Dropbox for the iPhone/iPad is a real boon for a lot of users who rely on Dropbox. Instant access to files – even to the point of getting offline access – is something every Dropbox user needs.

For all its features, Dropbox does make a few things a little complex. Today, we’re looking at uploading photos manually instead of letting the app take control of syncing your Camera Roll photos.

Dropbox was basically designed to give “access” to your files. That’s why the first version of the app had very little in the way of creating, uploading or editing files. The recent update, about which we posted recently, brings some really useful features like share, swipe-gestures and multiple uploads/sharing.

How to Manually Upload Photos to Dropbox from iPhone and iPad

You can upload all the photos in your camera roll to Dropbox by enabling the Camera Upload feature. If it’s not yet enabled, go ahead. Try it. Open the Photos menu (from the bottom menu bar) and tap on ‘Enable’ where it says ‘Turn on Camera Upload’. You’ll not see this message if Camera Upload is already enabled.

But there’s a catch to this feature: all the photos in your camera roll get uploaded and whenever you click a new picture on the iPhone/iPad, that gets uploaded to Dropbox too! Sounds a little too obtrusive right?

You want to stop this but you still want to upload specific photos to Dropbox. How do you do that? That’s precisely what we’re going to look at:

  1. Open Dropbox.
  2. We’re going to create a new folder where we’ll upload the photos. This way, you can see the photos easily. To do this, tap on the “…” icon on top-right.
  3. Now, tap on Create Folder
  4. Give it a name.
  5. Now, tap on “…” again
  6. Tap on the ‘+’ icon
  7. Photos app opens up. Select the photo you want to add!
  8. That’s it.

How to Manually Upload Photos to Dropbox from iPhone

So this is how you can upload photos to Dropbox. The problem, however, is that the folder doesn’t switch to a photo-view and the photos don’t show up in the Photos menu. To fix this, you have to temporarily enable Camera Uploads and then break it off. This way, a camera roll upload album is created. You can now add photos to this album and they’ll be reflected in the Photos menu.

  • Shelley Anderson

    how do you do it with videos?

  • Thanks, man. It was actually pretty obvious, but I was having a really hard time figuring it out.

  • Frances Winters

    This worked the first time I tried it but the second time I had a problem with using the folder i created the first time. Is it necessary to delete the folder you created and start again each time?

    • Something in the update broke the feature, I guess.

      • Frances Winters

        Not it seems still to work you just have to remember to press ‘…’

  • Its a good learning techniques that was being putted here on your blog. Uploading files from your iPad to your drop box is much easier if we learned how to use the proper procedure in transferring different files from our gadgets.