Using DropBox to Work with Files Offline on your iPad


DropBox is an online storage and file syncing service that offers 2GB of free space for your data. You install client software on your computer and it creates a special folder called (no surprise) DropBox. On the Mac side, this folder shows up in the Finder under Places, making it simple to drag and drop files from your Mac to your DropBox. You can also choose to add a DropBox icon to your menu bar. On a Windows computer, the default location for this folder is inside your My Documents folder.
With the DropBox app for iPad you can easily view nearly any type of file in your online DropBox. You may also open that file in a compatible app on the iPad. Here’s how to make that file available locally on your iPad. See the star?

From the Dropbox iPad app:

  1. Find the file you’d like to save offline in the file list view.
  2. Tap on the downward arrow next to it to reveal a set of actions.
  3. Tap Make Available Offline.

 

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About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 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. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.