Dropbox for Gmail: Why Google Chrome is Now the Best Dropbox Client

Mihir Patkar 13-02-2015

Dropbox What Is Dropbox? The Unofficial Dropbox User Guide What is Dropbox and how do you use it? Our Dropbox user guide will explain everything you need to know to get started. Read More , one of the best cloud storage providers Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. OneDrive: Which Cloud Storage Is Best for You? Have you changed the way you think about cloud storage? The popular options of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive have been joined by others. We help you answer which cloud storage service should you use. Read More , requires a local client installed on your computer to be truly useful. However, if you use Google Chrome, you might not need that any more.


Amidst the plethora of useful Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More , there are a few that give Dropbox users added functionality—almost to the point where Chrome itself can serve as a Dropbox client.

Dropbox For Gmail


Dropbox itself has just officially launched a new extension that is at the top of these nifty Chrome add-ons. Dropbox for Gmail integrates with the popular email service to attach Dropbox files in any email How To Attach Files From The Cloud To Gmail In Chrome Have you ever found yourself in a position where you're trying to get files out of the cloud and send them to friends or colleagues via email? You probably end up having to download the... Read More or download attachments directly to Dropbox.

Once you download the extension and grant access to Dropbox, it’s pretty smooth sailing. You’ll see the Dropbox icon in any new email you compose, next to the Send button. Click it and you’ll see this pop-up, where you can choose the Dropbox files you want to send.



You can browse by recent files, all files, or photos only. There’s also a handy search option to quickly find a particular file.

The extension doesn’t actually upload the file through Gmail itself; instead, it sends a link to the Dropbox file. This way, you aren’t wasting bandwidth; but it’s an extra step for the recipient. You might want to brush up on your cloud file sharing etiquette Don't Be A Dropbox Jerk: Cloud File Sharing Etiquette You Should Know Are you annoying the people you share files with services like Dropbox? Maybe; here are some things you do that may bug others, and some rules you can use to avoid doing so. Read More .


If the recipient has the extension installed, there’s an added bonus. If you receive an email with a Dropbox link, you can choose to download it to your hard drive or directly save it to your Dropbox, thus cutting out a step.


The Dropbox for Gmail extension does what it’s supposed to do, so if you use Dropbox (and our unofficial Dropbox guide What Is Dropbox? The Unofficial Dropbox User Guide What is Dropbox and how do you use it? Our Dropbox user guide will explain everything you need to know to get started. Read More proves why you should), Chrome and Gmail, download this one now. It’s yet another step in turning Chrome into a productivity beast How To Turn Google Chrome Into A Productivity Beast The Internet has made us more productive than ever before, and the browser is the gateway to all that productivity. Chrome's many extensions and apps can help you turn it into a productivity beast. Read More .



In a nutshell, QuickDrop is a Dropbox client running in Chrome. Install the extension and it sits quietly in the toolbar. Click and you get a drop-down panel that shows the full contents of your Dropbox.

QuickDrop lets you interact with files and folders, with easy access to rename or delete anything, or get a link to share the file or folder (with auto-shortening, if so desired). You can also preview individual files, which again open in the panel and not a separate tab—making it easier to manage your tab overload The 10 Best Extensions for Chrome Tab Management If you’re a multi-tasker, you love tabs. Maybe a little too much. Here are 10 extensions that will help you deal with the tab overload. Read More .



QuickDrop also makes it easy to upload any image on the web to your Dropbox. In the extension’s settings, you can set multiple folders in your Dropbox. Right-click on a web image and choose the appropriate folder from the “Download to Dropbox” menu. You can also get an instant share link for this, as well as choose to delete it. QuickDrop’s myriad options make it invaluable to the Dropbox power user. Overall, it’s one of the best ways to synchronize Dropbox with a Chromebook Top Two Ways To Synchronise Dropbox With Your Chromebook Do you love your Chromebook, but want to access to your Dropbox files easily? Using the web login isn't easy enough for day-to-day use. There are better ways to do this. Read More .

The only real problem with QuickDrop is that unlike the official Dropbox clients, you can’t edit a file directly through a third-party app and have it sync.

Download To Dropbox



While QuickDrop only supports direct image uploads to Dropbox, you sometimes need more. Enter Download To Dropbox, an extension that lets you directly download web pages, images, videos, files and more to your Dropbox Download To Dropbox: Save Any File Directly To The Cloud [Chrome] Read More using the confusingly named “Upload to Dropbox” option in your right-click context menu.

Spend a few minutes customizing where the extension will save files. I recommend grouping downloads by date if you are going to use this extension for research purposes, or grouping by site if you’re going to use it as a repository of cool stuff on the web.

Unfortunately, Download To Dropbox only saves to a single folder (or the preset date/website rules), unlike QuickDrop’s convenient option to choose a folder.

The Only Thing Left: Editing Files

So far, there isn’t a free, easy solution to edit Dropbox files directly on the web. But Dropbox has said that its partnership with Microsoft will let you edit Dropbox files with Office Online. While we wait for that feature to roll out, how do you edit Dropbox files on the web?

Related topics: Browser Extensions, Dropbox, Gmail, Google Chrome.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 at 12:30 am

    If you like the Dropbox plugin for Gmail you should try Orangedox's new plugin for Gmail ( , I just got an early release and it'll tell you when someone opened your Dropbox attachment and it's just as easy to use as the Dropbox plugin.

  2. Ahmad Imran
    February 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Mihir, what would you recommend, Google Drive or Dropbox ?

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      I don't think you need to choose, honestly. There's nothing stopping you from getting both, after all!

  3. Deere
    February 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Even better question: why continue to use both dropbox and gmail as anything else as secondary or tertiary solutions?

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Sorry, I didn't get what you meant there. Secondary and tertiary solutions in what way?