How to allow others to upload to your Dropbox account

You work with others every day. Some of them are in–house personnel while others are outside contractors, partner companies or clients. Maybe you need to collect assignments from students.

What do you think is the easiest solution for all these use cases? Yes, e-mail. People can send you files by email, but getting hundreds of emails or receiving confidential files in your email is not the best solution. Also, who likes to receive emails anyway?

What is Dropbox File request?

If you are a Dropbox user, and wonder How do I allow others to upload to my Dropbox? You may already know about a feature call File Request.

The essence of Dropbox Requests is to let others to upload to your Dropbox account. Your clients, work colleagues, students, etc – can upload files to a designated folder in your Dropbox account

They do not need a Dropbox account and you’ll get an instant email notification as soon as new files are added to your Dropbox.

Although this solution works just fine, it’s not without its share of limitations that probably do not make it the best choice for professional users.

File Request Pro – An alternative to Dropbox File Requests built for professional users.

Let dive into some differences between Dropbox Request and File Request Pro when you need to let others upload files to your Dropbox Account

Viewing the email of the user who submitted a file using Dropbox File Request.

When a person receives a file request, she is asked for a valid email. However, the owner of the file request, can only see the person’s name, but not their email. So if you need to contact that person, it would be impossible unless you know this person’s name or you can track back the file to that person.

With File Request Pro you can collect the upload email as well. You will receive the email in your notification emails and you can also see the email address in your File Request Pro dashboard.

How to brand Dropbox File Requests?

If you are a business user that needs to collect sensitive information from your customers, then presenting a professional image with your branding is an important feature of your company communication strategy. People usually like to deal with professionals, especially when it comes to sensitive information.

Sadly, Dropbox requests can not be customized with your own logo, information or company name. Not only this, but after uploading a file to your Dropbox account, users are invited to become Dropbox customers.

As I will show later, you can customize your File Request Pro upload page not only with your company logo but also your own colors, wording, etc. people can have a deeper understanding of who they are sharing their documents with and you will look like a pro.

Building an upload page to allow others to upload to your Dropbox

By creating a file upload form with File Request Pro you get the best of both worlds, seamless experience for your customers: No sign in required, simple drag and drop interface, your brand and color theme. And you can still use Dropbox to manage your files.

Before diving into the implementation, take a look at this sample form.

As you can see this form can be embedded on any web page. Do you a need upload widget for Dropbox? Just use File Request Pro to create one and allow others to upload to your Dropbox

Create an upload form with File Request Pro

Creating a new upload form with File Request Pro is a 5-min process, you do it once and receive files as long as you need to.

After registering and connecting to your existing Dropbox account you will gain access to the File Request Pro admin area to build your first upload page.

Allow others to upload to dropbpox

Add as many form fields as you like with a simple-to-use form builder

Dropbox file request - Adding more fields and ask information

Customize your page and form to match your brand and website colors

Dropbox request - Allow other to upload to a branded page

Once you create a page, you can invite people to upload files by sharing your page URL or embed your form directly in your website. This is done by copying and pasting 3 lines of code

Dropbox brandable upload widget for your website

By using File Request Pro, you can easily create a professional designed file request page to allow others to upload to your Dropbox account.  Get the best of both worlds, keep using Dropbox for your files and offer yours customers a professional, branded experience that make your company look great.

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