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How to download files or folder from Dropbox?

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Dropbox was established in 2007 by two MIT graduates, Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Dropbox is currently one of the biggest cloud-based storage company with north of 500 million registered users. It also has offices in various other locations worldwide including Dublin, London, New York, among others.

In this article, we will explain how you can download files and folders from Dropbox on the PC and the smartphone app.

How to download files and folder on Dropbox on PC?

To download a file or folder from Dropbox, follow the steps mentioned below. Step 1: Open Dropbox and then log in on your account.

Step 2: Click on the three horizontal dots menu icon to the right of the selected file or folder.

Step 3: On the drop-down menu, click on Download.

Once you are done with the process, the downloading will start, and you can access the file at the download location. Remember, the file will be compressed, so make sure that you have adequate software to decompress the file. Most operating systems come with built-in decompression software.

Note that you can download only folders that are 20GB or less in size and have less than 10,000 files in them.

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How to download files and folder from the Dropbox app?

In case you want to download the files and folder from the Dropbox app, follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Open the Dropbox app.
  • Long press the file or files that you want to download.
  • Tap on the three-dot menu button at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap on Save to Device and then tap on Export.

Note: This method works only if you want to download the file or files and does not work on the folders. To download files from a folder, you will have to open the folder and then long-press the files to select them (multiple files can be selected and downloaded at once). Then you can tap on the three-dot icon at the top right and can download the files. Look at the screenshot above to get an idea. If there are too many files to download, we recommend that you download them from the website.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: