MacMost Now 800: Putting Files On Your iPhone With DropBox

Often the fastest and easiest way to get a document to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is to use DropBox. This service and free app allow you to sync a folder between your computer and your iOS device using the free app. So you can quickly drag and drop files to your DropBox folder and then they will appear on your iOS device. You can use the app to view a variety of file types.

Comments: 10 Responses to “MacMost Now 800: Putting Files On Your iPhone With DropBox”

    Michael Wheless
    7 years ago

    Gary, Congratulations on another milestone. Pretty cool, 800 podcasts and all quite useful. I’m amazed at how many times I view your podcasts and get good advice. I have used Dropbox based on one of your previous podcasts and been very happy with it.

    Query as to use of “favorites”. Is there any benefit to using favorites on my iPad? I have been using it thinking it would save a copy.

      7 years ago

      Thanks! I think Favorites is just a list — like a playlist in iTunes or an album in iPhoto. It is just a convenience.

        Donald Geiling
        7 years ago

        According to help on the dropbox website, marking a file as a favorite (the star at the bottom of the screen) also puts the file on your iPhone for offline viewing.

    John Blake
    7 years ago

    We ordered iPad 4th Gens for all our 40 teachers. They are to arrive in Jan. I have been sharing your great tutorials with tea hers that have iPhones and have purchased their own iPads. I don’t get much feed-back from them. I think they must be watching them, since they don’t ask be how to do stuff. Maybe they just play angry birds or ask their children how to do stuff on them. Keep me coming. Maybe a “2013 Best iOS apps for the productivty show.”

    Roger
    7 years ago

    Hello. The method I’ve come to rely on is to send things via iMessage to myself (mac to phone). Although it may not be free for some? Videos,pic’s, and pdf’s seem to work just fine for me but I’m going to try your method next. Thanks.

    Corinna
    7 years ago

    Thanks for another great video, Gary. I’m wondering why use Dropbox when Evernote does basically them same thing? I’ve been using Evernote for a year and LOVE it, but have just started using Dropbox very recently.
    ~Corinna

      7 years ago

      Seems to me to be more convenient to place a file in a folder on my Mac and then have it appear on my iPhone. Evernote can do the same basic thing, and more, but not in exactly that way.

    Donald Geiling
    7 years ago

    With iOS6, you can now open password protected files, i.e file asks for a password and then opens. Not available previously.

    Joseph Odom
    7 years ago

    I’ve been using Dropbox for a while now and one thing it does that you didn’t mention is that if a file type is not supported by Dropbox but there is an app that will open it, you can use Dropbox to do that. For example, I have a Smartboard in my classroom and use Notebook files to show lessons to my students. There is also a Notebook iPad app. Dropbox will not let me preview the Notebook file but it will let me open the Notebook file on my iPad using Dropbox.

      7 years ago

      Actually, that is really a function of the other app — the one that registered itself to open that type of document. You will find it also works in Mail, for instance as long as the app has told your iPhone that it can handle that type of document.

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