Whether you’re moving away from Dropbox, or simply creating a local copy of its contents, you’ll first have to download everything in it. While this might sound like a daunting task, it’s actually quite easy to download your entire Dropbox – but there are some limitations.
You can only download a folder if it’s less than 20 GB in size and contains less than 10,000 files. Most Dropbox users shouldn’t have a problem with these limitations but power-users might have to work around them by downloading some folders individually. In this article, we’ll cover how to do both.
How to Download Everything in your Dropbox all at Once
First, open Dropbox in the web browser of your choice and sign into your account.
All files in the menu on the left. If you’re on a smaller device, you’ll first need to click the
Hamburger menu icon to reveal the menu.
Click the first checkbox at the top, to the left of
Name, to select all of your files and folders. You might need to hover your mouse over the first column for this checkbox to appear.
Download button that appears above your files and folders.
Dropbox will download a .zip file containing your entire Dropbox.
How to Download Individual Folders from Dropbox
With Dropbox open, click
All Files in the menu at the left. On smaller display’s, you’ll first have to expand the
Hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner to reveal the menu.
Locate the folder you wish to download and hover your mouse over it until
3 dots appear to the right. Click the
3 dots and then select
If you have individual folders that are over the 20 GB size limit, or contain more than 10,000 files, alone then you can try the following instead:
- Split up the contents of the folder by creating new folders and moving some of the files to these new folders and downloading them separately.
- Download the Dropbox desktop client and sync the contents of your Dropbox to a folder on your local system.