In order to have a more organized workspace, many people use multiple Dropbox accounts. I’m sure you know by now that Dropbox offers a great service for storing your files in the cloud. The only problem with it is that once you’re signed in to one account, you can’t sign in to other accounts on the same PC. It doesn’t matter if they are linked or not, as soon as there’s an account logged onto your machine then all of them will be locked out. But don’t despair!
There is still an easy way to get around this restriction and use multiple Dropbox accounts on one computer without having to log out of them. All you need is a little time and some patients.
Dropbox is the go-to service for cloud storage as well as file syncing. However, it’s also one of the more expensive options out there once you’ve used up the free storage allotment. You can only use multiple accounts on a single machine if you subscribe to the business packages. As always, we have bought you a few ways for getting around this.
Easy – Use the Website
The simplest way is to use the desktop program for your primary account. Then sign in to your secondary account through the Incognito Mode, if you want to stay signed into your main account.
The Dropbox website will give you access to all of the files in a single account, it includes basic uploading as well as folder-creating capabilities. Doing it all via the web isn’t as fast or as easy as using your file explorer, you also lose the convenience of background syncing. However, the usage of a secondary account is only occasional, then this is the easiest way.
If you want to access a specific folder on a secondary account, share the relevant folder.
- Log in to the Dropbox website using your secondary account. Click on “New shared folder.”
Click on “Create and share a new folder”. OR. “Share an existing folder” respectively.
- Select the folder you have to share, click on “Next.”
- Enter your primary Dropbox account mail address, make sure “Can edit” is enabled. Select “Share.” You will receive an email on your primary account. Click on “go to folder”.
- Dropbox doesn’t allow sharing of the root folder; thus, this won’t help you get extra space.
- If the above two procedures don’t suffice, then you could go for Multiple PC Logins.
Automator for macOS to use Multiple Dropbox accounts
- Use your Mac’s built-in Automator program to create a second instance of Dropbox. Make sure you’ve downloaded, installed Dropbox, and set it up with your primary account. Create a new Dropbox folder.
- Open the Automator program, click on “Workflow,” then click on “Choose.”
- In the “Library” sub-menu, scroll down and click on “Run Shell Script.” Click, then drag the Run Shell Script entry into the right side of the window which is labeled as “Drag actions or files here.”
- Click inside the shell script text box, then delete “cat.” Replace it with the following script
- HOME=$HOME/Dropbox2 /Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox &
- Click on “Run.” A new Dropbox appears. This’ll allow you to log in with your secondary account. Then set it up.
- Click on File > Save to save the Automator workflow. Name it anything you want, place it wherever you see fit, then double-click on the script any time you want to sync. You have the ability to add the script to your login items so that it starts automatically when you turn on your computer.
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