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How to Transfer Files from Dropbox to My Computer/PC?

How do I copy files from Dropbox to my computer or PC without data loss? Look at the following content and you will benefit from three solutions presented in this article.

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Oct. 31, 2019 | 4 mins read

Author Delores


Senior Editor at multcloud.com. A movie lover and always be willing to resolve product-related issues.

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Why Need to Transfer Files from Dropbox to Computer?

Usually, you need to put your all kinds of files like work documents, family photos/pictures, favorite videos, etc. on cloud drives (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and so on) when you do not have enough local storage to save them. However, sometimes, you also want to move your online files back to local devices such as computer, PC, ipad, phone, tablet, notebook, laptop, etc. for the following reasons:

  • You plan to move certain files from Dropbox to another cloud and take local as transit.
  • You are going to switch from Dropbox to other cloud drives.
  • You have to do some work on the docs shared by your colleagues to your Dropbox.
  • You want to transfer some movies from Dropbox to local to watch on your trip in case there is no Wi-Fi connection.
  • You want to have a local copy of very important files for double insurance.
  • More…

But there comes a question on how to save files from Dropbox to computer? You will find three solutions from following parts.

How to Transfer Files from Dropbox to Computer?

As you all know, you can directly transfer pictures from Dropbox to computer. Yet, you can also transfer photos from dropbox to computer making use of sync feature of Dropbox desktop app.

Way 1. How Do I Transfer Files from Dropbox to My Computer by Directly Downloading?

1. Go to https://www.dropbox.com and sign in with your Dropbox account.

2. Go to find the file you want to transfer to PC, click on More (three dots) on the right of the file column and choose Download.

Download from Dropbox Page
Download from Dropbox Page

3. Wait for it finishes. The time it takes to finish the downloading depends on how large the file is and how fast your network is. Finally, you can find the file on your local computer.


  • If you have set a default location to save downloaded files from web, you can find the file you download there; if not, you may be asked to decide where to store the downloading file.
  • You can only download one file or one folder for one time. If you have many different kinds of files to be downloaded, you can create a temporary folder and put all target items in. Then, you just need to select Download for the temporary folder.
  • Folder downloaded from Dropbox to PC is a compressed file. To view its contents, you need to firstly decompress it.

Way 2. How to Transfer Files from Dropbox to PC Using Dropbox App?

If you already have installed Dropbox desktop application and set to sync target files from cloud to local, you can directly find what you want in Dropbox folder on your computer. If not, you have to first of all download it from its official webpage, install it on your computer and sign in your account to open it.

Dropbox Sign in

Dropbox Sign in

Then, click on its icon on the right of the taskbar. A window will pop up; click Settings (gear icon) on its top right and choose Preferences.

Dropbox Preferences

Dropbox Preferences

In Dropbox Preferences window, go to Sync tab. Click Selective Sync button to find the files you want to transfer to your computer.

Dropbox Preferences Selective Sync

Dropbox Preferences Selective Sync


  • If you have been using Dropbox app but not sync the target files before, you can select them to sync now.
  • If you do not want these files to keep synced to local in the future, you can unselect them when it finishes.

Way 3. How to Transfer Files from Dropbox to Computer on MultCloud Platform?

Except for methods above, you can also transfer photos from Dropbox to PC on a platform provided by a FREE third party cloud drive management service called MultCloud.

Why need to rely on MultCloud?

  • In case you cannot enter Dropbox webpage for some reasons.
  • Dropbox desktop APP selective sync feature is unable to connect.
  • If you download files to PC just for transit and you will then upload them to another cloud, you can directly transfer these files from Dropbox to target cloud through MultCloud without downloading and uploading.

Dropbox Selective Sync Unable to Connect

Dropbox Selective Sync Unable to Connect

How to make use of MultCloud?

To make use of MultCloud, first of all, you need to create an account of it. Then, sign in your account to its platform.

Create an account
Create an account

Next, add your Dropbox to its platform. On its Add Clouds tab, in the list of common cloud drives, select Dropbox. Then, just follow the guidance to finish adding Dropbox.

Add Dropbox

Add Dropbox

After successfully adding Dropbox, go to Cloud Explorer and choose Dropbox in the left menu. Then, you can do what you can just like in Dropbox webpage including download/upload files, create new folder, delete an item, rename a file/folder, copy/copy to or cut (move), share a photo/picture, etc.

Dropbox in MultCloud

Dropbox in MultCloud

Tip: MultCloud only allows you to download single file. You can’t download single folder with it.

If you want to migrate files from Dropbox to another cloud drive, you can directly transfer them from Dropbox to destination without first moving them to computer on MultCloud platform using "Cloud Transfer" utility.

Transfer Dropbox to Google Drive

Transfer Dropbox to Google Drive


It is not difficult to see that your problem about how to transfer files from Dropbox to my computer is getting resolved easily following any way above mentioned. You could select one way that suits you most to perform the operation. If you prefer to use the third way with MultCloud, You can make full use of its "Cloud Explorer", "Cloud Transfer" and "Cloud Sync". To learn more about how they work, click the product page to get the information.

MultCloud Supports Clouds

Multcloud Key Features

  • Transfer files in clouds, FTP and WebDav for easily file management & information delivery.

  • Sync two clouds or directories in two clouds through two-way sync or one-way sync.

  • Combine multiple cloud storages into one and manage them like in Windows explorer.