Dropbox is a great service that can provide several GB of cloud storage space, for free, to anyone that signs up for an account. They also have apps for many popular mobile devices, including the iPad. The Dropbox app integrates easily with many of the features of your iPad, including the Mail app. This compatibility makes it possible for you to share links to Dropbox files from within the Dropbox app, via your email account.
How to Share a Link to a Dropbox File from an iPad
The steps outlined below are specifically for sharing a link to a Dropbox file, which your message recipient can then click to download the file. This is especially useful if you are attempting to share a large file.
This tutorial will assume that you already have the Dropbox app installed on your iPad. If not, then go to the App Store, search for “dropbox”, install the app, then enter your Dropbox email and password. If you do not know how to install an app on your iPad, you can read this article to learn how to install an app. That article is specifically about installing Netflix, but the principle is the same.
Additionally, you will need to have an email address set up in the Mail app on your iPad. If you do not have an email account set up on your iPad, then you can read this article to learn how.
So once you have Dropbox on your iPad and you have set up the email account from which you want to email the link to the Dropbox file, then follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open the Dropbox app.
Step 2: Touch Files at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Locate the file for which you want to email a link, then select that file.
Step 4: Touch the Share icon at the top-right of the screen.
Step 5: Select the Mail option.
Step 6: Type the email address of your message recipient into the To field, add any additional information, then touch the Send button. Your email recipient can then click the link in the email message to download the file to their computer.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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