How to Sync Local Folder to Dropbox? (2 Ways Included)

Posted by @Ivy

June 1, 2018

In this article, you will get a step by step guide to assist you in syncing local folder to Dropbox as well as syncing local folder outside Dropbox.

About Dropbox

Dropbox, one of the famous cloud storage services, is widely used in storing data on cloud, syncing files to multiple devices and platform, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

When you sync local folder to Dropbox or its folder, all the folders will be synced automatically to all your devices as long as there is an internet connection. You just need to log in with the same account on your devices.

Besides, you can sync folder outside Dropbox folder. You can directly copy and paste the folder you want to sync to Dropbox folder. If you want to see it at the original location, you can create a symbolic link (a sort of shortcuts) between Dropbox folder and the folder on your drive that you want to sync.

How to sync local folder to Dropbox?

The first thing is to download and install Dropbox on the local computer if you want to sync local folder with Dropbox. After downloading, your computer will have a Dropbox folder. It looks like a normal folder, but it can automatically sync local folders to Dropbox once you put it inside and you can access files in Dropbox through this folder.

Step 1. Double-click Dropbox in the desktop to open Dropbox folder.

Step 2. Copy and paste the folders on the local drive to Dropbox folder.

Other things you need to know

1. If you want to sync folders to all your devices, you need to log in with the same email address and password on each device.

2. Dropbox service will monitor the Dropbox folder on the computer and other devices. And once there is a change, Dropbox will sync it automatically as long as there is an internet connection.

3. When your computer or other devices are offline, all the changes will be saved and synced again when it connects to internet.

4. Dropbox can only sync files in the Dropbox folder or mobile app. If you want to sync folder outside Dropbox, you need to add it to Dropbox folder.

How to sync folder outside Dropbox folder?

To sync folder outside Dropbox folder, the simplest way is to copy and paste the folder you want to sync to Dropbox folder. After that, you can create a symbolic link so that you can see folder at its original location.

Besides, you still can use Dropbox alternative software - AOMEI Backupper. It’s very easy to use. You do not need to copy and paste files and folders to Dopbox folder. Also, you do not need to create a symbolic link. AOMEI Backupper just sync the selected folder to Dropbox and you still have a copy of folder on the local computer.

AOMEI Backupper can still sync local folder to Google Drive, OneDrive and other network drive or NAS. Also, it can still sync files to external hard drive, USB drive, and more.

When it comes to syncing, there is a feature called Real-time file sync which is worth to be mentioned. It will sync files immediately when there is any change. If you do not want to miss any change, it’s a great choice. But if you want to sync files to network path in Real-time, you need to upgrade to paid-version, such as AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Start with the detailed steps.

Step 1. Download Dropbox alternative - AOMEI Backupper, install and run it. Then, click File Sync under the Backup tab.

File Sync

Step 2. Click Add Folder and Browse.

Add Folder Browse

Step 3. Select folder on the computer, click Open and OK to confirm you want to sync the selected folder. You can click Desktop, Libraries or This PC to find the folder you want to sync.

Select Folder

Step 4. Click Drop-down menu and pitch on Select a cloud drive.

Select Cloud Drive

Step 5. Select Dropbox or its subfolder and then click OK to exit this window.


Step 6. Click Start Sync. If you want to create a scheduled backup, you can click Schedule, select General or Advanced to choose whatever settings you like.

Sync Local Folder to Dropbox

AOMEI Backupper is very useful, which can help you sync local folder to Dropbox without any obstacle. And it will keep a copy of file on the local computer so that you can view it at any time.