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Simple, secure photo transfer with the Dropbox mobile app

Quickly transfer photos between mobile or desktop devices to preserve your memories and free up space.

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Transfer photos from your mobile to your PC

A photo transfer app can streamline how you save and back up photos from your mobile devices. Have you ever: 

  • Switched to a new phone or device, or changed service providers?
  • Needed to access or edit photos taken on a mobile device on your laptop or computer? 
  • Wanted to safeguard your precious photos and memories? 

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then you‘ll know just how difficult it can be to transfer photos between devices. Most methods—like manual photo uploads to a computer and backing up your hard drive—can be time-consuming and frustrating. But with the Dropbox mobile app, photo transfer between devices can be quick and simple.

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Automatically transfer photos between iPhone, Android, and other devices

The Dropbox mobile app makes it simple to transfer photos between Apple and Android devices, or to your desktop or tablet. You can also safeguard your snaps by saving your photos to the cloud, or even share them with your family and friends.

Our camera uploads feature can automatically save any new photos or videos taken on your phone or tablet. This includes any edits, filters or markups. Then you won’t have to worry about transferring your photos later, because they’re already uploaded for you. Added bonus: all your irreplaceable pictures and memories will be safe and sound, backed up in the cloud.

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Keep your important files safe

With Dropbox, all your pictures, videos, and files will always be stored securely in Even if you delete the original copies from your camera roll, full resolution backup photos will still be preserved in your cloud storage.

By transferring your images to the cloud, you can remove the original copies from your device, freeing up valuable storage space. Dropbox also allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, making it easy to share them with others. And, if you ever need to restore any of your files, you can quickly and easily do so from your Dropbox account.

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Share images and screenshots with others

Transferring photos to other people’s mobile or desktop devices is simple and straightforward with Dropbox. To send photos, HD videos, or other files, create a shared link from, or from the desktop or mobile apps. It's that simple.

Anyone with the shared link can access the photos and save them to their own mobile device or computer. This makes it easy—and efficient—to share photos and other files with family, friends, and colleagues.

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Frequently asked questions

You can automatically upload Android or iPhone photos to Dropbox with our camera uploads feature. Photos you’ve taken on your mobile device can be automatically uploaded to your account.

Yes, you can save or back up iOS Live Photos to Dropbox. You can manually upload specific Live and Burst Mode photos from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or MacBook to your Dropbox account.

Or, to save time, you can automatically transfer Live Photos from Apple devices with our camera uploads feature. Just enable camera uploads in the Dropbox mobile app and toggle "Include videos" in your camera uploads preferences.

To safeguard your irreplaceable files from data loss, it’s important to transfer or back up photos from your mobile device regularly. Using a photo transfer app can make it easier to:

  • Keep copies of your photos, videos, and other files
  • Edit your images and videos from a desktop or tablet
  • Access your photos and files any time you’re online, even on the go

Yes, you can send photos and videos from Facebook to your Dropbox account using the Facebook Data Transfer tool. The process creates copies of your files and saves them in your Dropbox account, so you can still access the originals on Facebook. 

Once the transfer is complete, the files you transferred will be saved in a new location in the "Apps" folder in your Dropbox account. 

This feature is available to users on Dropbox Basic, Plus, Family, and Professional plans.

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