Carousel by Dropbox gains native iPad UI, sharing to Instagram and WhatsApp and web app

Carousel 1.7 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

Released in April of 2014, Carousel is a great app to enjoy all your photos stored in Dropbox, but I’ve always resented that it didn’t have a native interface on the iPad. The Dropbox-owned software has received a refresh Thursday, at last adding the native interface on Apple’s tablets.

In addition, Carousel now lets you share images from your Dropbox to Facebook-owner Instagram mobile photography service and WhatsApp mobile messaging platform. And as a nice bonus, the team has thrown in a compelling Carousel web app.

Carousel is available free in the App Store.

Note that sharing to Instagram and WhatsApp is only available within Carousel. The new sharing choices are in addition to the existing Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS sharing.

Neither Dropbox’s main iOS client nor Carousel have iOS 8 Share extensions in place that would allow users to upload content like photos and documents from any app to their Dropbox.

Carousel 1.7 changelog

  • We’ve updated Carousel with one of your most requested features: support for iPad! Now, view your photos and continue conversations on a bigger screen.
  • Plus, we’ve added support for posting to Instagram and WhatsApp.

Carousel collates all your Dropbox photos into a scrollable grid view that’s automatically organized into events.

The app lets you browse any album, rename individual photos, move them between folders as well as send a single photo or a whole day’s worth in just a few taps. And like Dropbox’s iOS app, Carousel can automatically back up all your photos and videos to Dropbox.

“For us Carousel is a long-term investment,” Carousel project lead Chris Lee told The Verge. “There are a lot more exciting things that we’re really looking forward to sharing with you in the future. We’ve got a lot of exciting plans for how to make Carousel even more engaging.”

The 31.1-megabyte download requires iOS 7.0 or later.

Download Carousel free of charge in the App Store.

The web app is available at A version for Android tablets is “a couple weeks away”.