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What kinds of files and documents are viewable on my phone or tablet?

All files supported by your iPhone will preview in the Dropbox app automatically. The Dropbox app also allows you to open files using other apps that support the file type.

iPhoneExport a file to another app

  1. Select the file you'd like to export to another app.
  2. Tap the sharing icon that shows an upward arrow coming out of a box.

    Tap the highlighted icon to bring up a menu.
  3. Tap the Open In... icon from the pop-up menu. A list of apps that can open the file will appear. Select the app you'd like to open the file.

Note: Once you export the file to another app, any changes to the file may not be saved back to your Dropbox, unless the app specifically integrates with Dropbox. Refer to the app's docs or support to find out for sure.

Native file types

File formats natively supported by Apple can be displayed within the Dropbox app just by tapping them.

  • Images (.jpg, .tiff, .gif)
  • Music (.mp3, .aiff, .m4a, .wav)
  • Movies (.mov, .mp4, .m4v)
  • Microsoft Word documents (.doc, .docx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentations (.ppt, .pptx)
  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx)
  • Adobe PDF (.pdf)
  • Keynote presentations (.key)
  • Pages documents (.pages)
  • Numbers spreadsheets (.numbers)
  • Web pages (.htm, .html)
  • Text and rich-text files (.txt, .rtf, and many more)

Learn more about getting your media files (music, movies) to play on your iOS device.

All files supported by your iPad will preview in the Dropbox app automatically. The Dropbox app also allows you to open files using other apps that support the file type.

iPadExport a file to another app

  1. Select the file you'd like to export to another app.
  2. Tap the sharing icon that shows an upward arrow coming out of a box.
  3. Tap the Open In... icon from the pop-up menu. A list of apps that can open the file will appear. Select the app you'd like to open the file.

    Tap the sharing icon, then Open In... from the menu.

Note: Once you export the file to another app, any changes to the file may not be saved back to your Dropbox, unless the app specifically integrates with Dropbox. Refer to the app's docs or support to find out for sure.

Native file types

File formats natively supported by Apple can be displayed within the Dropbox app just by tapping them.

  • Images (.jpg, .tiff, .gif)
  • Music (.mp3, .aiff, .m4a, .wav)
  • Movies (.mov, .mp4, .m4v)
  • Microsoft Word documents (.doc, .docx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentations (.ppt, .pptx)
  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx)
  • Adobe PDF (.pdf)
  • Keynote presentations (.key)
  • Pages documents (.pages)
  • Numbers spreadsheets (.numbers)
  • Web pages (.htm, .html)
  • Text and rich-text files (.txt, .rtf, and many more)

Learn more about getting your media files (music, movies) to play on your iOS device.

The Dropbox Android app will automatically search your device for an application that can open the file type you are attempting to view or edit. By default, the Android OS can open the following file formats:

  • Images (.jpg, .tiff, .gif)
  • Web pages (.htm, .html)
  • Text files (.txt)

Your device may be able to open more file formats natively, depending on your hardware and OS version. Otherwise, if Dropbox can't find an application capable of viewing your file type, it will give you the opportunity to open the file as a text file or see a list of recommended Android applications you can install and use to view the file.

The Android website has more information on Android supported media formats. To learn more about playing media through the Dropbox mobile application, visit our help center article on converting media for your device.

Android Export files to other apps or local storage

The Dropbox Android app also allows you to manually export files to other apps or even to your local storage or SD card.

  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

Dropbox will automatically generate a list of apps you can export files to, or you can select Save to SD card to save the file to your local storage.

The Dropbox BlackBerry app will automatically search your device for an application that is capable of opening the file type you are attempting to view or edit. By default, most BlackBerry devices can display the following file formats:

  • Images (.bmp, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .gif)
  • Music (.mp3, .aiff, .m4a, .wav)
  • Movies (.mov, .mp4, .m4a, .3gp, .avi, .asf,)
  • Web pages (.htm, .html)
  • Text and rich-text files (.txt)

If Dropbox can't find an application capable of viewing your file type, Dropbox will offer you the opportunity to open the file in another application.

The BlackBerry website has more information on BlackBerry supported media formats by mobile device. To learn more about playing media through the Dropbox mobile application, visit our help center article on converting media for your device.