How Does Dropbox Work?
Dropbox is a cloud storage service that offers server space for you to save files. You can then access, share, and sync those files across all your devices. With an account at Dropbox.com, you get access to 2 gigabytes of free file storage space, available on any connected device. In addition to the free space, Dropbox offers optional paid plans starting at 1 terabyte (that’s a thousand gigabytes!) of space with unlimited storage available for business teams.
The best way to view and manage Dropbox files on your Mac is with the Dropbox app for Mac. Installing Dropbox for Mac takes just a few clicks via MacUpdate Desktop. Simply open MacUpdate Desktop, search for Dropbox and select “Install Now”. Alternatively, you can select “Download” from the Dropbox page on MacUpdate, open the downloaded file, and follow the steps to install the Dropbox app on your Mac.
Once installed, it may be difficult to find the Dropbox app at first as it only lives in the menu bar – this means that when Dropbox is open, there is no icon in the dock where open apps are usually found. Instead, there’s a small Dropbox icon on the menu bar at the top of the screen. After signing in to the app with a Dropbox account it will create a local folder called “Dropbox”, and from this point on, as long as the Dropbox app is open, it will automatically sync your Dropbox files to this folder on your Mac.
Advantages of Using Dropbox
Dropbox allows you to see your files on any connected device as well as share large files with others by simply sending a link. This makes it a great tool for sending an entire folder of photos or documents securely to one or more people without having to zip files and wait for them to upload to an email until the email eventually says the file is too big!
The 2 GB of free storage is perfect for keeping and sending any number of documents and even hundreds of photos. If that’s not enough for you, the next level of storage offers 500 times more space at 1 terabyte (1 TB = 1000 GB) for $9.99/month or $99/year. Included in all the pricing plans is the option to integrate the service with MS Office 365 and many other special features including two-factor authentication and remote device wiping.
If you think you would benefit from using Dropbox, then you would definitely benefit from having the free Dropbox app on your Mac. Being able to simply drag-and-drop new files in and out of your Dropbox cloud storage like it is a regular file in your Finder is the best thing to happen to cloud storage since high-speed internet!