How to Use Dropbox on Your Chromebook and Add it to File Manager

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Just because you're using a Chromebook that doesn't mean you're limited to Google Drive. Dropbox is easily accessible via the web — and Chromebooks that support the Google Play store can use the storage service as an Android app — but if you want to go deeper, a third party open source extension called "File System for Dropbox" integrates your Dropbox files right into Chrome OS's file manager. It's not endorsed by Dropbox, and some user reviews claim it requires you sign back in on occasion, but it gets the job done.

Here's how to add Dropbox to the Chromebook file manager.

1. Click the Search button.

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2. Open the Google Web Store. If the icon isn't immediately visible in this menu, type in "web store" as I did.

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3. Type "File System for Dropbox" in the search box on in the upper right-hand corner.

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3. Click "Add To Chrome" next to File System for Dropbox, which should be the first result. 

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4. Click "Add app" in the confirmation pop-up.

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5. Open the program by clicking on the "Successfully installed" notification. If this disappears before you can click it, click the search button and type "File System for Dropbox" to find it.

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6. Click "mount" in the resulting window.

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7. Sign-in to Dropbox with your email and password.

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8. Click "Allow" when the extension asks for access to your Dropbox files.

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9. You will see a "Mounted successfully" message.

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10. In the Files app, you will find your Dropbox in the left pane.

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5 comments
  • Shawn Keenen Says:

    I'm thankful for people like you that take the time to post these very helpful articles, Thanks so much.

  • Laura Says:

    I have already done that. Having the app doesn't mean that Word or photos or anything else will save to Dropbox. The only option I get is save to Google Drive.

  • Nureen Says:

    there's a new update in the android version of dropbox which connects your device dropbox to the computer dropbox. But I need to install dropbox in my chromebook to do so. Can you lead the way to install it? Thanks and this was very helpful, love it.

  • GILLES Says:

    If I update one of my dropbox files on a chromebook, how will the update be taken in account by dropbox.
    When I open this file from my chromebook, will dropbox propose an editing tool?
    What if this file is a MS-Excel file?
    Or will I only be able to view the content from my chromebook (no editing)?
    Thanks for any coming answer

  • diane johnston Says:

    Dropped my phone on chrome book key board and is all messed up on the screen how do I fix it

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