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How To Automatically Backup iOS Photos (and Videos) to Dropbox



If you have heard of Dropbox, or use it, you are aware that the program is designed to keep your files synced across a litany of devices. It even includes an online storage element that provides 2GB for free. You might not be aware of the fact that you can also have your iOS device upload photos and videos to your Dropbox automatically. This saves you time from manually having to upload, and provides a good backup solution for the files in addition to any other backup strategy you may have.

Interested in setting up the automatic upload? Here’s how to do it. (Note: A free Dropbox account is required and can be set up here.)

Install Dropbox On To Your iOS Device

Launch the iOS App Store from your device and search for “Dropbox.” Tap on the Install icon and enter enter your password if it is required.

Dropbox App Store


Run the App

Tap the Dropbox app to launch it.

Dropbox iOS


After launching the app, a “Welcome to Dropbox” image will appear. Tap “Start” in the upper right hand corner.

iOS Dropbox

Provide your login information from the next screen. If two-factor authentication is enabled, then it will ask for a code that will be messaged to the phone.

iOS Dropbox Two Factor


After logging in, the Camera Upload feature will automatically load.

Configure Camera Upload

From the next screen, Dropbox will ask if Camera Upload should be used, and if the user wants to use it over Only Wi-Fi (useful if unlimited data is not available) or Wi-Fi + Cell (if unlimited data is available).

Dropbox iOS camera upload


After making the selection, tap Enable in the upper right. The app will continue to load and automatically begin uploading photos and videos from the phone.

iOS Camera Upload Dropbox

iOS Dropbox Camera Upload


That is all there is to it! Every time a new picture or video is added to the device’s Camera Roll launching the Dropbox app triggers the upload. Now photos and videos are safely stored online (where they can be easily shared and saved), as well as on the iOS device!



  1. Sandeep C

    06/02/2013 at 10:29 pm has totally replaced dropbox for me…has the same great functions with larger storage and no limits on uploads/downloads…even the corporate accounts are cheaper!

  2. Danielle

    06/04/2013 at 9:05 pm

    Dropbox is ok but with the outage they had recently it is becoming less and less reliable. Nice article though explaining these features.

    Speaking of Dropbox, a good alternative thats getting abuzz right now is Apparently its functions are the same as Dropbox’s but it is a bit more secure because files are encrypted on your end before they are uploaded.

    Also they’re giving everyone 15GB to start with free for life, 20GB with a referral. If anyone wants to start with that extra +5GB, you could use my referral code and we’ll both get a bonus.

    15GB +5GB = 20 GB

    Thanks guys!

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