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How to easily add Dropbox in Chromebook File Manager

By default, you can only access Google Drive in the Chrome OS file manager. But if you prefer Dropbox on Google Drive, one option is to use the standalone Dropbox app on your Chromebook.

Although it works well enough, drag and drop support is missing which makes it difficult to transfer files back and forth. A better alternative is to use a third-party extension called “File System for Dropbox” which adds the Dropbox folder directly into the Chrome OS file manager. That’s how.

How to add Dropbox in Chromebook File Manager

Open the file manager on your Chromebook to add Dropbox in the Chromebook File Manager and click on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner. Now select the option called “

Add new service” and click “Install new service” from the displayed options.

Installing New Service Chrome File Manager

You can see a pop-up with all the available services that work with Chrome OS File Manager. Scroll down until you see the option called “File system for Dropbox“. Now click on the blue “Install” button next to it.

Installing Dropbox In Chrome Os

The pop-up subsides indicating that it is installing the service. The installation may take two to five minutes to install. Since the installation process is a bit strange, you need to manually close the popup after five minutes. There will be no guidance on installing dropbox. If you waited five minutes, it will be installed without any problems.

Now again click on the three-point menu> Add new services, now you can see a new option called “File System for Dropbox“. Click on it.

File System By Dropbox

On the window that appears, click on the “Add your Dropbox” button to start the installation.

The Dropbox login page will open where you can log in to your Dropbox account or create a new account if you wish from here.

Once logged in, click the “Allow” button to authorize Dropbox to access system files and folders.

And that’s all, you have successfully installed Dropbox on your Chrome OS file manager and you can also transfer files between them simply by dragging them.

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