If you own a Chromebook, you know that Google Drive is tightly integrated with the File Manager on Chrome OS. All files stored on Google Drive are available for easy access in the Files app, making it easy to transfer files to and from the cloud. What if your primary cloud storage service is not Google Drive, though? Thankfully, the Files app on Chrome OS supports integration from cloud storage services like Dropbox and OneDrive. Let’s see how you can integrate the cloud storage provider you want with your Chromebook. In this guide we follow the steps for installing Dropbox, but OneDrive can be installed by following very similar steps. I will point out the differences in the steps when they arise
The first step is to go to the Chrome Web Store and search for “File System for Dropbox”. If you want to install OneDrive, look for “File System for OneDrive” instead.
- Click the “Add to Chrome” button to install Dropbox on your Chromebook.
- Once your application is installed, you will see it on the App box, which you can reach by pressing the unique “Search” button on the Chromebook or by clicking on the circular icon that is first on the shelf. This search window requires, and Dropbox appears as a newly installed app. (If you installed OneDrive, it should be displayed the same way.)
3. If you do not see the icon under the search bar already, look for “Dropbox” or “OneDrive” in this window, and the icon should appear in your results
4. When you open the app, it will ask for permission to mount your cloud storage data to your Chromebook.
5. Click on Mount, and a window will pop up asking you about your login details. Fill in your details and log in.
6. Click “Allow” when the app asks you to access your Dropbox files.
7. After completing all these steps, you should see your Dropbox folder in the left sidebar of the Files app.
Similarly, if you installed OneDrive, your files should appear in the File app. All your files on the cloud, whether it be OneDrive or Dropbox, will now be easily accessible and transferable in your built-in Files program.