iPad Tip: Uploading A File to a Website. Try An Alternative to the Safari Browser

Yesterday I received this request for help in uploading a resumé to an online job website. The Safari app doesn’t support uploading a file from the iPad in this way. My suggested solution is to use an alternative web browser. This will not work in every case, but it may be worth a try. Here’s the email from Jenice and my reply.


I’m applying for jobs online through my iPad using the safari app. For
some reason when I try to attach my resume, which I have saved in
Dropbox, it does not give me an option to go to Dropbox. It only gives
my an option to choose a file from photos. Does it not have the
capability to choose a location other than photos??

Unfortunately, Safari doesn’t directly support the upload function you need. You may be able to use the iCab Mobile browser ($1.99)

This alternative browser app supports file uploading, though it won’t work on every site.
You may need to download your resumé from Dropbox while in iCab. This should put the file in the iCab download manager, making it available for upload to the online job site.

Good luck with the job hunt!

About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, has over twenty-five years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. Andy now runs a professional development business, working on site and online to help others make sense and make use of digital tools. He started the iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale. His iPad Academy helps others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online through a video training series. Video Message from Andy