By Ailsa twitter/ Last Updated February 1, 2023

Why Do You Need Cloud Backup?

  • Are you afraid of accidentally losing the data stored on your hard drive?
  • Are you anxious that there is not enough space locally for backup?
  • Are you panicked that you have lost all local backups due to local accidents?
  • Backup all your data to the cloud offsite, never lose data and recover them from any PC.

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Can I Use OneDrive And Dropbox at the Same Time?

Recently, numerous people are worried about “how can I use Dropbox and OneDrive at the same time?”. And using Dropbox and OneDrive together has become a common demand since more and more people started to try more cloud storage and manage files on different clouds like cloud-to-cloud sync to avoid online data loss. 

Causes of using Dropbox and OneDrive together

As two of the most well-known cloud storage for many years, Dropbox and OneDrive are becoming much more vital for you. Both of them have benefits for online storage. Dropbox is a powerful cloud storage that can access your files anywhere since it supports all popular platforms, PC, Mac, Android, iPad, etc. Surely OneDrive also provides such convenience, but it provides more storage at a lower cost.

Dropbox to OneDrive

Why use Dropbox and OneDrive together? Here are some reasons for that.

  • Dropbox and OneDrive only provide limited cloud storage space for free accounts, and if you would like to store much more files online, you have to upgrade to the advanced plans to get more cloud storage and other tools or sign up for multiple cloud drives to manage files online on different clouds.
  • Although Dropbox and OneDrive provide you the 2GB or 5GB cloud storage, there is some difference between these two clouds to manage files, like Dropbox use block-level sync to sync your files fast, and OneDrive is built into Windows 10 and Windows 11, use file-level sync to sync changes, which sync slower than Dropbox.
  • Dropbox uses Selective Sync and Smart Sync to save disk space while OneDrive uses Files On-Demand to save hard disk space.
  • OneDrive is collaborating with Microsoft Office 356 well, and Dropbox has no such collaborations but integrates with other productivity tools, which makes each has its own strengths.
  • Both of them can share files with others to make work efficient, and empower business productivity.

Therefore, you might want to use Dropbox and OneDrive at the same time to enjoy the different strengths. How to use Dropbox and OneDrive together, we will show you more details about it.

How to Use Dropbox and OneDrive Together

There are about 2 situations to use Dropbox and OneDrive together, using OneDrive and Dropbox at the same time, or migrating Dropbox and OneDrive or vice versa to manage files together. And we will explain more about each situation, let's keep reading.

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Use OneDrive and Dropbox on one computer at the same time

There are two ways for you to use Dropbox and OneDrive at the same time, here are the details.

Way 1. Install OneDrive and Dropbox desktop apps on your Computer

Except for using OneDrive and Dropbox websites at the same time, you could download the OneDrive desktop app and Dropbox desktop app and install them all.

Then you will have a OneDrive folder and a Dropbox folder on your computer.

Windows File Explorer

And you could use both of them to manage files, share files, and other collaborate.

Way 2. Combine Dropbox and OneDrive Storage Together

If you want to use Dropbox and OneDrive storage together, here comes the free cloud backup service - CBackup to help. It allows you to combine clouds of different or the same cloud platform so that you can protect more files to the combined cloud easily for free.

Here are the steps to use Dropbox and OneDrive together via CBackup:

1. Please download and install CBackup desktop app, and then sign up for a free CBackup account and sign in.

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2. Select the Storage on the left, then choose OneDrive and hit Authorize Now, follow the steps to complete the authorization. Repeat the same process to add Dropbox to CBackup.

Select OneDrive

Note: The authorization system of CBackup is based on OAuth, which is a standard authorization framework that enables CBackup to access multiple third-party applications without the username and password required.

3. Hit + Add Combined Cloud under Storage.

Add Combine Cloud

4. Tick OneDrive and Dropbox, and press Next.

Tick OneDrive and Dropbox

5. Choose the order to store backup files for OneDrive and Dropbox, then hit Combine.

Combine OneDrive and Dropbox Storage

Now, your OneDrive and Dropbox storage has been integrated, and get a combined cloud now, and you could click Backup > Backup PC to Combined Cloud to use Dropbox and OneDrive storage together to back up more files.

Use OneDrive and Dropbox Files Together

To use OneDrive and Dropbox files together and don't want to change the cloud account manually, there are 3 ways to make it.

Way 1. Download and Upload files between Dropbox and OneDrive

How to sync OneDrive with Dropbox? The traditional way is downloading and uploading. Here we will take sync Dropbox to OneDrive for example:

Step 1. Open your browser, and log in to your Dropbox and OneDrive accounts respectively.

Step 2. On the Dropbox page, first click "All Files", select all files and folders, and then click "Download" in the interface to download them all to the local device.

Download Files From Dropbox

✿ Tips: The files downloaded from Dropbox are in compressed format, so you need to decompress the files before uploading them to OneDrive. 

Step 3. On the OneDrive page, click "Upload", select Dropbox files or folders that have just been downloaded locally, and then it will perform the upload process to use OneDrive and Dropbox together.

Upload Files to OneDrive

Way 2. Sync Files Between OneDrive and Dropbox by the desktop apps

Moreover, besides transferring files from Dropbox to OneDrive on the web, you can also use Dropbox and OneDrive desktop applications for data migration between Dropbox and OneDrive. The operation steps are as follows:

Step 1. Download Dropbox and OneDrive desktop applications, and then install them on your computer.

Note: If the computer is a Windows 10 or Windows 11 system, you can directly use the built-in OneDrive in the system.

Step 2. After installation and setup, Dropbox and OneDrive will generate a sync folder in your Windows File Explorer automatically.

Step 3. In this way, you can migrate Dropbox to OneDrive by dragging and dropping Dropbox files or folders to OneDrive or vice versa.

Windows File Explorer

Note: You can also use the copy & cut way to move files between Dropbox and OneDrive. However, if there is an unknown conflict in the progress, the whole process will slow down.

Way 3. Organize Dropbox and OneDrive Together by Syncing Files

And you should know both Dropbox and OneDrive offer many useful functions for you to sync, but there is no official way to help you to sync between Dropbox and OneDrive directly. If you have both Dropbox and OneDrive accounts at the same time, and you need to organize Dropbox and OneDrive together, like transferring files from OneDrive to Dropbox, adding Dropbox to OneDrive sometimes, or syncing files between them, it’s best for you to find a service that supports file sync from cloud to cloud.

To use Dropbox and OneDrive at the same time, you can use CBackup to help you a lot, because it allows you to transfer OneDrive to Dropbox or vice versa within minutes, and you don't have to download and upload your files, saving time and efforts. All these sync features are free of charge, so you don’t have to worry about the cost at all.

Here is how to sync Dropbox with OneDrive via CBackup:

Step 1. Please go to CBackup desktop app, then choose Sync > Sync Public Cloud to Public Cloud.

Sync Public Cloud to Public Cloud

Step 2. And click on the New Task button under the Sync Tasks tab.

Create Sync

Step 3. (Name your backup task if you like), click the Add Source button to add Dropbox, and click Add Destination > OneDrive.

Add Destination

Note: You can choose certain files of folders on Dropbox or the entire Dropbox as the backup source.

Step 4. Click Start Sync to use OneDrive and Dropbox files together.

Start Sync

Note: You can click the arrow next to the Start Sync button to select the delay time, namely after 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, and so on.

Cloud Sync Delay Time

You can also click Settings in the lower-left corner to enjoy scheduled backup on daily, weekly, or monthly, email notification, file filter, and other useful sync features.

Select Schedule

 Besides cloud to cloud sync, there are other useful functions of CBackup to manage files between cloud storage easily:

It also supports cloud to cloud backup and can keep unlimited backup versions for you.
You could backup and sync files to Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and other clouds directly and quickly.
You are able to get unlimited free cloud storage space with the combined cloud, as long as you add enough cloud drives.
Offers you the free 10GB of cloud storage of CBackup Cloud, and you could upgrade to 1TB or 5TB at a good price.
CBackup uses 256-bit AES Encryption and an OAuth Authorization system to guarantee your data is safe.
There are no file size limitations and you can backup any files and folders to OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

Final Words

From the content above, it can be seen that CBackup is surely a fantastic way of using Dropbox and OneDrive together. Not only you can sync files from Dropbox to OneDrive for free, but also you merge OneDrive and Dropbox storage and use them at the same time with easy steps. Also, there are 3 other common solutions for you, though they may be a little more complicated and time-consuming.

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