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Attaching media from Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive

With easy access to all of your images and videos through integrations with Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, you can save even more time when posting content through Buffer.

This article contains the following sections:

  1. Authorizing your connection
  2. Uploading media from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive to your posts

Authorizing your connection

Before you’re able to access your images and videos from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive, you need to go through a simple authorization.

⚠️ Buffer uses Uploadcare to facilitate the integrations with Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. You’ll see Uploadcare referred to throughout the authorization steps.

  1. First, you’ll select which integration you’d like to authorize. In order to find the integrations tray that you see in the .gif above, you can either click Create Post or click into a posting slot from any of your social channel queues.

    Since the process looks very similar regardless of which file-sharing app you choose, let’s just use Dropbox as an example.
  2. Click Connect to Dropbox.

  3. Next, it will ask you to login to your account. If your account information is already cached in your browser from a recent session, you might not see this step.

    📝 In OneDrive, it’s required that Buffer is an approved app within your OAuth apps. To do this, a OneDrive admin can follow these directions from OneDrive.

    *This image shows what this step should look like when authorizing with Dropbox (left), Google Drive (center), and OneDrive (right).
  4. Once logged in, you’ll authorize Uploadcare to access your files on your behalf. As a reminder, Uploadcare is the integration Buffer uses to provide access to Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.

    This is what it looks like for Dropbox. It should look similar for both Google Drive and OneDrive.

  5. Once authorized, you’re ready to upload images and videos from Dropbox, Google Drive, and/or OneDrive directly into your Buffer posts.

Uploading media from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive to your posts

The images and videos you add to posts from these file-sharing apps have the same file type and size requirements as all images and videos added to your posts. You can view those requirements here: Ideal image sizes and formats for your posts

To upload your images and videos from your favorite file sharing service straight into your Buffer post, you’ll follow a few steps.

  1. Select which integration you’d like to pull your image or video from.

  2. If you’re already authorized and logged in, you should see your list of files and folders right away.
  3. Select an image or video that falls within the ideal image size and format for posts.
  4. If you'd like to edit your image, you can do that now by clicking the pencil icon. To see a full guide, head here: Editing your images in Buffer.
  5. Finish up your post by adding text and scheduling it. If you're not sure what each of the scheduling options means, head over to our article here: Scheduling posts.
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