbox Folder

Step 3: Now, drag and drop the selected photos from iCloud Photos to the Dropbox folder. Once it is performed, the selected pictures will be synced from iCloud Photos to Dropbox automatically.

Tip: Check the Internet connection when dragging and dropping since if it is unstable, the drag-and-drop process will be affected badly.

Way 2: Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox via Web Apps

If there’s no sufficient storage space on your Mac/computer and you don’t want to install any app, then you can turn to their web apps. The main mission is to download images from iCloud Photos and then upload them to Dropbox. And here’s what you should follow:

Step 1: Go to your iCloud on any browser and sign in with your credentials.
Step 2: Head to Photos in the next window.

Go to iCloud Photos
Go to iCloud Photos

Step 3: Select the pictures you want to download, and then click on the download icon (the white cloud with a downward arrow) on the right upper side of the toolbar.

Download from iCloud Photos
Download from iCloud Photos

Step 4: After downloading the images on your Mac/computer, you can then log in to your Dropbox on the web. And upload these photos to Dropbox.

Upload to Dropbox
Upload to Dropbox

Tip: This method works when you only have a few photos to sync. Or, the download-and-upload process can be slow.

How to Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox on iPhone

If you are using iPhone, the way to sync photos from iCloud to Dropbox is much more convenient. Instead of downloading images from iCloud and uploading them to Dropbox, iCloud allows you to sync photos directly by saving. Now, we will walk you through the detailed steps.

Step 1: Launch your iCloud on iPhone, and click on the pic you want to sync. Then press the Send icon on the left corner.

Select Photos to Dropbox
Select Photos to Dropbox

Step 2: Choose the Save to Dropbox button in the pop-up window. After that, select Dropbox as the target directory and tap the Save button on the top right corner. In this way, the selected photo will be saved to Dropbox seamlessly and efficiently. 

Save to Dropbox
Save to Dropbox

Similarly, if you want to sync more photos, you can select multiple pictures and save them to Dropbox.

In a word, you can sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox on Mac/computer by their desktop folders and web apps. And you can utilize the Save function of iCloud to sync photos from iCloud to Dropbox easily.

Bonus Tip: How to Sync Dropbox to Another Cloud

Dropbox is a brilliant cloud storage service for individuals and businesses. However, it only offers 2GB of free storage space for signups. Those who don’t want to upgrade their account might look for methods to sync Dropbox files to another cloud storage service such as OneDrive (5GB of free storage space), Google Drive (15GB of free space), etc., and clear up Dropbox storage space later.

But how to sync Dropbox to another cloud? Commonly, users would download files first and re-upload them. This method is useful but time-consuming when you have large numbers of files to sync. In this case, it’s better to utilize a cloud sync helper – MultCloud.

MultCloud
MultCloud

MultCloud is an advanced service that allows you to sync files from one cloud to another directly and efficiently. With MultCloud, you don’t need to download and upload manually. Instead, you can sync various files automatically. There’re some detailed virtues:

  • Free and Easy to Get Started. MultCloud is easy to use since its basic features are displayed on the left navigation bar clearly. Meanwhile, it offers you free 5GB of data traffic to sync files between clouds.
  • 30+ Cloud Services Supported. MultCloud supports more than 30 main clouds in the market, including Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Google Photos, MEGA, Flickr, Amazon S3, etc.
  • Various Sync Modes Supported. MultCloud allows you to make Mirror Sync, Move Sync, Cumulative Sync, Update Sync, Real-Time Sync, and so on. Each mode has its own features. So, you can apply the proper mode that you need when syncing files across clouds.

Tip: MultCloud will support iCloud soon. And then you can sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox and vice versa effortlessly.

Now, you can refer to the following content to learn how to sync Dropbox to another cloud, taking OneDrive as an example.

Step 1: Create a MultCloud account by your email. Alternatively, you can press Try without signing up to get a temporary one.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2: Tap the Add Cloud tab on the left toolbar, then you will see all the clouds that MultCloud supports recently. Now, you need to add Dropbox and OneDrive respectively by clicking on their icons and following the guidance shown to you.

Add Dropbox and OneDrive
Add Dropbox and OneDrive

Step 3: Press the Cloud Sync button on the left, then choose Dropbox as the source directory and OneDrive as the target directory. At last, Sync Now.

Sync Dropbox to OneDrive
Sync Dropbox to OneDrive

See, when using MultCloud to sync files between clouds, you only need to perform 3 steps. It’s easy, right? Similarly, if you want to sync Google Photos with OneDrive, you can follow the same steps except for the source and target directories.

Conclusion

That’s all about the methods to sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox on Mac/computer and iPhone. Anyway, you can use the iCloud and Dropbox folders, their web apps as well as the built-in “Save” feature. In addition, there’s a tip for you to sync Dropbox with another cloud easily by using MultCloud.

On top of the Cloud Sync feature, MultCloud allows you to upload, download as well as sharing. For example, you can upload a folder to Google Photos with ease by MultCloud. Also, Cloud Transfer, Cloud Backup, and Remote Upload are other three advanced functions that MultCloud offers.

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