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How to add Dropbox to your Chromebook’s Files App

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Chrome OS is making it easier and easier to access all of you various files that live in the cloud. Obviously, all of your Google Drive storage is accessible by default right there in your Chromebook’s Files app but third-party applications such as Box and One Drive have played well with Chrome OS for some time now. Unfortunately for millions of users, Dropbox remained the outlier for quite some time. Yes, you can always access your Dropbox storage on the web and there’s even an unofficial option for mounting your Dropbox to Chrome OS’ file system but until recently, the options all felt a bit “hacky.” (Yes, there’s an official Dropbox “app” in the Web Store but it’s simply a symbolic link to the website.)

The ability to show cloud storage apps natively has been available for more than a year but for whatever reason, Dropbox was missing the necessary API to take advantage of the feature. At some point, that changed and you can now easily mount your Dropbox to your Files app with a little help from the Play Store. Now, I’m not a big fan of using Android applications on my Chromebook but I also understand that I’m not the normal user. That said, this has changed my perspective a bit. As Robby pointed out, the Google Photos Android app will allow the Android file picker to see Photos as a “mounted” drive. It’s still not permanently mounted in the Files App but it is one step closer to getting our Google Photos back into the file system since they no longer live in Google Drive. Dropbox, however, will mount directly into the Files App when you have the Android application installed.

To get it set up, you will obviously need a Chromebook and a Dropbox account. Once you’ve logged into your Chromebook, head to the settings by clicking the system tray in the bottom-right corner and clicking the gear icon. (If you’ve already enabled the Play Store on your device, skip this step.) On the left side of the settings, you will see an “Apps” tab. Click that and turn on the Google Play Store. The initial setup will take a couple of minutes as it installs and updates any system apps and such. Once it’s finished, search the Play Store for the official Dropbox app. Install that and once it’s ready, log in with your Dropbox account that you set up. That’s it. It may take a minute or two and you will need to close and reopen your Files App but you should the Dropbox mounted below Google Drive. This will be very handy especially for those Chromebook users that just claimed 100GB of free Dropbox storage.

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Chromebook owners now get 100GB of Dropbox cloud storage for free – SlashGear

Google offers various perks in exchange for buying one of its Chromebooks, something that adds a bit of incentive for those who may be on the fence about these small, fairly limited devices. The available perks are updated semi-regularly to add new opportunities, something that recently happened and involves cloud storage company Dropbox. As of now, Chromebook users have the opportunity to get 100GB of cloud storage for free.

If you head over to Google’s ‘Chromebook Perks’ website, you’ll see the addition of a Dropbox perk offering 100GB of cloud storage space for the duration of 12 months (for free, of course) The big requirement is that you own a Chromebook device, enabling you to claim the perk; it must be redeemed by July 23, 2021.

This new perk joins the 100GB of cloud storage space Google gives Chromebook users. This offering involves the Google One platform and is likewise free for the duration of one year, after which point you’ll have to start paying to keep the space.

Cloud storage is arguably vital for Chromebook owners — these devices often have very little onboard storage space and Chrome OS has a rudimentary file management system. Both Dropbox and Google One are similarly priced for those who want to keep the storage — Dropbox offers 2TB for $10/month, while Google One has more plan options, including 100GB for $1.99/month, 200GB for $2.99/month, all the way up to 2TB for $10/month.

As for the Chromebook perks, Google offers a number of other things — there are three free months of Disney+, for example, discounts on Stadia cloud gaming, both DOOM I and DOOM II for free, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, free 30 days of Calm meditation app for free, plus Duet Display, Fallout Shelter, Stardew Valley, and more.

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