Dropbox (iOS and Android) review: The easy way to sync files across devices

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The Good Dropbox lets you share photos, videos, or files easily across just about any device or platform, and you can also get access from any Web browser.

The Bad Even though the app is free, you only start with 2GB of space.

The Bottom Line For sharing files across platforms, Dropbox is a must-have that's incredibly easy to use with a quick, free download and minimal setup time.


8.2 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 8
  • Interface 8
  • Performance 9

Editors' note, April 14, 2015: This review was updated with new features from the latest version.

Dropbox (iOS | Android) is a free and extremely easy-to-use tool for sharing files, photos, and videos, and syncing them among your devices. You can also use Dropbox to back up files and access them from other computers and devices (including smartphones and tablets), with dedicated apps for each device you own.

Cloud-backup service is a crowded category within both major app stores. With cloud-based storage from big companies such as Google Drive, Microsoft's One Drive, and Amazon's Cloud Drive, Dropbox has some stiff competition. But Dropbox keeps adding improvements with every update, and continues to attract users with an intuitive interface and useful features.

Easy to navigate

Dropbox's intuitive interface is part of what makes this app such an obvious choice for syncing files. When you install Dropbox on your iPhone or Android device, you'll have immediate access to your uploaded files. You can also access the folder from other computers or smartphones, or anywhere you have access to a Web browser. Even better, you can use the app to share files with other people -- either through a designated "Public" folder (for everyone), or by setting up a shared folder for specific users.

On Android, buttons for navigation are across the top, while on iOS they reside at the bottom, but there's no difference in usability. Your Dropbox folder is the main screen, but you also have buttons to quickly view your photos folder (and enable auto-uploading); look at Favorited files (the best place to keep things for quick access -- even offline); and a settings section where you can review your account info. The app settings also let you upgrade your account and add a passcode lock to Dropbox if you need added security.

You can reorder your favorites folder with touch-and-drag gestures so you can keep frequently accessed files handy at the top. The app also remembers recent locations when importing files so you don't have to keep digging down through folders.

Touch the three dots at the top to organize your Dropbox into categories. Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

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