Dropbox is a service that allows you to instantly share files over the Internet. If you want to make a particular image file available to your friends and family, for example, you could add that file to your Dropbox account and give your friends and family the appropriate link where the file can be downloaded. Y
ou can even use Dropbox to share files between your personal computer and your Apple iPhone. You just need to access the file from Dropbox on your iPhone using the official Dropbox application. The app is available for free at any time and only requires an existing Dropbox account to use.
How to Access a File from Dropbox
Visit the Dropbox official website and download the Dropbox client onto your computer (if you have not already done so). The Dropbox client will add a specialized “Dropbox” folder to the user folder on your desktop. Signing into Dropbox via your computer and adding a document to this folder will automatically make that document available on any computer or device that allows you to log into your account.
Drag the file you want to share into the “Dropbox” folder that was created on your computer during the program’s installation. Note that if you do not want to add the file to the “Dropbox” folder, you can also accomplish the same thing by logging into your Dropbox account via your Web browser. Once your main account is displayed on screen, click the “Upload” button and select the file you want to access on your iPhone from your computer’s hard drive. The file will be uploaded to the Internet and placed in your Dropbox account.
Turn on your iPhone and download the official Dropbox application from the iTunes App Store. The official application is free. The Dropbox application can be found by either the “Search” function or in the “Productivity” category.
Open the Dropbox application on your iPhone. Enter your Dropbox username and password into the boxes to sign into your account. The folders associated with your Dropbox account will display in a list format on your iPhone’s screen.
Tap the name of the file that you want to open on your iPhone. If the file is in a format that the Dropbox application can recognize, the contents of that file will automatically display on screen. If the Dropbox application cannot recognize the format on its own, a window will appear asking you to select an application to use to open the file on your device.
Dropbox is a great way to share files online however a good internet connection is required for large files. Laura recommends running an internet speed test before trying to use this software.