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

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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 at the bottom of the screen.

    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.

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