How to Use Dropbox on your Chromebook

If you use programs such as Mac OS or Windows, you are probably used to storing your data and files on Dropbox rather than Google Drive.

You should be aware that Chromebooks mainly use Google Drive, but that it is still entirely possible to continue using Dropbox as well!

Advantages of Google Drive

Before speaking about Dropbox, it is worth mentioning some of the undeniable advantages of Google Drive, linked to Chromebooks.

First of all, Google Drive is installed by default of your Chromebook, which is not the case with Windows PCs or Macs. The main advantage of this is that your files, however many you have, are permanently stored on Google Drive, and you can access and use them on your Chromebook whenever you are connected to the internet.

The same principle applies for when you are editing you files, copying and pasting, etc.: the files appear to be locally stored, while in reality they are being protected against any possible loss thanks to Google Drive.

Advantages of Chrome OS

This type of file management is the main benefit of the Chromebook’s Chrome OS. It is something which is not easily achieved on a Windows PC, on a Mac or on Linux devices for that matter.

If you do work on a device running one of these operating systems, it is possible to download an application to allow you to synchronize your edited files in the background.

The disadvantage of this type of system is that you are required to store your synchronized files to your local disk. If you use Dropbox or Google Drive with great frequency, your local drive will need a lot of room in order to keep up with everything you are storing to the cloud. This is not really optimal!

A better solution: Chromebooks

Chromebooks therefore seem to be a far better solution since they make it possible to interact with Google Drive files without the need to synchronize to a local disk, and there is no requirement to download an application or anything else to make this functionality possible.

If you want to open a file, all you need to do is to select it. The file is downloaded and opened automatically without any difficulties – the only requirement being a good internet connection.

The Dropbox option

If you are absolutely intent on continuing to use Dropbox on your Chromebook, nothing could be easier to achieve. Fist you will require a Dropbox account.

Next, enter the file manager and in the left-hand column, click on “add a new service”, then “Dropbox file system”. You will see a new screen appear with the word “install” in blue. Just click on it and you will be able to connect. It’s that easy!

Notice: this is not an official Dropbox or Chrome application…

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