If you use your Dropbox account a lot, then the fact that it has apps on many popular devices makes the files int that account very accessible.
But accessing files in the iPhone Dropbox app requires you to have an active Internet connection. Dropbox files are not automatically downloaded to your iPhone, as that can take a lot of your limited device storage space. But you can choose to mark a file as a favorite, which will download the Dropbox file to your iPhone so that you can access it on your iPhone when you do not have Internet access.
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Saving Dropbox Files to the iPhone for Offline Use
The tutorial below will show you how to save a Dropbox file to your iPhone as a favorite. This will allow you to access that file on your iPhone when you do not have an Internet connection. This is a great option if you have a PDF file that you need to use while you are on an airplane, or any other type of similar situation.
Step 1: Open the Dropbox app.
Step 2: Select the Files option at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Select the file that you want to mark as a favorite so that you can save it to your iPhone.
Step 4: Tap the star icon at the bottom of the screen.
You can then touch the Dropbox option at the top-left of the screen and select the Favorites option at the bottom of the next screen to access files that you have marked as favorites.
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