If you're new to Dropbox getting started is simple. Just follow the step-by-step instructions detailed in this free lesson.
Dropbox is a free cloud-based service that lets you store files online and access them anywhere. You can then share these files with other people, allowing them to view, edit, and download them. Dropbox offers 2 gigabytes (2GB) of free storage space, with options to earn or pay for more.
Dropbox has both desktop and mobile apps and can also be used with any web browser. This means you can access your files from any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet. And because Dropbox allows you to share files, it makes working with others that much easier.
Watch this video from Dropbox to learn more about how Dropbox works and what you can use it for.
In order to use Dropbox, you'll first need to create a Dropbox account.
Available for iOS and Android, the Dropbox mobile app allows you to view, upload, and download files with Dropbox on your mobile device. It also features the ability to use your device's camera to scan documents.
When you first open Dropbox, it may look pretty empty. But as you begin to upload files, you'll need to know how to view, manage, and organize them in the interface.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to become more familiar with the Dropbox interface.
Click here to view and change your account details. This is where you can see how much storage you have left. You can also access your settings here.
Click here to view your notifications. You'll receive notifications when others share files and folders with you.
Dropbox gives you 2 gigabytes (2GB) of storage for free, but you also have the option to pay to upgrade your account. This will give you more storage and additional features.
Click the Upload button to upload files from your computer to Dropbox.
Click the New folder button to create a new folder in Dropbox.
Click the Share a folder... button to share an existing folder with others or to create a new folder to share.
Click here to show or hide any files you've deleted recently.
Use the search bar to search through any of your files, as well as files others have shared with you.
This is where you'll find all of the files and folders you've uploaded or that have been shared with you.
In this column, you'll be able to view the people you've shared a file with. It will let you know their permissions and whether they've accepted your invitation.
You can use this menu to access different views for your files.
The interactive above shows the Dropbox browser interface. The mobile and desktop apps will look slightly different.
In the next lesson, we'll go over the basics of uploading your files, as well as how to manage them.