Sync Dropbox automatically on Android

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 18, 2016
Apps, Google Android

Dropbox's Android client is limited when it comes to the automatic synchronization of files between Dropbox and the Android device.

It did support automatic photo syncing up until now, but a recent change required that you either connect a computer to Dropbox as well, or upgrade to Dropbox Pro to retain the functionality.

While you may sync files manually at any time, you sometimes may want files to be synced automatically. This way, you will never forget to hit the sync button and end up with outdated or missing files.

Since Dropbox for Android does not support the feature, you will have to look elsewhere for it.

Sync Dropbox automatically on Android

Autosync Dropbox - Dropsync is a free, limited, application for Android devices that adds automatic synchronization with Dropbox on Android devices.

The free version of the application is limited in that it can only keep one folder pair in sync at all times. Additionally, ads are displayed in the interface when you are using the free version, and uploads are limited to files of 10MB and smaller.

The application requires that you link a Dropbox account on first start. It redirects to the Dropbox website where you authorize the app to access your Dropbox stuff.

Once that is out of the way, you may have it create a folder pair for you, or create one of your own. You may alter the local or remote folder at any time to make adjustments.

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Basically, what Autosync Dropbox - Dropsync does is sync files automatically. It supports two-way file synchronization which copies files either way, but also others including "upload and delete", "download only", or "download mirror".

If you just want to push your photos to the Dropbox cloud for instance, you'd select upload, or upload and delete instead of two-way sync.

You find plenty of options in the apps' settings. You may change the sync interval there, set up when files get synced (network connections, battery), set up allowed WiFi networks to only sync files when connected to those, or exclude files or folders from being synced in first place using basic filters.


The free version of Autosync Dropbox - Dropsync is quite limited. It may be enough if you just want to keep a single folder on Android in sync with Dropbox, or push files from the device to Dropbox.

The app displays full screen ads sometimes. I thought at first that I tapped on an ad without noticing it but that was not the case.

Several pro packages are offered for the app. You may buy the remove ads package for €1.99 to remove ads, or the Dropsync Pro package for €5.99 to remove ads and get all Pro version features. There is also an Ultimate package for €9.99 that guarantees you that you get all future features as well.

The Pro version adds other features to the app besides syncing multiple folders and removing the upload limit. It ships with an option to sync the whole Dropbox folder, and passcodes that protect the application's settings.

All in all, this is not a bad application, especially if you just need to sync a single folder with Dropbox automatically, or if you don't mind paying for the Pro version to lift all feature restrictions.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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