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Are you trying to save your personal or business photos to the cloud? Then you reached the right place.

There are several cloud storage options for photos, but in this post, we’ll go over how to save photos in the cloud using Dropbox (includes 2GB for free) with the most straightforward method and your computer. However, this method is not exclusive to Dropbox, and you can use these steps with other cloud storage providers including iCloud and Microsoft OneDrive.

Follow these steps to save photos to the cloud

1. Download the Dropbox desktop app.

2. Install the Dropbox desktop app by double-clicking the Windows EXE or Mac DMG file.

3. Follow the installation instructions.

4. You’ll now see a dedicated Dropbox folder in your file directory (for auto syncing).

Dropbox folder on macOS

5. Now transfer your photos to the Dropbox folder to automatically store them in the cloud (create sub-folders for organization). 

Dropbox cloud storage file setup for photos on macOS

6. Open the Dropbox app to make sure the settings are correct.

Dropbox options on macOS

7. Go to preferences.

8. Go to “Selected folders” under Selective sync.

9. Ensure the folders you want to sync/store to the cloud are selected. The parent Dropbox folder will always sync. 

Dropbox selective sync options macOS

10. Update the preferences, and you’re done.

11. As long as you have your Dropbox app open with internet access, then any photos (or files) in the Dropbox folder will automatically sync to the cloud.

A Few Pointers

  • To save storage space on your computer, you can turn on and off selective sync or use Smart Sync.
  • An alternative method to upload photos to Dropbox is using the web browser, which takes longer.
  • Dropbox is expensive beyond the free allowance, so I recommend using pCloud (lifetime plan available) or Sync.
  • If you already have Amazon Prime, then you get free unlimited photo storage.