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User Case: How to Sync My iPhone Photos to Dropbox?

Case 1: "Okay, I'm a phone idiot... My iPhone photos were uploading automatically to Dropbox before. But today, I noticed that they are no longer uploading. Is there any way to make the automatic photo upload work again?"

Case 2: "How to automatically upload photos from my Android phone to Dropbox. Do you have detailed steps to share?"

Case 3: "My iPhone's memory is almost full, and now I want to sync all the photos on my phone to my Dropbox account, is there a way to do it?"

Why Sync iPhone Photos to Dropbox?

iPhone Photos to Dropbox
iPhone Photos to Dropbox

For every Apple user, the iPhone is used to take photos and videos for granted. Whether you're having a party, a vacation, or something unexpected and spectacular happening, iPhone is perfect for taking photos or videos. But one point that users often worry about is that the photos taken with their iPhones are precious and if they get destroyed or damaged, it will be a huge loss.

Sometimes you accidentally delete photos from your iPhone and wish you had a backup copy of the same. Likewise, you may be excited about a new iOS version and when you update the current version, some data is lost, resulting in the loss or corruption of your iPhone photos.

Fortunately, there are online cloud storage services where you can save your photos and access them for years to come. Services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud are great for storing any data on your iPhone, including your precious photos. Today you will learn how to sync photos from iPhone to Dropbox without any quality loss using the following easy methods.

So, how to sync data in iPhone photos to Dropbox? This article will provide you with 2 sync methods: the Camera Upload option and the common upload way.

Solution 1: Automatically Sync iPhone Photos to Dropbox

In order to solve the shortcomings of the manual method, you can use the "Camera Upload" function provided by Dropbox, which is a function to automatically upload photos from your mobile device to Dropbox.

Step 1. Open the Dropbox mobile app. Enter the "Account" interface.

Step 2. Click "Camera Upload". Then toggle the "Camera Upload" button to the on position.

Step 3. Then give Dropbox permission to access your photos and videos. Then choose what you want to back up and whether you want to use cellular data. 

Turn on Camera Upload
Turn on Camera Upload

Note: Initially, you may want to disable "Use Cellular Data" so that Dropbox will only upload photos when you're connected to Wi-Fi. However, if you don't mind burning data on your mobile plan, feel free to enable the "Use Cellular Data" option.

How to Fix Dropbox Camera Upload Not Working?

When using Dropbox sync iPhone photos to Dropbox, many users will encounter the problem of camera upload not working. At this point, you can use the following ways to solve "Dropbox Not Uploading".

  • Check your internet connection: Ensure that you have a stable and reliable internet connection. Slow or intermittent connectivity can cause problems with uploading files to Dropbox.
  • Update the Dropbox app: Make sure you are using the latest version of the Dropbox app on your device. Updates often include bug fixes and improvements that can help resolve known issues.
  • Check available storage space: Ensure that you have enough storage space available in your Dropbox account to upload new files. If your account is full, you may need to delete some files or upgrade your storage plan.
  • Restart the app and device: Close the Dropbox app completely and restart your device. This can help resolve any temporary glitches or conflicts that may be causing the issue.
  • Check camera upload settings: Open the Dropbox app and go to the settings menu. Verify that the camera upload feature is enabled and configured correctly. You can choose to upload photos and videos over Wi-Fi only or include mobile data, depending on your preferences.
  • Reinstall the Dropbox app: If none of the above steps work, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the Dropbox app on your device. This can often resolve more complex issues or conflicts within the app.
  • Contact Dropbox support: If the problem persists, you can reach out to Dropbox support for further assistance. They have dedicated support channels to help users with technical issues and can provide more specific guidance based on your situation.

Solution 2: Manually Sync iPhone Photos to Dropbox

The upload & download method is always the most classic cloud file migration option, and can also be used to upload mobile phone or computer data to cloud accounts. If you don’t have a lot of data on your iPhone, you can directly upload all the pictures on your phone to your Dropbox account. The following are the detailed operation steps.

Note: Before getting started, you need to make sure the Dropbox app is installed on your phone.

Step 1. Open the Dropbox app, then tap the "Files" tab → tap "+ Create" → tap "Create Folder". After that, you can give this folder a name. This way, after uploading pictures to this folder, you can view them easily.

Create a Folder in Dropbox on iPhone
Create a Folder in Dropbox on iPhone

Step 2. Click "+ Create" again → click "Upload Photos" → select photos and click "Next". After that, make sure to "Upload" the picture to that folder.

Upload Photos to Dropbox on iPhone
Upload Photos to Dropbox on iPhone

Note: If you want to operate the sync process on a computer, you can use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer, and then manually copy the picture data on the phone to the Dropbox folder on the computer (note that you need to keep your computer in sync with the Dropbox cloud data).

iPhone Photos to Dropbox on Computer
iPhone Photos to Dropbox on Computer

The above methods can sync your iPhone pictures to Dropbox. But if you have a lot of photos in your phone that need to be synchronized, the above method will only waste your time, because you need to select multiple photos in batches to upload. In addition, newly generated pictures will not be automatically synced to Dropbox.

Bonus Tip: How to Automatically Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox

As one of the most popular photo storage services, iCloud Photos is favored by many Apple users. Due to the limited storage space on the mobile phone, many Apple users prefer to back up the photos on the mobile phone to the iCloud service. But when syncing iCloud Photos data to Dropbox, many users don't know how to sync photos more efficiently.

Now, the professional multiple cloud storage manager---MultCoud can solve users' problems. The tool can not only consolidate multiple cloud storage accounts into one space, but also provides basic file editing functions, such as copy to, download, share, cut, paste, delete, preview, rename and copy, etc.

In addition, MultCloud also provides core functions such as Cloud Transfer, Team Transfer, Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, Remote Upload, and Sharing to help you transfer, backup or sync between cloud storage services, and even parse torrent files directly to the cloud and share data with others.

  • Perfect Integration: Manage up to 30+ cloud drives centrally;
  • Random Migration: Do one-time or incremental migration according to your own needs;
  • Real-time Sync: Provide 10 custom sync modes to simplify collaboration;
  • Smart Backup: Restore the backed-up data to the previous version at any time;
  • Remote Upload: Directly download URLs, torrent files or magnet links to clouds.

The "Cloud Sync" function provided by MultCloud can assist you in syncing iCloud Photos to Dropbox for you to use on Dropbox.

Step 1. First, you need to register an account with your email address. If you find it troublesome, you can also use your Google or Facebook account to authorize login.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2. After logging in to MultCloud, click "Add Cloud", and then select iCloud Photos and Dropbox to add to MultCloud.

Add iCloud Photos and Dropbox
Add iCloud Photos and Dropbox

Step 3. Select "Cloud Sync", and then select iCloud Photos or other paths in it as the source and Dropbox or a folder in it as the destination respectively. Finally, click "Sync Now".

Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox
Sync iCloud Photos to Dropbox

Before starting the task, you can select a sync mode that meets your needs in the "Options". In addition, the "Schedule" option allows you to set a specific sync time, such as daily, weekly or monthly.


With the above 2 methods, you can easily sync iPhone photos to Dropbox. After, you can better edit and share all your photos using Dropbox. Even, you can use the excellent cloud file manager MultCloud to sync iCloud Photos to your Dropbox account, migrate Dropbox to SharePoint or backup Google Photos to Dropbox, etc.

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