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What does marking a file as a favorite on my phone or tablet do?

You can access a file anywhere, any time by marking it as a favorite. Specifically, this does the following:

  • Adds the file to the app's Favorites tab for easy access (like a bookmark)
  • Saves the file to your iPhone or iPod Touch for offline viewing
  • Keeps the file as up-to-date as possible

iPhone Mark a file as a favorite from the iPhone app

  1. Find the file you'd like to favorite in the file list view.
  2. Swipe from left to right over the file name to reveal a set of icons.

    The star icon marks the file as a favorite
  3. Tap the star icon.

You can also mark a file as a favorite when you preview it by tapping the star at the bottom of the screen.

Once downloaded, you'll be able to access your favorites at any time. To ensure you have the latest versions, Dropbox will update them automatically if you're on a Wi-Fi network. If you're on a cellular (3G or 4G) network and some files have changed, tap each file to open it and get the latest.

Dropbox for Business users

If you have your personal and business accounts connected, you will be able to access all of the files you mark as favorites from the same tab. The Favorites tab allows you to view all your favorite files together or separate them out by account, so you can keep your personal and work data organized on the go.

You can access a file anywhere, any time by marking it as a favorite. Specifically, this does the following:

  • Adds the file to the app's Favorites tab for easy access (like a bookmark)
  • Saves the file to your iPad for offline viewing
  • Attempts to keep the file as up-to-date as possible

iPad Mark a file as a favorite from the iPad app

Mark files as favorites by tapping the star icon while previewing the file.

  1. Find the file you'd like to favorite in the file list view.
  2. Swipe from left to right over the file name to reveal a set of icons.

    The star icon marks the file as a favorite
  3. Tap the star icon.

You can also mark a file as a favorite when you view it by tapping the star at the top right of the screen.

Once downloaded, you'll be able to access your favorites at any time. To ensure you have the latest versions, Dropbox will update them automatically if you're on a Wi-Fi network. If you're on a cellular (3G or 4G) network and some files have changed, tap each file to open it and get the latest.

Dropbox for Business users

If you have your personal and business accounts connected, you'll be able to access all of the files you mark as favorites from the same tab. The Favorites tab allows you to view all your favorite files together or separate them out by account, so you can keep your personal and work data organized on the go.

You can access a file anywhere, any time by marking it as a favorite. Specifically, this does the following:

  • Adds the file to the app's Favorites tab for easy access (like a bookmark)
  • Saves the file to your Android device for offline viewing
  • Attempts to keep the file as up-to-date as possible and gives you the option to update the file manually

Android Mark a file as favorite from the Android app

Mark files as favorites by tapping the star icon while previewing the file.

  1. Find the file you'd like to favorite from the Dropbox tab
  2. Tap the down arrow to the right of the file
  3. Tap the star from the menu that appears underneath the file

Once you've marked a file as a favorite and it has downloaded to your phone or tablet, you'll be able to access it any time from the Favorites tab, even if you aren't connected to the internet.

When on a cellular network (no Wi-Fi), Dropbox will try to spare your data plan. It won't update files unless you tap the Update all button from the Favorites tab. If you're about to head off to an area without internet (such as a long plane trip), tap the Update All button on the Favorites tab to ensure you have the latest version.

To remove a file from your Favorites, go to the Favorites tab and tap the down arrow to the right of the file name. In the menu that appears, tap the star as you did before.

Android Export files to local storage

If you're interested in storing the file on your phone's local memory permanently, you can choose Save to SD Card from the file's drop-down menu.

  1. Launch Dropbox and browse to the file you'd like to export
  2. Press the downward blue arrow to the right of the file you'd like to export
  3. Tap the More option from the resulting menu
  4. Press Export
  5. Select Save to SD card

Dropbox for Business users

If you have your personal and business accounts connected, you'll be able to access all of the files you mark as favorites from the same tab. The Favorites tab allows you to view all your favorite files together or separate them out by account, so you can keep your personal and work data organized on the go.

You can access a file anywhere, any time by marking it as a favorite. Specifically, this does the following:

  • Adds the file to the app's Favorites tab for easy access (like a bookmark)
  • Saves the file to your Windows Phone or tablet for offline viewing
  • Keeps the file as up-to-date as possible

Windows Phone Mark a file as a favorite from the Windows Phone app

  1. Find the file you'd like to favorite in the file list view.
  2. Tap and hold on the file name to reveal a list of actions.
  3. Tap 'Favorite'.

You can also mark a file as a favorite when you preview it by tapping the star at the bottom of the screen.

Once downloaded, you'll be able to access your favorites at any time. To ensure you have the latest versions, Dropbox will update them automatically whenever you open the app if you're on a Wi-Fi network. If you're on a cellular (3G or 4G) network and some files have changed, tap each file to open it and get the latest.

Dropbox for Business users

If you have your personal and business accounts connected, you will be able to access all of the files you mark as favorites from the same tab. The Favorites tab allows you to view all your favorite files together or separate them out by account, so you can keep your personal and work data organized on the go.

You can access a file anywhere, any time by marking it as a favorite. Specifically, this does the following:

  • Adds the file to the app's Favorites tab for easy access (like a bookmark)
  • Saves the file to your Windows Phone or tablet for offline viewing
  • Keeps the file as up-to-date as possible

Windows tablet Mark a file as a favorite in the Windows tablet app

  1. Find the file you'd like to favorite in the file list view.
  2. Swipe from left to right over the file name to bring up the action bar.
  3. Tap the star icon (marks the file as a Favorite).

You can also mark a file as a favorite when you preview it by tapping the star at the bottom of the screen.

To favorite multiple files, swipe left to right over a file to enter selection mode. Check the files you want to favorite and tap the star or Favorite icon at the bottom of the screen.

Once downloaded, you'll be able to access your favorites at any time. To ensure you have the latest versions, Dropbox will update them automatically whenever you open the app if you're on a Wi-Fi network. If you're on a cellular (3G or 4G) network and some files have changed, tap each file to open it and get the latest.

Dropbox for Business users

If you have your personal and business accounts connected, you will be able to access all of the files you mark as favorites from the same tab. The Favorites tab allows you to view all your favorite files together or separate them out by account, so you can keep your personal and work data organized on the go.

Adding a file as a favorite in Blackberry gives you easy, immediate access to your files from the Favorites tab. To download a file to your phone's memory for offline use, all you have to do is open the file from the Dropbox tab by tapping on the file. The file will stay in your phone's memory, or cache, until you delete it manually or, you can control the size of your cache from Settings.