Before you start:

Step 1 of 5: Create a Dropbox or Google account

To download your eBooks from Dropbox onto your Kobo Forma, you’ll need to create either a Dropbox account or Google account. After you create an account, you can link your Kobo account to your Dropbox account.

If you already have a Dropbox or Google account, you can skip this step.

Create a Dropbox account

With a free Dropbox account, you’re limited to linking 3 devices. The good news is, when you link your Kobo account, it won’t count as a device. This means that you can link 3 devices to your Dropbox account, in addition to your Kobo account.

For example, you can link your laptop, phone, desktop, and your Kobo account to Dropbox.

Learn more about the number of devices you can link to Dropbox.

Create a Google account

  • If you prefer to create a Google account, visit and create an account.

Step 2 of 5: Get the Dropbox code from your eReader

To link the Dropbox service to your eReader, you’ll need to get a code and enter it on the Dropbox website. Make sure your eReader is connected to a Wi Fi network before you start.

On your eReader:

  1. Go to your Home screen.
  2. Tap the epd_menu_-png.png Menu icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Accounts.
  5. Under ‘Dropbox’, tap Get Started.
  6. You’ll see a Dropbox code.

The next step is to enter the code you see on your eReader into the Dropbox website.

Step 3 of 5: Enter the code on the Dropbox website

After you enter the code you see on your eReader into the Dropbox site, your eReader account will link to your Dropbox account. When your eReader and Dropbox accounts are linked, your eReader can access files you upload to Dropbox.

On your computer or phone:

  1. Go to
    You’ll see a ‘Link with Dropbox’ screen.
  2. Enter the code seen on your eReader.
  3. Click Link with Dropbox.
  4. Sign in to your Dropbox or Google account. If you’re already signed in, go to the next step.
    • To sign in with your Google account, click Sign in with Google.
    • To sign in with your Dropbox account, enter your Dropbox user name and password into the ‘Email’ and ‘Password’ fields, and click Sign in.
  5. You’ll see a screen requesting access. Click Allow.
    A message will confirm that your eReader is linked with Dropbox.
  6. On your eReader, you’ll see a “Your Kobo eReader is now linked with Dropbox” screen.


Step 4 of 5: Add your files to Dropbox

Once you’ve linked the Dropbox service to your eReader, you can add your non-protected ePub, PDF, and other supported files to Dropbox.

You can add files to Dropbox using:

  • The Dropbox app on your computer (PC and Mac)
  • The Dropbox website on your computer or smartphone

For steps on how to add files to Dropbox using the app, visit the Dropbox support page.

To add files using the Dropbox website on your computer:

  1. Sign in to your Dropbox account.
  2. Click Apps.
  3. Click Rakuten Kobo.
  4. Add your files to the ‘Rakuten Kobo’ folder using any method below:Drag-and-drop
    Drag-and-drop your files into the middle of the screen.
    Dropbox_add_files_callout-01-01.pngBrowse files from your computer
    Click Upload files and browse for documents you want to upload from your computer.

Step 5 of 5: Sync your eReader

To add books from Dropbox to your eReader, you’ll need to sync your eReader over Wi Fi.

  1. Go to your Home screen.
  2. Tap the sync_png.png Sync icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Sync.
    Your eReader will download any new books you’ve added to your Dropbox account.

Your Dropbox books and content will appear in the My Books menu.

View Dropbox files on your Kobo Forma eReader

To see items you added to your Dropbox account on your eReader, follow the steps below. You’ll need access to Wi Fi before you start.

  1. Go to your Home screen.
  2. Tap the epd_menu_-png.png Menu icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap My Dropbox.
    A list of items you added to the ‘Rakuten Kobo’ folder will appear.

If you don’t see your content, try one of the following:

  • Tap Refresh.
  • Tap the windows-actions.svg More icon in the grey bar and tap Refresh.

You should see the files you added to your ‘Rakuten Kobo’ folder appear. Tap on the file to download and view the file.

If you don’t see your files from Dropbox on your eReader after trying the steps above:

  • Verify on Dropbox that the files are in the ‘Apps>Rakuten Kobo’ folder.
  • Make sure your eReader has access to Wi Fi.
  • Sync your eReader over Wi Fi.

Learn more about using Dropbox on your Kobo eReader

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