How to download photos from Dropbox directly to your iPhone or iPad camera roll

How to download photos from Dropbox directly to your iPhone or iPad camera roll

If you use Dropbox to store photos and save space on your iPhone or iPad, there may come a time when you want to share those photos to a social network or with a friend. In order to do so, you'll most likely have to save them to your camera roll first.

As it happens, Dropbox gives you an easy way to do this. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Dropbox app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find the photo that you'd like to download to your camera roll in your Dropbox app.
  3. Click on the Download button in the lower right hand corner.
  4. Now tap on the option for Save to Photo Library.
  5. The photo will export directly to your iPhone or iPad camera roll.

Once the export is done you can hop right into your Photos app and upload it to whatever service you'd like.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 5 comments. Add yours.

ame says:

I do love the dropbox.

Paul Skip Brown says:

Doesn't Dropbox upload images back to iPhone at lower resolution?

swiftstealth says:

Help! Whenever I use Dropbox to transfer images TO my iOS devices, I have a problem. Once the images are loaded into Camera Roll, the Dropbox app doesn't differentiate between photos I took with the phone's camera and Dropbox photos (it uploads ALL of them) causing the image I just downloaded FROM Dropbox to be re-uploaded TO Dropbox. Anybody know of a way around this without turning off Instant Upload in Dropbox?

spcleveland says:

That's happening with me too. Did you ever figure out why? I've just started using Dropbox and am about to erase all my phone pics bec they are saved to Dropbox. I've been double checking to make sure when I delete that I AM able to get them back into my library from Dropbox. That's where I ran into the duplicate problem that you had. Any news????