Getting Started with Dropbox at U-M

Who Can Use Dropbox?

U-M Dropbox is available with 5 TB of storage for individual accounts for all active faculty, staff, students, emeritus faculty, and sponsored affiliates at the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine campuses. 

Alumni and Retirees will not retain their U-M Dropbox accounts after leaving the University of Michigan. See Leaving the University at the bottom of this page for more information. 

First Steps

Create your U-M Dropbox account:

  1. If you have another Dropbox account, ensure you are logged out of that account on the web and in the Desktop Application. 
  2. Log in to U-M Dropbox to create your account.
  3. Select the option to sign in with SSO. You will be taken to the U-M Weblogin page where you can then sign in using your uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password.
  4. For the best experience, we recommend using the Desktop application. See Installing Dropbox on Your Device — MiWorkspace customers and Non-MiWorkpace users.

Following these steps, when you sign in to U-M Dropbox, your account will be automatically created.

Note: In the U-M Dropbox enterprise account, there is a limit of 5 connected computers (Mac, Windows, Linux..) and 5 mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, iOS, Andriod, ect.) These limits cannot be exceeded.

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Migrate an existing account that is associated with your UMICH email address:

  1. Log in to your account from dropbox.umich.edu
  2. Enter your UMICH email address and your personal account password. You will then receive an email invite to migrate your account to the U-M Dropbox domain. You will then have the option to Combine Accounts or keep them separate.
  3. Click Combine Accounts to migrate your personal Dropbox account to the U-M Dropbox domain. Sharing will remain when accounts are combined.  

Note: If you choose to keep the accounts separate, you will need to change the email address for your personal Dropbox account so that it is no longer associated with your U-M email address.  

If the invite fails:

The invite will fail if you are already a part of a Dropbox team that is in a different domain. You can choose to:

  1. Leave the other team.
  2. Not create a U-M Dropbox account.
  3. Change the email address used with your current Dropbox account to a non-umich.edu email address.

Toggle between your personal Dropbox account and your U-M Dropbox account:

Once you’ve created your U-M Dropbox account, you have the ability to Add personal Dropbox so you can toggle between the two seamlessly. Before adding your personal Dropbox account, ensure you are not logged in to your Desktop application.

  1. Click the University of Michigan section in the lower left-hand corner.
  2. Click Add personal Dropbox. This link will open a new page with the option to create a personal account to pair with your U-M Dropbox account or Sign in to your personal account. 
  3. Review Move Files between two Dropbox accounts to learn more.

Dropbox Directory 

You can see other members of U-M Dropbox by clicking University of Michigan at the lower-left corner of your Dropbox homepage and then clicking Groups and members. You can then switch between Groups and Members using the corresponding tabs. This enables easier sharing with other members of the U-M Dropbox domain. If you would prefer your name to not be displayed in the Members tab, you can mark yourself as Private in MCommunity. See Privacy and Your MCommunity Profile for more information. However, if you choose to make yourself Private, no one will be able to locate you and this could have implications on how you appear in U-M Google. If you wish to proceed, please contact the ITS Service Center.

Request a Dropbox Team Folder

Dropbox Team Folders are created by request for groups, teams, or departments. Team Folders are designed to share data that is automatically synced for all group members. Both files and folders inside a Team Folder can be shared externally. Content in the Team Folder is owned by the MCommunity group, which is also where Team Folder membership is managed.

Complete the Dropbox Team Folders Request Form to request a Dropbox Team Folder and see Team folders: an overview for more information on how to share content inside Team Folders.

Note: Only Owners of MCommunity groups can request to create a Dropbox Team Folder. Members of an MCommunity group cannot.

Leaving the University

Alumni and retirees will not retain their U-M Dropbox accounts after leaving the University of Michigan. They will have 30 days after leaving the University of Michigan before they lose access. Employees whose U-M employment ends will lose access. Please see Dropbox: Accounts for People Who Leave U-M for more information.