I’m a big fan of Dropbox to store and sync files across multiple computers and mobile devices. While I primarily use Box, I appreciate the simple and intuitive interface that Dropbox presents. Box has one feature I really wish Dropbox had though: the ability send an email to Dropbox with a file attached and for that file to be automatically uploaded to a Dropbox folder.
It would be helpful to be able to forward or BCC Dropbox on an email and have the attachment stored in Dropbox without extra steps. While are a few third-party sites out there that offer this functionality, I’ll show you what I think is the easiest solution using a very helpful site called ifttt.com (If This Then That). ifttt.com is a web based workflow tool that lets you trigger certain actions using a variety of web apps. If you’ve never tried ifttt.com, setting it up to upload email attachments to Dropbox is a good place to start.
6 step setup:
- Click on this task recipe I’ve shared: http://ifttt.com/recipes/32391 (will open in a new wind0w)
- Click Use. Either logon to an existing IFTTT account or create a new one. (If you are creating a new account, use the same email address you’ll most often be sending email attachments from. Then scroll down to the bottom of the welcome page and click on the blue Back to Recipe button.)
- Click the blue Activate button below the Dropbox icon to authorize use with IFTTT
- Click Use Recipe button to activate
- In your email address book, create a contact named ifttt and set the email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Login to your Dropbox account, click the new folder icon and name the new folder emailattachments
- Create an email to send to ifttt, put the tag #dropbox in the subject or body and attach a file. Send the email.
- Go back to ifttt.com, click on the blue Your Tasks link, click the blue arrow next to the labeled “Upload an email attachment to Dropbox”
- Click the check now button. You should see a message below the button that changes to “…last triggered 1 minute ag0.”
- Verify that the file you attached to the test email is in the emailattachments folder on Dropbox.