How to Stop Dropbox from Using Cellular Data for iPhone Uploads

Getting tired of Dropbox feasting on your precious cellular data to upload files? Fret not, you can stop this from happening on your iPhone in just a few taps. After reading this brief explanation, you’ll be well-equipped to keep Dropbox from using your cellular data for uploads.

Step by Step Tutorial: Stopping Dropbox from Using Cellular Data on an iPhone

Before diving into the step-by-step guide, it’s important to understand what you’re about to do. Following these steps will configure Dropbox to only upload files when your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, thus preserving your cellular data for other uses.

Step 1: Open the Dropbox App

Open the Dropbox app on your iPhone.

Upon opening the app, make sure you’re logged into your account. If not, do so to proceed with the following steps.

Step 2: Access the Account Settings

Tap on the "Account" tab located at the bottom of the screen.

This will take you to your account-related settings where you can manage various preferences for the app.

Step 3: Tap on the Gear Icon

Tap on the gear icon in the upper-left corner to open the settings menu.

This icon will lead you to the settings menu where you can adjust various app settings including those related to data usage.

Step 4: Select "Cellular Data"

Scroll until you find the "Cellular Data" option and select it.

This is where Dropbox allows you to control how the app uses your cellular data.

Step 5: Turn off Cellular Data for Uploads

Switch off the toggle next to "Use Cellular Data for Uploads."

By toggling this off, you instruct Dropbox to only perform uploads when your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, thus saving your cellular data.

After completing these steps, your Dropbox app will no longer use cellular data to upload files. Your uploads will only occur when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, ensuring that you won’t run through your data plan unexpectedly.

Tips: Optimizing Dropbox Usage on an iPhone

  • Regularly check your Dropbox app settings to ensure they remain aligned with your data usage preferences.
  • Consider setting your iPhone to automatically connect to familiar Wi-Fi networks to facilitate Dropbox uploads without manual intervention.
  • Keep an eye on the size of files you’re uploading; larger files can consume significant data if uploaded over cellular by accident.
  • Disable background app refresh for Dropbox to prevent it from updating content in the background and using data.
  • Monitor your overall data usage in the iPhone’s "Settings" to understand how much data Dropbox and other apps are consuming.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if Dropbox is using my cellular data?

In the iPhone’s "Settings," under "Cellular," you can see a list of apps and the amount of data they’ve used. Dropbox will be listed here if it’s using cellular data.

Can I set Dropbox to only upload certain types of files over Wi-Fi?

Dropbox doesn’t offer settings to filter uploads by file type. The cellular data setting applies to all uploads.

Will turning off cellular data for uploads affect my ability to access files on Dropbox?

No, you’ll still be able to access your files. This setting only affects the upload process.

What happens to my uploads if I lose Wi-Fi connectivity?

Uploads will pause and resume once you reconnect to a Wi-Fi network.

Can I still manually upload files using cellular data?

Yes, you can manually upload individual files using cellular data even with the setting turned off. You’ll be prompted to confirm data usage for each manual upload.


  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Access the Account settings.
  3. Tap the gear icon for settings.
  4. Select "Cellular Data."
  5. Turn off Cellular Data for uploads.


In today’s world, conserving cellular data on your iPhone is as valuable as saving money in the bank. Dropbox, while a handy tool for file storage and sharing, can be a silent culprit in consuming your data plan if left unchecked. However, with a few easy steps outlined in this article, you can take control and prevent Dropbox from using cellular data for uploads. It’s a win-win—you maintain access to your files without the worry of overage charges. And remember, it’s not just about saving data; it’s about being smart with how you use your resources. So go ahead, follow the guide, and make the most of your iPhone and Dropbox without the added data expense.

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