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Email Files to a Dropbox Account With Send to Dropbox

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Ever wished you could send email attachments to your Dropbox account just by forwarding them to a special address? With free service Send to Dropbox, you can do just that.

Authorize Send to Dropbox to connect to your Dropbox account, you’ll be provided with a unique email address (something like Any emails you send to that address (by forwarding them or by including the address in the email’s “BCC:” field, for example) will automatically get processed by Send to Dropbox.

By default, Send to Dropbox will store email attachments as files in an “Attachments” folder in your Dropbox account, but on the settings page, you can instruct it to also save a copy of the email messages themselves (in either plain text or HTML format), as well as to extract any ZIP archives it encounters. In addition, you can modify the folder structure it uses:

In my testing, Send To Dropbox worked very well, providing a very simple way to get files out of email and into my Dropbox account — it’s particularly handy if you work from a mobile device, as all you have to do is forward emails. Of course, if you’re dealing with confidential information, the security of using a third-party app like this could be a concern. According to the site’s published privacy policy, Send To Dropbox only stores your Dropbox ID and doesn’t store the emails you send to it, and as it uses OAuth to connect to your Dropbox account, you don’t hand over your Dropbox password to the service. All that’s quite reassuring, but I wouldn’t recommend uploading particularly sensitive files using this app.

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