Getting Started with Dropbox


Dropbox is a cloud-based file storage service that allows you to sync files from your computer or mobile device and easily share files with other people.

This page will help you get started using UO's Dropbox service:

Invitation to UO Dropbox Team

When you're first granted access to the UO Dropbox service, you'll receive an invitation email from Dropbox to your email account. There are two versions of that email message:

Version 1: New UO User

If you've never had a Dropbox account using your UO email address, your invitation email will say Join your University of Oregon teammates on Dropbox Business. (See screenshot below.) Click the blue button that says Join your team.

Join your team screen

Version 2: Existing Account with UO Email Address

If you have a personal Dropbox account using your UO email address, your invitation email will say Join your (number) University of Oregon teammates in under 2 minutes. (See screenshot below.) Click the blue button that says Join your team.

Then you'll have the option to decide whether you want to move your Dropbox account into the UO team:

  • Choose Combine accounts if you want to take advantage of UO's no-cost service. Dropbox will move your files into the UO team for you. Please note that your account will only be active while you're affiliated with the university. If you want to keep your files after that, you'll need to move them out.
  • Choose Create new account if you want ongoing access to your files when you leave the university. Please note that you will continue paying for your Dropbox account, and will need to change the email address associated with it. After you do this, you can still use UO's Dropbox service separately by signing in to Dropbox as described below.

You can also just ignore the invitation.

Note: If you're a faculty or staff member and would like information about transitioning other types of Dropbox accounts into the UO team, please submit a help request through the Dropbox Support page.

Join your team screen

Activating Dropbox without an invitation email

If you don't have an invitation email, that's OK! You should get the same choices described above if you sign in to Dropbox.

  • If you see a notice saying University of Oregon, Invited to a team by (Someone), you can click the Join the team button. Please note the special considerations if you already have a Dropbox account using your UO email address.
  • If you don't see that notice, click the notification bell in the upper right corner and you may see the invite there.

Downloading Dropbox

If you'd like to install the Dropbox app on your computer or mobile device so you can sync files to the cloud, see Installing the Dropbox Application.

Signing in to Dropbox

  1. Visit in a web browser or launch Dropbox on your computer. For your first login, we recommend using
  2. Enter your email address as your username and you will see Single Sign-On enabled. Click Continue, and you should be directed to a UO Shibboleth single sign-on log-in page.
  3. Log in with your Duck ID and password.
  4. You should now be logged in to the UO Dropbox service.
Note: The first time you log in, you will also be prompted to enable or disable Smart Sync. This feature allows files on your computer to be available as either online-only, local, or in mixed-state folders. Learn more in the Smart Sync quick start guide from Duke University or at How to use Dropbox Smart Sync on the Dropbox support website.
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