I want to sync DropBox with Android, so I can use the files on Android. So I installed DropBox on Android, but it won't download any files! (or at least I don't see them under sdcard/Android/com.dropbox.android. So I can't use the the files on Android. Did I get it wrong somehow?

I tried Folder downloader, but I lose the sync feature of DropBox this way. The files modified on my Android won't be synced with my laptop.

I was expecting to see Dropbox folder option on Android, same as on the laptop. But there's no such option.


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DropSpace has some limitations according to it's description on the Play store:

*** current limitation:
Only files existing on the sdcard are synced.
That is, it's not a full 2-way sync.

I've been using DropSync. It does sync in both directions and I've had no cause for complaint.

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    I can only add that DropSync allows a single folder sync for free, and any number for a small fee.
    – Adobe
    Jan 11, 2013 at 8:33

To download, you need to open the DropBox app, and select the file you want to download.

To upload, you need to open the DropBox app, and select Upload here from the DropBox menu.

The files you see on the DropBox app are not the actual files. They are only links that are in the DropBox server, which you must download. The DropBox app for Android does not work the same way as the DropBox app for the PC. The PC version automatically downloads / syncs the file on your PC.


Oh -- I found it DropSpace allows one to select a folder on Android -- and keep it fully synced with any (but not the root) Dropbox folder.

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    If this is your answer, please mark it as Answer. :)
    – geffchang
    Jan 10, 2013 at 11:29
  • @geff_chang He can't (yet). OP answering his own Q can mark it earliest 2 days later. But then he should, I agree :)
    – Izzy
    Jan 10, 2013 at 13:28

Note Dropbox has their own implementation of this, but it's not at all the same (I recommend Dropsync instead). You can mark individual files as a favorite, then they sync normally:

Downloading (favoriting) files to your phone or tablet
The mobile app shows you the list of your files, but it only downloads the actual files as needed, such as when you tap on a file to view it. To ensure that a file is always on your device and up to date, mark it as favorite. This will also make it available when your device is offline.

  • Thank you for providing the official Dropbox help page link for this topic. While the official app may have limited support for "sync" features it is good to know where and how to try these file update capabilities.
    – Mister_Tom
    Jan 20, 2015 at 16:57
  • It isn't clear to me how it knows when the file is needed. I have found that when I open some files from Dropbox, when the app opening them saves the change the file is automatically uploaded, but I don't know if they require API access to do this or if it is reliable in the sense of a more automatic app (such as a logger) being able to write data to the file now and then and have it always sync.
    – Michael
    Jan 3, 2017 at 23:42

FolderSync is also able to sync folders with DropBox and it supports Tasker automation as well.

This way you can configure - for instance - Tasker so to trigger a sync whenever you connect to your home wifi.

The only drawback is that FolderSync is not getting updates since quite a while, unfortunately.

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