How to Email Files to Dropbox to Save Attached Files

Do you want to email files to Dropbox? This article will guide you on how to configure and use the Email to Dropbox feature to upload attachments to Dropbox easily.


by Jonna Lasted Updated March 17, 2023

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Can You Email Files to Dropbox?


Does anyone know how to upload files from email to Dropbox? It is time-consuming to download attachments from Gmail/Outlook and then upload them to Dropbox every time. So, I would like to know if there is a way to email files to Dropbox directly. If yes, how do I send files from email to Dropbox? Much appreciated.

When you receive an email with attachments while on the go, the easiest way to save the files is to email them to yourself. As downloading and uploading email attachments can be time-consuming and data-consuming at the time, and by the time you're done with your trip, you might be blocked by to-dos and forget about them.

Here is a full guide on how to transfer files from email to Dropbox. Yes, in addition to syncing local folders to Dropbox, you are able to send files to Dropbox via email. Let’s see what to do.

Email Files to Dropbox

Introduction of Email to Dropbox Feature

The Email to Dropbox feature supports you and your colleagues/friends/partners to send email attachments directly to your Dropbox cloud with a unique email address. If the email address is compromised, you can ensure the uniqueness of your email by getting a new address and making the previous address invalid. It should be noted that each email can add no more than 100 attachments and the total size of file attachments should not exceed 20MB.

All emailed files to Dropbox will be saved in a private folder named “Email Attachments.” When email attachments are saved on the Dropbox cloud, you could share the Dropbox folder with anyone and access them locally with the Dropbox sync folder.

How to Email Files to Dropbox

Before learning how to email to Dropbox, you might be curious about: what is my Dropbox email address? Don’t worry, let’s take a look at how to configure and set up Email to Dropbox.

Step 1. Go to the Dropbox web interface and log in with your credential.

Step 2. Click on avatar in the top right corner and select Settings.


Step 3. In the General page, scroll down to locate Email to Dropbox, and tap on Set up > Create unique email address.

Email to Dropbox Set up

Step 4. You will get your Dropbox email address and you can copy and share your address with trusted contacts. Click Done. Then, you could email files to Dropbox.

Email to Dropbox Address

Note: If you are on a team plan, you can only ask the team admins to turn on Email to Dropbox by clicking Admin console > Settings > File requests under Additional settings > enable Email to my Dropbox in turn.

How to send files in Dropbox via email? Just simply add attachments to an email, choose the Dropbox email address as the recipient, then they will be uploaded to the Dropbox cloud automatically.

If you want to set up a new address, you go to Dropbox Settings, and click Get new address. Then, a new email address will be generated automatically, and tap Save changes to replace the current address with a new one. Also here, you can also click Turn off > Yes to stop saving email attachments to Dropbox.

Get New Address

How to Save Emails to Dropbox

The Email to Dropbox function only allows you to forward attached files to cloud, but not the email itself. If you’d like to save emails to Dropbox, you could export your emails and then rely on a third-party free cloud backup service like CBackup to back up emails to Dropbox automatically.

CBackup Main Page

This software is specialized in backing up files to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more public Clouds. It also supports saving files to its CBackup Cloud, giving 10GB of free backup space. Here we take how to upload outlook emails to Dropbox as an example to show you detailed steps.

Step 1. Export Outlook emails

1. Open Microsoft Outlook, select the email in Inbox, and click on the Menu (three-dot) button to choose Print.

Print Email

2. Select Save as PDF on the drop-down menu of Destination and click Save.

Save as PDF

3. Specify a path on your computer as the export location of your Outlook emails, then hit Save.

Step 2. Save email to Dropbox automatically

You can go on with the steps below to learn how to send email to Dropbox automatically using CBackup:

1. Download and run the CBackup desktop app on your computer. Sign up for a CBackup account and log in to its desktop application.

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2. Tap on Storage on the left side, click Dropbox, and authorize CBackup to get access to your Dropbox storage.

Select Dropbox

Note: If you want to backup Outlook emails to Google Drive and other cloud storage, you can add your cloud to CBackup likewise.

3. Click Backup and choose Backup PC to Public Cloud.

Create Task

4. Select the exported Outlook emails as the backup source and then choose the added Dropbox cloud as the backup destination.

Add Destination

5. Tap Settings to set up Dropbox scheduled backup under the Scheduler tab, and you can select to backup emails daily, weekly, or monthly. Finally, hit Start Backup to auto save emails on Dropbox.

Schedule Backup

More powerful features of CBackup:
Synchronize files to Dropbox and other public clouds from computer to ensure the same data in both locations.
Merge multiple Dropbox accounts to increase cloud storage for free when you're about to run out of Dropbox cloud space.
Easily backup Dropbox to Google Drive, FTP/SFTP, etc. without downloading and uploading.

In the End

If you want to email files to Dropbox, you can refer to the guide above to use the Email to Dropbox feature to send attached files to your Dropbox cloud easily.

If you need to save an entire email to Dropbox, the free cloud backup software CBackup is available for you to back up data to Dropbox automatically.

Jonna · Editor
Jonna becomes a professional in the areas of cloud backup and restoration, data protection, etc. after years of learning and researching. She maintains a keen eye for the latest technology trends, ensuring that the information provided is always in step with industry developments.

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