By Delia / Last update April 14, 2021

Want to automatically upload photos to Dropbox?

Dropbox is a frequently used file hosting service. After installing it, a special folder appearing on your computer enables you to upload files easily, so as to access them later from anywhere via Internet.

In this way, you can free up precious space by sending files to Dropbox, especially for photos and videos that can easily occupy your storage. It also helps you to avoid data loss by creating a backup on Internet. Thus even if you encounter a disk failure or system crash, these photos will always stay safe.

But for anyone who loves photography, saving photos manually to Dropbox after each shoot can be a time-consuming and laborious task. If there’s a way to upload photos to Dropbox automatically, things will get easier.

Auto Upload Photo Dropbox

How to upload photos to Dropbox automatically?

To realize this idea, there are 2 available approaches. You can either make use of the built-in camera uploads feature of Dropbox, or turn to a reliable third-party software that can sync local folders to Dropbox automatically.

Preparations for both methods

Either way you choose, you should download and install the Dropbox desktop app on your computer and sign up for an account at first, then log in and get started.


1. Download Dropbox desktop app from its official website.

2. Go to your download directory and double-click the Dropbox icon to start installation.

3. Once it’s installed, you’ll be prompted to sign in or create a new account.

4. After logging in, click Open my Dropbox and Get Started subsequently. Now you’ve completed the installation.

Log In Dropbox

Then you can try following methods to upload photos:

1. Automatically upload photos from mobile devices to Dropbox

Camera uploads is an optional feature provided by Dropbox. Once you enable it, your photos on mobile devices will be uploaded to the Camera Uploads folder automatically. You can then move them to different folders in your Dropbox account as you like. Here’s a simple guide for turning on camera uploads on desktop app.


1. Hit the Dropbox icon in your system tray. Then click the gear icon to manage settings.

2. Choose Preferences... from the list.

3. Switch to Backups tab, check the box next to Enable camera uploads for.

4. Choose Photos only or Photos and videos from the drop-down menu.

5. After toggling on this feature, you’ll see a prompt asking if you’d like to enable camera uploads for that device when you connect a camera or mobile device into a computer with the Dropbox desktop app. If you accept, that device will automatically save photos to Dropbox each time it’s plugged in.

This feature is only available for photos in mobile devices. It’s relatively convenient, but many users have complaint Dropbox camera uploads not working unless they open the app and do a refresh. Therefore, Method 2 is more recommended.

Dropbox Camera Upload


  • If you want to upload photos directly from mobile phones to Dropbox, you can use the Dropbox mobile app. Learn how to enable camera uploads on iOS or Android in this tutorial.

2. Automatically sync photos to Dropbox with freeware

If you want to sync photos to Dropbox more stably and from more diverse media, a powerful desktop freeware - AOMEI Backupper Standard can satisfy you better. It allows you to upload photos from your PC, external hard drive, NAS, cloud drive, mobile device (via USB cable or SD card adapter), etc. By using this freeware, you can also set up a sync schedule to achieve automatic uploading.

As for compatibility, AOMEI Backupper Standard works on Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista and supports photos in various sizes and formats, including JPEG (or JPG), PNG, and GIF, etc. You can download it on your PC to proceed.

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As an example, I’ll introduce the approach to upload photos to Dropbox automatically from a certain folder on PC.


1. Install and launch the freeware, switch to Sync tab and choose Basic Sync.

Basic Sync

2. Click Add Folder to select the folder containing photos you want to sync. 

If you want to upload photos from other location such as USB or external drive, just make corresponding choice of the source directory after connecting the device. 

Add Folders

3. Click the small down arrow and choose Select a cloud drive in the drop-down menu. Then you can select Dropbox in the popping-out window to specify it as the sync destination.


4. Set up a Schedule for automatic uploading. There are several plans along with more specific settings to run the sync task automatically as you like. Alternatively, you can do further settings in Options.

Schedule Settings General

5. Confirm your operations and then click Start Sync. After finishing, you can manage the sync task in Home tab and view the synchronized photos in Dropbox. 

Please don’t change the folder name of the source directory after syncing. Otherwise the program cannot detect it anymore.


  • Schedule: there are 5 different modes - Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers USB plug in. The first 3 are totally for free while the last 2 are available in advanced editions such as AOMEI Backupper Professional. For example, if your source directory is an USB device and you choose USB plug in as the Schedule mode, it will automatically backup the data on USB to destination when the program detects the source USB is plugged in.

  • Options: comments, email notifications, or enable options such as sync the deletions in source directory to destination, verify the integrity of files in the destination directory during synchronization, etc.

  • Filter (advanced editions only): if you only want to sync files with or without certain extensions, you can click the funnel icon beside the source directory select box to customize the settings.

  • Real-Time Sync (advanced editions only): it will automatically sync changed files from the source directory to the destination directory in real time. You don’t need to set up a schedule then.

  • Mirror Sync (advanced editions only): this mode will keep the files in target directory always consistent with the source directory. For example, if you accidentally make some changes to the destination directory, like adding a new file, it will be detected and deleted at the next sync.


With AOMEI Backupper, you can automatically upload photos to Dropbox to avoid accidental data loss and get rid of repetitive operations. Beyond that, you can also sync files to other cloud drives such as Google Drive and OneDrive, sync folders between drives, or mirror folder to network drive in real time.

In addition to file sync, AOMEI Backupper is also an all-around data backup and cloning software, which allows you to perform file backup, system backup, disk cloning, partition cloning and so on to protect your important data.