How to Use Multiple Dropbox Accounts on One PC

Dropbox is the go-to service for cloud storage and file syncing, but it’s also one of the more expensive options out there once you’ve used up the free storage allotment. And you can only use multiple accounts on one machine if you spring for the pricier business package. But there are a few options for getting around this.

The Easy Way: Use the Website

The simplest way to access two different Dropbox accounts at once is to use the desktop program for your primary account and sign into a secondary account through your browser (through Incognito Mode, if you want to stay signed into your main account). The Dropbox website will give you access to all the files in a single account, and it includes basic uploading and folder-creating capabilities. Of course, doing it all through the web isn’t as fast or as easy as simply using your operating system’s file explorer, and you lose the convenience of background syncing. But if you only need to use a secondary account only occasionally, it’s probably the easiest way to solve this problem.

The Slightly More Annoying Way: Shared Folders

One of the things that makes Dropbox so useful is its ability to share folders and files between users. If there’s something on a secondary account you need to access all the time, you can simply share the relevant folder with your primary account. Here’s how:

Log in to the Dropbox website on your secondary account, then click “New shared folder.” Use “I’d like to create and share a new folder” or “I’d like to share an existing folder for their respective functions. Select the folder with the contents you want to share, then click “Next.”

Input the email address you used for your primary Dropbox account login, make sure “Can edit” is enabled, then click “Share.” An email will be sent to your primary account’s address, and you simply have to click “go to folder” to activate the connection.

The downside to this approach is that Dropbox doesn’t allow sharing of the root folder—so you’ll have to put everything into a specific folder to share it—and the shared folders take up space on both accounts. So this won’t help you get extra space, but it will help you avoid the hassles of having a personal and a work account, for example.

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