How to set up Dropbox on a computer using your iPhone’s camera

Dropbox 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Dropbox 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Dropbox just issued an interesting update to its iOS app with several new features in tow, among them one which makes it a lot easier to set up Dropbox on desktop by scanning an image code with your iPhone’s camera.

Now available free in the App Store, Dropbox version 3.2 contains several accessibility and usability improvements, support for an additional four languages, the ability to reorder your Favorites lists and more.

So, how does one set up Dropbox’s desktop app using their iPhone’s camera? Read on…

If you protect your accounts with two-factor authentication and use dedicate mobile apps like Google Authenticator or Authy to generate access codes, setting up Dropbox on your computer should be familiar.

The process of doing so is a rather simple affair involving scanning an image on your computer (acts as your authorization code) using the iSight camera on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 1: Visit on a computer you wish to set up the desktop Dropbox app on. You’ll see an image on the computer screen which has your authorization code embedded into it.

Step 2: Fire up the updated Dropbox app on your iPhone or iPad, hit the Settings tab at the bottom and choose “Link a Computer”. Tap Next and you’ll be prompted to point your iOS device at the computer screen.

Dropbox 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Dropbox 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)Dropbox 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 005)

Patience is a virtue: just wait a little. A second or so later, the app will recognize the code, approve Dropbox on your desktop and automatically start downloading Dropbox’s OS X client.

Step 3: Double click the “dropboxinstaller.dmg” archive to mount. Open the containing The installer will start downloading the files it needs to complete your installation.

Dropbox for Mac (Installer 002)

Note: If the system gives you a warning saying the app can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the Mac App Store, right-click the file, choose Open from the contextual menu and confirm a dialogue by hitting the Open button again.

Dropbox for Mac (Installer 001)

Step 4: There’s no step 4.

Easy as a pie, no?

Dropbox 3.2 changelog

  • Reorder your Favorites list with a simple touch and hold
  • Set up Dropbox on your computer using your camera
  • Dropbox now remembers recent locations when importing files
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Support for additional languages: Danish, Dutch, Swedish, and Thai
  • Lots of bug fixes and usability improvements

I love that the app now allows me to choose the recently selected folder when saving files to Dropbox.

As evidenced by the screenshot below, just choose your previously accessed folder in the Save Location section when saving files to Dropbox from an iOS device.

Dropbox 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 007)

And here’s reordering your favorites by tapping and holding.

Dropbox 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 008)

Download Dropbox 3.2 free in the App Store.

The universal app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad compatible with iOS 7.0 or later.