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Can we offline an entire folder of files through the mobile app?

Can we offline an entire folder of files through the mobile app?

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Hi,
Is it possible now, or in the near future to mark an entire folder + subfolders as favorite, and so synching new added files too ?

I want to make my image portfolio offline accessible on my Apple devices, but marking them one by one takes me forever...
Also when I add a new subfolder with images, I always have to mark them too one by one... on BOTH my iPad and iPhone.

Is there a way or will there be in the furure?

thanks Koen

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Super User
Super User

Not at this time. This is one of the largely requested feature. It would be neat if this is possible but at this time

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Okay, I'll wait some more then, hoping...
thank you for answering

Explorer | Level 3

So frustrating not having this facility. Google Drive and OneDrive are the same though. Box allows a folder to be available offline (not subfolders though I think?). I use Box on my iPad for having a whole lot of media files readily available on my 64GB iPad - so nice to be able to do this.
Synology with their Cloud Station do it all if you host your own "Cloud" on their NAS drive products. Very simple to use so am pushing on with that leaving Dropbox as a backup to Synology Cloud Station. Had issues with the early version of Cloud Station but current one seems robust. No doubt Dropbox and the big three of Google / Microsoft and Apple will get there. Just wish there was more debate on the lack of folder/subfolder access offline on tablets/smartphones. Just frustrating when you know it will change in the future.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Thanks for the Box tip. I will use that until Dropbox gets around to adding this feature. Seems like such a no brainer to offer this.

And now with the drop down method to select every file it takes more effort to Favorite a number of files than before when you could just swipe. Makes no sense.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

+1 on the more effort John... indeed they made it even worse than it was before...

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Turns out using Box for this works just fine. Really easy. As I said, for Dropbox to have this capability seems so obvious. At least I have a stopgap until Dropbox adds this capability.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Perhaps I'm the only one using the Offline files function but I'm surprised that one has received much attention over the years.

I use this function a lot (on the iOS app) and would like if it could reflect the folder structure of the cloud-based storage.

I often refer to files I have made available for offline use, for instance because I am travelling internationally and don't have access to wifi. This is difficult to do in a user-friendly way in a very very long list of files. 

A normal file browser type of interface would be the best. With larger phone screens this should be possible to fit in.

If Dropbox could also simplify the "make available offline" function, it would be ahead of the iCloud Drive which really doesn't let users save files for offline use in a simple way. For instance a long press on a file or folder could bring up a simple menu with save for offline use, in addition to things like move or copy.

Thanks for considering

Not applicable

I use both Dropbox and Sugar Sync since each has its advantage.  I have both clouds synced via cloudhq.net. 

SugarSync allows offline FOLDERS on iPad.  Today I tried to do this with Dropbox but it only allows individuals files to be selected for offline use and NOT Folders unless I am missing something.  It would look like a mess if I had hundreds of individual files syncing offline and not organized neatly in folders

You can access all of your Dropbox files by syncing cloud to cloud via cloudhg.net to SugarSync then designating an entire FOLDER in SugarSync to be available offline. 

SugarSync is tricky when you have multiple devices syncing to one SugarSync account.  You would only choose ONE device to sync via cloudhq and NOT your entire SugarSync cloud. 

 

Super User II
Super User II

As I said on the other thread... it is coming! Look up Project Infinity. However, we dont know yet who will be able to use it (Pro/Business etc.) or when

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

There's a rather good app, PDFExpert, that will link to multiple file sources (including Dropbox) and allow All Files of ALL types to be up/downloaded for offline use with Open In...

Been using it for years as the solution to lack of Dropbox (and other storage source's/apps) full-offline functionality.

n.b. PDFExpert has a full multi-way sync, whole sozrce/folders/files, so updates on multiple ios devices are not an issue either. Think of it as an interface to all your cloud & home storage - which has nothing to do with highlighting pdfs (its orginal function).

BTW I don't work for them, just sharing a solution that works for me and has proven a real tme-saver.

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