The Easiest Way to Receive Files Directly in Dropbox

Akshata Shanbhag 30-10-2015

Ever wish you could receive photos, documents, and other files from people straight into your Dropbox? Well, you can do just that with Dropbox’s file requests.


This new feature allows you to get files from people — even from those who don’t have Dropbox accounts themselves. These files are delivered directly to any Dropbox folder of your choice. It really is that simple.

To start requesting files, visit the Dropbox requests page or open Dropbox’s Web interface and click on File requests in the sidebar. On the next screen, click the Create a file request button.

You can then specify a title for the files you’re requesting and the folder in which you want them to go. Fill in those details and click on Next.



You should now get a unique file request link. Share it with the people you want to collect files from. Dropbox will even email them the link for you if you just type in their email addresses.

Complete the file request process by clicking on Done. Rest assured that the files you receive will be private. Only you can see them.


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Were you aware of Dropbox’s file request feature and do you use it? Or do you use a third-party service to receive files instead? Tell us your preference!

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  1. Peter
    December 28, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Before Dropbox added file requests, I made FileToInbox, first for internal use and then launched it as an app:

    It allows users without Dropbox accounts to easily upload files to your Dropbox.