Top Two Ways to Automatically Upload Photos to Dropbox

March 29, 2019

This tutorial focuses on automatically uploading photos to Dropbox. To do this, you can use camera uploads or AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Need to automatically upload photos to Dropbox

As a file hosting service, Dropbox is frequently used for file storage, file sharing and collaboration. After installation of this service, a special folder appears on the user's computer. Users can save files to this folder, so that files in the Dropbox can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. In general, Dropbox users are given two gigabytes of free storage space.

Usually you can free up precious hard drive space by backing up files to Dropbox, especially for some photos and videos. In addition, this action can help you avoid data loss caused by hard drive failure or system crash. Thus, many users drag and drop photos manually into the Dropbox’s folder.

However, this traditional method is not suitable for the user who has a large number of photos, as it takes a lot of time and energy. Besides, it’s always a pain trying to remember to upload photos to Dropbox. Is there a way to automatically upload photos to Dropbox? The answer is yes. If you want to know more about these methods, read on to find out.

How to upload photos to Dropbox automatically?

Two different approaches are described: one is the camera uploads and the other is AOMEI Backupper Standard. You can choose one according to your actual situation. To use them, you should download and install the Dropbox desktop app on your computer and sign up with an account at first. Here is a quick guide for your reference.

Step 1. Download the Dropbox application from the official website.

Step 2. Open the downloaded file and double-click the Dropbox icon to begin installation.

Installation File

Step 3. Once installed, you’ll be prompted to either sign in or create a new account. Type in the e-mail address and password you used to set up your account and click Sign in.

Sign In

Step 4. Click Open my Dropbox and Get Started subsequently. Now you have completed the installation.

Method 1. Automatically save photos to Dropbox via camera uploads

Camera uploads is an optional feature in Dropbox. Once you enable it, Dropbox can automatically grab photos every time you plug in your camera. Then your photos will be uploaded to the Camera Uploads folder in your Dropbox account. Let's take a closer look at the necessary steps.

Step 1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray. Then click the gear icon.

Step 2. Choose Preferences from the list.

Step 3. Under Import, check the box next to Enable camera uploads for.

Step 4. Choose Photos only. Then click Apply.

Camera Uploads

Step 5. Connect your camera to the computer. Then your photos will be uploaded to Dropbox automatically.

This method is only available for cameras. But if you are using other storage devices, this method will not work. Moreover, this feature doesn’t always work fine. Many users complain that photos seem to never automatically upload to Dropbox unless they open the desktop app and do a refresh. Therefore, the next solution is highly recommended.

Method 2. Automatically send photos to Dropbox with the best freeware

If you want a more convenient solution, here you can take use of the best free backup utility – AOMEI Backupper Standard. It comes with file sync feature that enables you to sync photos to cloud drives, external/internal hard drives, NAS devices, network, etc.

By using this freeware, you are allowed to backup external hard drive to Dropbox as it supports a large variety of storage devices. You can also use it as free auto sync software, which helps users set up an automatic sync based on daily, weekly or monthly.

This utility is easy to use and download (supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP) without any restrictions. There are some steps to help to automatically upload photos to Dropbox. Before you do so, you need to install and open this freeware.


Step 1. Click File Sync under Backup tab.

File Sync

Step 2. Modify the Task Name as you like. Click Add Folder in Step 1. Choose Browse to select the folder needing sync. Then click OK.

Select Folder

Step 3. Click the drop-down menu in Step 2 and pitch on Select a cloud drive. Choose Dropbox and then click OK.

Select Dropbox

Step 4. To setup automatic photos sync, you need to do one more step. Click Schedule from the bottom of the page. In the pop-out window, you can set up Daily, Weekly, Monthly according to your request. When you set it up, click OK.


Step 5. Confirm your operations and then click Start Sync.

Start Sync


  • You may need to sync files with a certain file extension. To do this, please click Filter settings (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional) in Step 2.

  • To set up an auto sync based on Event triggers, USB plug in or Real-time Sync in Step 4, please upgrade to Professional edition.

  • If you want to distinguish your folder from others easily, you can click Sync Options in Step 5 to write a comment for your current operation.

  • This freeware only supports one-way sync currently.

  • You can manage all sync tasks in Home tab.

  • Do not change the folder name of the source after syncing. Otherwise the program cannot sync it anymore.

  • After syncing, you can sign in the official website of Dropbox with your account to view your photos.


Automatically upload photos to Dropbox is one of the best ways to protect your photos. To do so, you can choose one method from above. Things get easier when you turn to AOMEI Backupper Standard, because it can sync photos automatically in a very short time. By the way, this freeware works well when you intend to backup PC to Dropbox or OneDrive.