How to Download a File to Your iPhone 5 from the Dropbox App

If you have an iPhone 5 and a Dropbox account, then hopefully you already know about the convenience of automatically uploading pictures from your iPhone to Dropbox. But the Dropbox app and service are much more than a picture uploader; you can also take advantage of the file syncing to download and store files so that you can use them while you are offline. This is very helpful if you have some songs or videos in your Dropbox account that you want to be able to listen to or watch when you are on an airplane, or a location that doesn’t have a good cell or Wi-Fi signal.


Access Dropbox Files on Your iPhone 5 When You Aren’t Connected to the Internet

Note that you will need to have an Internet connection in order to download the file to your phone. Once it is downloaded you can then access it without an Internet connection. The file will remain accessible from the Dropbox app only, however. If you were, for example, to download a song, it would not appear in the Music app.


Step 1: Launch the Dropbox app.

open the dropbox app



Step 2: Select the Files icon at the bottom of the screen.

open the files menu



Step 3: Swipe from left to right on the file you want to save for offline usage to bring up this menu. You can also open the file, and select the star icon at the bottom of the screen instead.

how to save a dropbox file for offline use on the iphone 5



Step 4: Touch the Star icon to save the file for offline use.

select the star icon



Step 5: Touch the star icon at the bottom of the screen to open your list of files that are saved for offline use. Note that files with a green check mark have been downloaded to the device, while in-progress files have a blue “syncing” icon on them.

example dropbox favorites screen



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