Download Videos from Dropbox to Camera Roll

You can download videos directly from Dropbox to Camera Roll on iPhone or iPad, so you can play the videos offline anytime you like. Dropbox is changing fast, you may have to use different ways to export videos from Dropbox to your iPhone or iPad devices. You can also refer to this guide to download videos from Dropbox to iPhone or this tutorial to export and save Dropbox videos to iPad.

Download Videos from Dropbox to Camera Roll

If you are using the latest version of Dropbox for iOS, you can download any videos from Dropbox to Camera roll on iPhone or iPad in just three easy steps.

Step 1. Find the videos you like to download in Dropbox

Run the Dropbox app on your iPhone or iPad. Sign in your Dropbox account if not yet. Then browse to your video folder, select and open the video you like to download to your Camera Roll.

Step 2. Click video Share button in Dropbox

One you opened a videos in Dropbox, there will be a Share icon at the top right corner. Tap on Share button, you will open the options to share or save the video at the bottom section of your iPhone or iPad screen.

save video from dropbox to iphone

Step 3. Download videos from Dropbox to Camera Roll

You will see various options to send, share or save videos. For example, you can send Dropbox videos through message, email, share Dropbox videos on Twitter, Facebook and so on. To download videos from Dropbox to Camera Roll, click the Save Video button to instantly export video from Dropbox and save to your iPhone Camera Roll or photo library.

downloading video from dropbox to iphone camera roll

Keep in mind that if the video downloaded from Dropbox to Camera Roll is not natively support on iPhone, you need a third party video app or player to open or play the vide on iPhone. A better solution however is to convert videos or movies to iOS compatible format on computer before uploading to Dropbox or sending to iPhone iPad iPod touch. You can download and try the video converter below.

Download Videos from Dropbox to Camera Roll – Old way

The Dropbox app for iOS lets you download any videos from your Dropbox directly to your Camera Roll on iOS device. You firstly upload videos from other devices or computers to Dropbox. Then run Dropbox on iPhone and find the uploaded video on iPhone through Dropbox. However you will find immediately that the share button is grayed out. Here comes the trick to download videos from Dropbox to Camera Roll. You must favorite the video selected in the Dropbox for iPhone or iPad, then you will notice that the share button is ready for use. See below figure.

Download Videos from Dropbox to Camera Roll

Now tap on the share button in Dropbox, you will see options as Save to Photo Library and Open in ….. You can now download the video from Dropbox to Camera Roll by tapping on the Save to Photo Library. It is the simple act of favoriting in Dropbox for iPhone begins a download process you barely notice.

Now we know the trick that the Dropbox app will automatically download videos when you mark them as Favorites by viewing a video and tapping the star icon at the bottom of the screen.

Do you have any videos on your computer need to upload to Camera Roll on iPad/iPhone? A cable or iTunes can’t help. The free file sharing app, Dropbox, is your best choice to transfer videos from computer to iPhone. Personally I download many videos from Dropbox to Camera Roll using this method and highly recommend it to anyone want to send videos from comptuer to Camera Roll without iTunes or cable, but just Wi-Fi connection. You can also refer to more related iPhone iPad video transfer guides below:

20 thoughts on “Download Videos from Dropbox to Camera Roll”

  1. Hi, thanks for getting back to me so soon. But when i click save video, it said “this type of video cannot be saved to this device.” I have an iphone 5c and have no idea why this wont work.
    Thanks again.

  2. I am able to click the share button but i dont have a option to save to picture library or anything, its just sais send to twitter or facebook. Please help! Thanks.

    1. Hello Rhyia,

      We have just updated this guide to reflect the change of the latest Dropbox for iOS app. You can now download dropbox videos to iPhone or iPad camera roll or photo library by simply tapping on the Save Video button. See the above guide for details.


      1. ….have you ever had problems with the audio not coming along for the ride? The video clip shows up in Camera Roll, but without sound.

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