Getting Started with Dropbox at U-M

Join U-M Dropbox

Create your U-M Dropbox account

  1. Go to
Caution: Do not go to to sign in to U-M Dropbox. Do not select "Sign in with Google" or "Sign in with Apple," as neither of these options will sign you into U-M Dropbox.
  1. Log in with your email address to create your account, and select the option to Sign in with SSO. (You may be taken directly to the U-M Weblogin page, where you can sign in using your uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password.)
Important: If you also have a personal Dropbox account, ensure you are logged out of that account on the web and the desktop application before creating your U-M Dropbox account.
  1. After authenticating through U-M Weblogin, you will be taken to the "Single sign-on" page. Click Continue.
  2. Finally, on the "Welcome to University of Michigan's Dropbox Business" page:
    1. Confirm your name is correctly listed.
    2. Check the "I agree to the Dropbox Business Agreement" box.
Note: Our contract with Dropbox will always supersede any click-through agreements that Dropbox shows to you.
  • Click "Finish joining the team."

After following these steps, your account will be automatically created, and you will be taken to the U-M Dropbox homepage. For best practices on accessing your data in U-M Dropbox, refer to Dropbox: Best Practices for Accessing Your Data.

Migrate an existing account associated with your email address to U-M Dropbox

Caution: It is not recommended that you choose to migrate/combine your personal account with your U-M Dropbox account. When you leave the university, you lose access to U-M Dropbox, which means you also lose access to any personal data that you migrated to your U-M account. There is no way to separate the two accounts after they've been combined. You will have to manually download any data you wish to keep before you leave the university.

We recommend you choose to keep the accounts separate by changing the email address associated with your personal Dropbox account before joining U-M Dropbox.

There are two possible scenarios you may encounter:

Scenario #1

  1. Go to and log in via U-M Weblogin.
  2. Select Transfer to University of Michigan when prompted.
  3. Click Join University of Michigan.

You will then be taken to the U-M Dropbox homepage, and your files and folder structures should be there. Your collaborations will remain untouched when the accounts are combined.

Scenario #2

  1. Log in to your account from
  2. Enter your email address and your personal account password. You will receive an email invite to migrate your account to the U-M Dropbox domain. You will be given 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. Your collaborations and folder structures will remain untouched when the 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 in Scenario #2 fails:

The invite will fail if you are already a part of a non-UM Dropbox Team. You can choose to:

  1. Leave the other Team.
  2. Change the email address used with your personal Dropbox account to a non-UMICH email address.
  3. Not create a U-M Dropbox account.

Toggle between your personal Dropbox and U-M Dropbox accounts

Once you've created your U-M Dropbox account, you can link a personal Dropbox account so you can toggle between the two. Before adding your personal Dropbox account, ensure you are not logged in to the Dropbox desktop application.

Click your icon/initials in the top right corner of your U-M Dropbox homepage and select Add personal account. This will open a new page with the option to create a personal account to link with your U-M Dropbox account or sign in to your existing personal account. Refer to Switch between linked Dropbox accounts for more information.

Who Can Use Dropbox?

U-M Dropbox is available to all active faculty, staff, students, emeritus faculty, and Type-1 sponsored affiliates on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses and Michigan Medicine. Individual accounts have a storage limit of 5TB.

Alumni and retirees do not retain their U-M Dropbox accounts after leaving the University of Michigan. Refer to Dropbox: Accounts for People Who Leave U-M for more information.

Request a Dropbox Team Folder

You can self-service request a Dropbox Team Folder for groups, teams, or departments. Team Folders are designed to share data with your group/team, and protect against the potential for data loss when individuals leave the university. 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 self-service Dropbox Team Folders request form to create a Dropbox Team Folder and refer to Team Folders in U-M Dropbox and Team folders: an overview for more details.

Note: Only Owners of MCommunity groups can request to create a Dropbox Team Folder.

Additional Information

Note: In U-M Dropbox, there is a limit of five connected computers (e.g., Mac, Windows, Linux) and five mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, iOS, Android). These limits cannot be exceeded.