Email Files Directly to Box with Folder Email Addresses

We want Box to be the hub for your organization's content - the place where files are centralized and easily extended to relevant applications and devices. But before you can share and manage your content online, you first need to get your files into Box.

We've launched a new way to upload files to Box that takes advantage of a tool that's already integral to your work life: email. Our new "folder email address" feature lets you email files as attachments directly to the Box folder of your choice from any email application. To get started, simply select a folder, click the "Email files into folder" link under "Folder Options" in the right sidebar, and you'll be provided with a unique email address.

The folder email address will begin with "upload" followed by the first seven letters of the folder name so that you can take advantage of email auto-complete. You can share the email address with colleagues, vendors, partners and other contacts, making it easy for them to upload files to a specific folder, regardless of whether they have a Box account. As a folder owner or editor, you can also choose to block uploads from senders whose email addresses don't belong to folder collaborators, or even turn the feature off entirely.

We look forward to seeing the interesting ways that our users take advantage of this new feature; here are a few suggestions to get you warmed up:

  • Forward files you receive via email directly into a Box account, skipping the cumbersome download-and-then-upload step!
  • CC this email address in a email thread where you're iterating a document, and all versions of that document will be automatically saved to Box
  • Use the folder email address to email scanned files directly into a Box folder

Our existing upload email address feature ( is still available, making it easy to email files to the "Upload from email" folder. But we hope you'll take this new feature for a spin, using folder-specific email addresses to make getting content into the right folder on Box easier than ever before. We'd love to hear your feedback - here, or @boxdotnet.

Post by David Lee, Director of Product Management