How to Download and Install Dropbox on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to download, install and configure Dropbox app on Windows 11 to easily view or edit files anytime, anywhere and also share and automatically back up files securely to the cloud.

When you install Dropbox app in Windows 11, you will be able to take advantage of the convenience of Dropbox with Windows 11 features such as Windows Hello, which adds an extra layer of protection and uses either your face, fingerprint instead of your password to unlock your Dropbox content.

The Windows app also allows you to drag and drop from Dropbox to Windows File Explorer, provides quick search, accept and share folders with others and more.

If you want to experience Dropbox fully in Windows 11, you’ll want to download and use the app, and the steps below show you how to do that.

To get started with downloading and installing Dropbox app in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to install Dropbox in Windows 11

Installing Dropbox in Windows 11 is pretty straightforward. Simply go to the link below and it should automatically begin downloading the app for your platform.

Once downloaded, go to your Downloads folder and double-click the installer to begin the installation.

The installation should begin downloading and installing the apps automatically.

dropbox install in windows 11

After a few minutes, the app should be installed and ready to use. When it opens, login with your Dropbox account or create one if you don’t already have an account.

windows 11 dropbox install complete

If the apps doesn’t open after the installation, simply go to the hidden apps section of the Taskbar and select it.

windows 11 dropbox icon on taskbar

That should open the Dropbox app sign in pop-up to link your computer to your Dropbox account.

windows 11 dropbox sign in button

Once you sign in, you’ll get a similar message that “You’re all set to install Dropbox on your computer“. Then click the Continue with the installation link.

windows 11 dropbox link computer

You can easily access your Dropbox file from the icon on the Taskbar in the hidden section.

windows 11 dropbox hidden icon open

On a new computer, you’ll be prompted to set up files sync. When prompted with two sync options. Make files local and Make files online-only. Select the sync option and continue. Make files local comes with basic features that allows you to sync your from Dropbox account to your local computer.

windows 11 dropbox sync option

Next, you’ll then be prompted to select the folders you’ll want to sync with other computers or backup online.

windows 11 dropbox icon select folder to sync

After the set up, Dropbox should be integrated with File Explorer. You should be able to move or copy a file into Dropbox, just drag and drop it from Windows File Explorer. Within the app, you can also move or copy files into other folders by dragging and dropping them between folders (hold Ctrl to copy).

windows 11 dropbox file explorer integration

To access and manage your Dropbox settings, click the hidden apps arrow, then select the Dropbox icon. From there click the Settings gear as highlighted in the image below:

windows 11 dropbox settings

That should do it!


This post showed you how to download and install Dropbox app in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.


  1. I followed the instructions to the letter (and I’ve done it countless times over the years) especially selecting the on-line only option. DropBox promptly filled the hard drive and then told me it couldn’t sync any more because the drive was full.
    What on earth is going on here?
    I’m now going through some of the biggest folders and setting them to sync on line only. In preferences the syncing option is very sluggish. From the app I can’t see which is selected; on line or local.
    Is this teething problems using Windows 11?

  2. i tried the above a number of times and each time was told that the device is not compatible with this version of the dropbox app.
    i have a macbook air M1 with window11 on parallels.
    i have tried the dropbox in s mode with the s mode turner off and all i get is access to the on line files with no link to the explorer or 365 office.

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