Dropbox is an excellent cloud storage service, despite it losing out to Google Drive in our recent fight.
That’s in part because Dropbox allows developers to come up with their own apps and services for you to use.
That means Dropbox can be used as more than just a file storage system. You can use the service to back up and organize important files that may be scattered all over the web, stream music, or even host a website. Using Dropbox you can do the following:
1. “Favorite” – Mark Favorite Files for Offline Reading
The favorite file or If you “favorite” images or text documents on your mobile device using the Dropbox app, you can access those files later, even if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular service.
2. “My documents” folder
Windows users: What happens if you forget a file at work or school and you need it right away? Letting your “My Documents” folder live in Dropbox will make sure this never happens.
If you use a work computer, personal computer, tablet and/or smartphone, moving your Dropbox from the local “My Documents” folder on your computer to your Dropbox in the cloud can help you keep everything in sync.
Lifehacker describes how to easily do this: right-click on your Documents folder, select Properties, and then on the Location tab you can specify the new file path.
Another helpful way to easily access the service for windows users is to add Dropbox to your start menu. HowToGeek has put together an excellent guide here.
3. Email Files to Dropbox as Attachments
When you don’t have access to Dropbox, it comes in handy to have an alternate way to upload files.
If you create an account at SendToDropbox.com, you can send files to a custom email address as attachments. The files will automatically appear in your Attachments folder in Dropbox.
4. Back up your entire Android phone so you never lose anything
In addition to only backing up your photos, if you have an Android smartphone or tablet you can backup your entire device to the service by using app DropSpace.
DropSpace is the easiest way to back up your phone for free. You should use this app because you never know when your phone will take a swim or a corrupted file erases all your photos.
4. Get More Storage — For Free
If you’re a free user of Dropbox, you can immediately access 2GB of space, but you can get more storage without having to pay for an upgrade. Dropbox offers 500MB for every friend that you refer to the service, 250MB for completing a “Getting Started” checklist, 125MB for connecting social media and several other options to earn more space. Dropbox Pro users can get up to 32GB of extra space, thanks to referrals.
5. Share music and photos with friends
After you have added photos or music to your Dropbox you can easily share the files by using the Dropbox app from a mobile device by clicking the chain link icon.
You can reach the same effect on the web by selecting the file through the site and clicking the same chain link icon. A link will appear and you can email the file to anyone and they can access the shared file.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox is a small desktop application that lives on your computer but backups to the cloud.
Choose a day, time and how often you wish yor backup to be performed and kick back and wait for your websites files and more to be dropped in your Dropbox.
You can set where you want your backup stored within Dropbox and on your server as well as choose what files or directories, if any, you wish to exclude from the backup.
WordPress provides robust support and the reviews seem pretty good for the plugin.
7.Host a website from your Dropbox
Using Pancake IO, you can simply create a text file, drop it into the special Pancake folder, and the service will handle all formatting and behind the scenes work that goes into creating and publishing a website. Updating that site is then as easy as modifying the text file in your Dropbox folder so you can do it from anywhere.
8. Maintain Firefox Settings Across Multiple Computers
It’s difficult to maintain specific preferences or add-ons in Firefox when you use the browser on multiple computers. However, you can download Firefox Portable and store it in Dropbox. Since Firefox Portable can be used anywhere, your settings and add-ons will be synced.
9. Download Torrents Remotely
Note: This Dropbox tip is intended for legal use only.
If you’re away from your personal computer and you’d like to download bit torrent files, ready by the time you get home, Dropbox is a perfect tool.
Just adjust the settings in your torrent program (uTorrent, BitTorrent, etc.) to automatically load your torrent in Dropbox.
10.Use DropBox for version control
If you collaborate with colleagues or get feedback on documents it helps to see exactly which changes were made. Free Dropbox accounts get 30 days of file version history but if that’s not enough you can get unlimited file version history with a paid account.
Your progress will always be saved.