How can I access my files offline?

You can make a file available for offline viewing by turning on the Available offline option. When a file is available offline, you can access that file even when your phone isn't connected to Wi-Fi or data.

Select your operating system for instructions:

Android

Specifically, making a file available offline:

  • Adds the file to your Offline view for easy access (like a bookmark)
  • Saves the file to your Android device for offline viewing within Dropbox
  • Attempts to keep the file as up-to-date as possible and gives you the option to update the file manually
  • Ensures that any changes you make to the file while offline will be synced to your Dropbox account once you have a connection again

Make files available for offline viewing from the Android app

  1. Browse to the file you'd like to make available for offline viewing.
  2. From the file list, tap the downward arrow to the right of the file’s name.
  3. Tap to make the file Available offline.

Once you've made a file available offline, and it has downloaded to your phone or tablet, you'll be able to access it any time by tapping Offline from the main menu, even if you aren't connected to the internet.

When on a cellular network (not Wi-Fi), Dropbox will try to spare your data plan. It won't update files unless you tap the Update all button from the Offline screen. If you're about to head off to an area without internet (such as a long plane trip), tap the Update all button to ensure you have the latest version of each file.

To remove a file from your Offline files screen, go to the file and tap the downward arrow to the right of the file’s name. Toggle the button next to Available offline to turn the feature off.

Export files to local storage

If you're interested in storing the file on your phone's local memory outside of Dropbox, you can choose to Export the file. This stores a copy of the file outside of Dropbox. Any changes you make to this copied file will not be synced to Dropbox.

  1. Open the Dropbox app and browse to the file you'd like to export.
  2. Press the downward arrow to the right of the file you'd like to export.
  3. Press Export.
  4. Select Save to device.
  5. Choose where you want to export your file.

iOS

Specifically, making a file available offline:

  • Adds the file to the app's Offline 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

From the iOS app:

  1. Find the file you'd like to save offline in the file list view.
  2. Tap the ... (ellipsis) icon next to the file name.
  3. Tap Make Available Offline.

When viewing a single file, you can tap the ellipses icon (...) and select Make Available Offline.

Once downloaded, you'll be able to access your offline files 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 changes.

Windows Phone

Specifically, making a file available offline:

  • Adds the file to the Offline tab for easy access (like a bookmark)
  • Saves the file to your Windows phone for offline viewing
  • Keeps the file as up-to-date as possible

Make a file available offline in the Windows phone app

  1. Find the file you'd like to make available offline in the file list view.
  2. Tap and hold on the file name to reveal a list of actions.
  3. Tap Make available offline.
Make a file available offline on your Windows phone

You can also make a file available offline while previewing it: tap the offline icon at the bottom of the screen.

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

Windows Tablet

Specifically, making a file available offline:

  • Adds the file to the Offline tab for easy access (like a bookmark)
  • Saves the file to your Windows tablet for offline viewing
  • Keeps the file as up-to-date as possible

Make a file available offline 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 offline icon.

You can also make a file available offline while previewing it: tap the offline icon at the bottom of the screen.

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

Dropbox Business

If you have your personal and business accounts connected, you'll see the offline files you saved for the account you're accessing. Switch between your accounts to access your work or personal offline files.

If you're a Dropbox Professional, Dropbox Business, or Dropbox Enterprise customer, you can also make folders available offline.

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