Why doesn’t Dropbox support dd-mm-yy non-US date format? [Update: now resolved.]

Oded Ran
Oded Ran
Jun 16, 2012 · 1 min read

There’s one thing about Dropbox that drives me nuts. The date format. If you use their website, all files are listed using the US format of mm-dd-yyyy (e.g. 06–16–2012). According to , only Americans and Belizans use the month-day-year format. Most of the world, over 3 billion people, use day-month-year and over 1.5 billion (mainly in China, Japan and Korea) use year-month-day. For anyone else, seeing a date like 10–01–2012 is hugely confusing (it’s October 1st rather than January 10th).

Quite a few , , and call for Dropbox to let customers choose the . Over even votes for it. The strangest bit? , so the majority of Dropbox customers would actually benefit from this change. So how strange that this is still deprioritised. It’s not like British users are asking Dropbox to or something like that.

Anyone else finds this annoying? If you’ve found a solution let me know in the comments.

Update: Dropbox finally added the option to set the date format. It’s here:

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