How to Set Up Dropbox on the iPad

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How to Install Dropbox

Dropbox
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Dropbox is a great service that can help free up extra space on your iPad by allowing you to save documents to the web rather than your iPad's storage. This is really great if you want access to a lot of pictures without taking up so much space that you must limit the number of apps you have installed on the device.  More Ways to Save Storage Space on Your iPad.

Another great feature of Dropbox is the ease of transferring files from your iPad to your PC or vice versa. There's no need to fiddle around with the Lightning connector and iTunes, just open Dropbox on your iPad and choose the files you want to upload. Once uploaded, they'll appear in your computer's Dropbox folder.

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To get started, we'll walk through the steps to get Dropbox working on your PC. Dropbox works with Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and it is functionally the same in each of these operating systems. If you don't want to install Dropbox on your PC, you can also download the iPad application and simply register for an account inside the app.

  • First, go to the Dropbox website at www.dropbox.com.
  • Next, you'll want to download the Dropbox application by clicking on the big blue button in the middle of the screen.
  • While it downloads, go ahead and set up a new account. Do this by clicking on the "Sign in" link a the top right of the screen. This will drop down a box with a "Create an account" link. Click this link to get started creating an account. You will only need to supply your name, email address and a password to get started.
  • After you've registered for an account, finish the process by installing the Dropbox app. This specifics of this step will depend on your browser. For example, Internet Explorer 9 will prompt you at the bottom of the screen to run the application after the download, Chrome will simply show the download at the bottom of the screen and Firefox will show the download in a new Downloads window.
  • Once you install Dropbox, you will have access to a special Dropbox folder. Dragging items to this folder will allow you to access them from multiple devices, including other computers.

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Note: Dropbox gives you 2 GB of free space and you can earn 250 MB of extra space by completing 5 of 7 steps in the "Get Started" section. You can also get extra space by recommending friends, but if you really need a jump in space, you can go to one of the pro plans.

Next: Install Dropbox on the iPad

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Installing Dropbox on the iPad

Dropbox iPad App
If you aren't interested in installing Dropbox on your PC, you can also register for an account through the app.

Now it is time to get Dropbox on your iPad. Once set up, Dropbox will allow you to save files to the Dropbox servers and transfer files from one device to another. You can event transfer files to your PC, which is a great way of uploading photos without going through the hassle of connecting your iPad to your PC.

  • First, you will need to download the Dropbox app. It is a free download from the App Store.
  • Next, you will want to log in using the same email and password you used registering with the website. This will link your iPad to Dropbox and you shouldn't need to log in again.
  • After logging in, you will be asked if you want to automatically upload all of your photos and videos to Dropbox. You can also turn this on later, so if you are unsure, go ahead and decline. You can turn the feature on and off through the settings button at the bottom of the Dropbox application.

The Dropbox folder on your PC acts like any other folder.  This means you can create subfolders and drag and drop files anywhere in the directory structure, and you can access all of these files using the Dropbox app on your iPad.   

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Let's Transfer a Photo From Your iPad to Your PC

Now that you have Dropbox working, you might want to upload some of your photos to your Dropbox account so you can access them from your PC or your other devices. To do this, you'll need to go into the Dropbox applications. Unfortunately, there is no way to upload to Dropbox from the Photos app.

  • First, tap the Uploads tab at the bottom of the screen. It is located between Favorites and Settings.
  • Next, touch the button with the plus sign (+) at the top left corner of the screen. Touching this button will drop down a menu letting you choose which photos to upload. If you have multiple albums, you will first need to choose which album and then you will be presented with a list of the photos.
  • Touch all of the photos you want to upload. You don't need to upload them one at a time.
  • Choose a folder at the bottom of the screen. By default, they will go into your Dropbox folder, but you may want to store your photos in a specific folder. You can even create a new folder from the menu presented after tapping the destination folder button.
  • Upload the photos. Don't forget to tap the blue Upload button at the top right corner of the upload menu. Tapping this button begins the upload process, and once done, the photos will be saved on the web and ready to be access by your PC or any other device with Dropbox loaded on it.

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You Can Also Share Folders in Dropbox

Do you want to let your friends see your files or photos?  It's very easy to share an entire folder within Dropbox.  When inside a folder, simply tap the Share button and choose Send Link.  The Share button is the square button with the arrow sticking out of it.  After choosing to send the link, you will be prompted to send via a text message, email or some other sharing method.  If you choose "Copy Link", the link will be copied to the clipboard and you can paste it into any app you want such as Facebook Messenger.   

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