The best way to move data from Dropbox to SharePoint Online natively

Businesses worldwide utilize cloud storage to make their data accessible across various devices, save on storage costs, and more easily share data digitally. However, despite such benefits, not every cloud platform is ideal for you and your business, hence why you may consider alternating between services. Although, you may not yet know the best way to transfer data from one service to another.

In this blog post, we’ll be demonstrating how you can migrate your data from Dropbox to SharePoint Online natively, without the need for any third-party tools. It’s a relatively simple process, but we’ve created a step-by-step guide which you can follow along with below.


  1. Open SharePoint Admin Center
  2. Enter migration settings
  3. Get started with Dropbox
  4. Connect your Dropbox business account
  5. Select directories for scanning
  6. Scan your directories
  7. Select copy to migration
  8. Map equivalent users, groups and domain groups
  9. Begin migration
  10. Wait for data transfer completion

We will be providing a step-by-step walkthrough with pictures, demonstrating the native means by which you can transition from Dropbox to SharePoint Online. To support readers who aren’t yet adept with computers, we’ve tried to make this post (and all others) as comprehensive and straightforward as possible.


  1. Guide | Transitioning from Dropbox to SharePoint Online natively
  2. Endnote | Recap & Farewell

Guide | Transitioning from Dropbox to SharePoint Online natively

Step 1 – Visit the SharePoint Admin Center

Authorized users may access the SharePoint Admin Center through the Office365 Admin Center linked here. Within the Office365 Admin Center, you will find additional centers by scrolling to the bottom of the left side panel. If you only see the “Show All” option, consider selecting it and looking once more. When you locate the “SharePoint” option, select it.

Step 2 – Enter migration settings

You will find the “Migration” option listed within the left side panel of the SharePoint Admin Center. Clicking this option will alter the larger right panel- displaying the “Migration” page.

Step 3 – Get started with Dropbox

You may locate the Dropbox option within the “Migration” page and select “Get started” to continue.

Step 4 – Connect to Dropbox

You will find the “Migration” option listed within the left side panel of the SharePoint Admin Center. Clicking this option will alter the larger right panel- displaying the “Migration” page. Please be aware that you need to connect your Dropbox account as prompted. You must do so to proceed.

Step 5 – Grant access

When prompted by the site, click “Allow” to grant Microsoft the necessary access to your Dropbox account. Each permission Microsoft 365 migration will attain is listed to you, so you need not worry about any significant security risk.

Step 6 – Select and scan your directories

You may select root folders by ensuring the box/circle prefixing the folder’s name displays a checkmark. After which, you should choose the “Scan” option. After which, you’ll need to wait for the scan to complete.

Step 7 – Begin migration

You can now begin migrations; do so by clicking on “Copy to Migrations” from the action bar above your transfer information. The site will request you confirm this decision, be aware and choose “Copy to migrations” to continue.

Step 8 – Map users

Initially, Office365 will be unaware of which Dropbox user corresponds to which Office user; however, you will change that. You are met with textboxes on the left side, each containing a Dropbox user, with additional textboxes suffixing them. You must enter the corresponding Office user into each box. Finally, you must select “Save” to continue- the button is at the bottom of the page.

Step 9 – Map groups

Similar to the last case, with users, Office365 will not know which Dropbox group corresponds to which SharePoint site; thus, assigning the equivalents is left to you. Lastly, you must select “Save” to continue. Once finished, the button is at the bottom of the page.

Step 10 – Map Domains

To conclude mapping, you must lastly tie your associated dropbox domain group (in our case, “”) to your SharePoint domain group (which we cannot share). Finally, finish by selecting save once more.

Step 11 – Initiate migration

The following page allows you to go back and make changes; however, it will enable us to confirm our choices and begin our migration via the “Migrate” button. If you are ready, click “Migrate.”

Step 12 – Await the data transfer’s completion

The tedious data transfer has begun; it can take a while to complete. The process’ completion is identifiable by a lack of changes to the values labeled “Successful” in both the “Files” and “Data” tables.

Endnote | Recap & Farewell


Users of Dropbox can easily migrate to SharePoint Online — with Office365’s native migration tools. The process occurs within the SharePoint Admin Center, requiring administrative privileges on both platforms. The migration tool is quick to set up; although, susceptible to delay.


As usual, offering thanks to our readers for their support is the intention of our closing section. We’d be pleased to know you found this post helpful and informative. If you have any more Office 365 related queries, please consult our related articles (listed below). However, if you have other questions, consider looking at the rest of the site. We frequently post new stuff each week and may have the guide or troubleshooting tips you need. Regardless, we wish you a good day/night- farewell, readers. 

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