Dropbox is one of the world’s finest cloud storage services, allowing for smooth transition of data between workstations and allowing multiple users to access the same file without having to deal with wasted email. What most people don’t know is that Dropbox can be used for a lot more than cloud storage. Dropbox has a lot of amazing features that the average user doesn’t know.
Use Your Dropbox Folder as Your “My Documents” Folder
Dropbox is only useful if you remember to put your files in it. Making it your “My Documents” folder is a surefire way to make sure that you never miss out on work because you saved a file in the wrong folder. Fortunately, it’s a simple fix. Simply go to the folder where “My Documents” is located. It can usually be found under C:\Users\(Your Username). Right-click on your “My Documents” folder, then click “Properties” from the dropdown menu. From there, click on the location tab. Click “move” and select your Dropbox folder. Now it’s inside your Dropbox folder.
Use Dropbox as an Android Phone Backup
Phones are inherently fragile. They can get lost, stolen, broken, or simply break down. Just like any device with a database, you would be well served to make sure that it is frequently backed-up. An amazing app by the name of “DropSpace” is designed to turn your Dropbox into more than cloud storage. The best part is that the app is free. You can set it to sync with your Dropbox account manually, or automatically periodically.
Backup Your WordPress Blog
WordPress and Dropbox have one thing in common – they’re both open to user developed apps that make life easier. “Wordpress Backup to Dropbox” may be unimaginatively named, but it does exactly what it promises. It periodically creates a backup of your entire site using your Dropbox space. It even allows you to exclude non-essential directories to save on space. Just like “Dropspace,” this app is entirely free.
Everything has a camera nowadays – so much so that anyone who has any sort of device probably has probably tried to be a photographer at one point or another. Dropbox actually has a built-in photo backup feature. Dropbox rolled out this feature earlier in 2012, but a lot of people simply didn’t notice. Simply plug in your smartphone or camera and a prompt should ask whether or not you want to sync your photos with your Dropbox. This also makes it a lot easier to share photos, either with friends or with your co-workers.
Receiving Files from Non-Dropbox Users
It’s easy to give non-Dropbox users files, but the reverse requires a few tricks and a web application called “Airdropper.” This allows a Dropbox user to receive a file from a non-Dropbox user, which can be extremely useful if the file is too large for email. It costs nine dollars a month, but it has a free seven-day trial period.
Dropbox is an incredible tool, one that is often underutilized and simply used as extra storage. Don’t make that mistake. Enhance your Dropbox experience with these tips and tricks.