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Can I use Dropbox to stream video?

How to Stream

  1. Sign-in to
  2. Check All Files in the left sidebar.
  3. Click the name of the video file, and its preview page will open.
  4. Click on the preview to play it.

Note: If you’re on the Dropbox mobile app, single-tap the file and its preview page will open.

Limits and Things to Note

  • If the owner of the file is an MIT Dropbox user (or Dropbox for Business user), you can stream the first 4 hours on or in the Dropbox Mobile App.
  • In order to avoid downloading the file to your local machine, it must be viewed on as a preview or on the mobile app.
  • All mobile apps and web should be able to stream it, assuming it is one of Dropbox's supported format for streaming.
  • If it is viewed on the desktop, then it can be re-smart sync'd back to online-only once you're done watching it.

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Last Modified:

August 07, 2020

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