Using the Google Chrome extension and Gmail add-on
Learn how to cut down on clutter and avoid email attachments by integrating Dropbox with Chrome and Gmail.
With Dropbox for Gmail, you can share Dropbox files through your Gmail account. Enabling the integration adds a Dropbox icon at the bottom of the “Compose” window. When you select this icon, a pop-up appears, allowing you to pick from the contents of your Dropbox account. A shared link to the files or folder you want to share will then appear in the body of the email. It works just like an attachment, but without adding a large file to the email itself. You can also save files you receive in Gmail directly to Dropbox.
To enable the Gmail and Chrome extensions after you have already installed Dropbox, visit the Chrome Web Store, search for “Dropbox for Gmail,” and select “Add extension.” It’s also possible to enable the extension the first time you install your Dropbox desktop app; simply select “Enable” when prompted.
Using Dropbox for Gmail is easy. Once you’ve enabled the extension and write your first email, you’ll notice a Dropbox icon at the bottom of the window. Select the icon and find the file or folder you’d like to share from the pop-up window. Click the plus (+) next to the item and a shared link to the file or folder will appear in the body of your email.
Even though the file looks like an attachment, it’s actually a shared link! This saves space in your email account and ensures others will see the latest file version.
You can create and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides straight from Dropbox. Just click Create on dropbox.com or in the Dropbox desktop app and choose a file type. Remember that the email you use for your Google account needs to match the one you use for Dropbox.
Now, there’s no need to move between a separate Google Doc and emailed links. Do it all from Dropbox. You can even share these files just like any other file.
And Dropbox notifications will help you stay up to date when anyone makes edits to any Doc, Sheet, or Slide.
Working together in one central place got even easier.
Have a question about Dropbox for Gmail and G Suite? We’ve likely got an answer. If you have a question that’s not listed here, check out help.dropbox.com for more answers.
Does Dropbox for Gmail require Chrome permissions?
Dropbox for Gmail does request certain permissions in order to make your browsing experience better.
Dropbox for Gmail requires that you give permission to add Dropbox functionality to the Gmail experience.
What if I see a 'third-party cookies' error when I try to sign in to the Dropbox for Gmail integration?
If you try to sign in to the integration but encounter a 'third-party cookies' error message, it’s likely because third-party cookies have been blocked on your browser. Dropbox needs to be able to add cookies for this extension to work.
What if I’m having issues creating Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides in Dropbox?
First make sure the email you use for your Google account matches the one used for your Dropbox account. If it doesn’t, change the email you use for Dropbox.
If you’ve done that and it’s still not working, try enabling third-party cookies in your browser settings.