Can Dropbox File Request be Used to Collect Files from People?

The answer is yes, but with some important and major limitations. 


Dropbox file requests let you request files from anyone and collect them right in your Dropbox account. 


If you have been searching for a way for people to upload files directly to your Dropbox account, this might seem like the solution you have been looking for, but it’s a very limited solution and has many shortcomings.


  • You cannot collect any information from the person uploading the files.
  • There are no customizable form fields or any type of form builder.
  • There is no way to customize the style or branding of a Dropbox file request.
    They will always have the Dropbox logo and your Dropbox avatar on the upload portal, and there is no way to add your own logo.
  • Notifications are very limited and only go to the owner of the Dropbox.


EZ File Drop does not have any of these limitations.

Can you embed a Dropbox file request in your website?

As shocking as it may seem, no. You cannot embed a Dropbox file request form on your own website. There are no embed codes available for Dropbox file request forms.


This is another difference between Dropbox file request and EZ File Drop. Upload Forms created with EZ File Drop can be embedded on an external website, and you can even customize the form logo, style, and colors to match the look and feel of your website.

Do Dropbox file requests have custom form fields?

No, Dropbox file requests do not have custom form fields and have no way to collect information from the person uploading files.


EZ File Drop can collect form data along with files, giving you the option to collect as much, or as little, information as you want. Common fields include Name, Email, Phone, and Comments - but you can add custom fields for anything you want. You can even check which fields are required or optional.



Can you customize the style of a Dropbox file request?

No. Dropbox file request pages and links cannot be customized, branded, or styled.


EZ File Drop lets you customize, white label, brand, and style your upload forms.


The EZ File Drop Style editor has options to edit nearly every part of your branded upload portal for Dropbox. Click the “Form element” dropdown menu to toggle between all of the different parts of the upload form and change as many or as few settings as you would like. 



Upload forms created in EZ File Drop, and all of your custom branding and styling, is applied to the native upload pages and the embed forms if you embed them on your own website.

Can you customize notifications for Dropbox file requests?

No, Dropbox file requests do not let you customize any email notifications.


EZ File Drop has powerful and highly customizable email notifications. There are three unique notification recipient groups: the Uploader, Team, and Third Party. You can use our default email notifications or paste custom HTML. If you choose to use your own HTML, we make it easy to integrate variables like upload file quantity, form field data, file URLs, and more.



As you can see, Dropbox file requests offer a very basic way for people to upload files to your Dropbox account, but there are many limitations. EZ File Drop is a professional solution that offers all of the features you need to collect files in Dropbox.


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