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


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 this, 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 blog posts, bug reports, and change requests call for Dropbox to let customers choose the right date format. Over 500 people even votes for it. The strangest bit? only 32% of Dropbox users are American, 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 change all Z back to S 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: https://www.dropbox.com/account.