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Android: synced offline folders on SD card

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Android: synced offline folders on SD card

I am happy to see that the Dropbox app now supports synced folders aka offline folders. However, a major limitation still is that they can't be saved on the SD card.

 

This is stupid, in my case for example I have a 256 GB SD card in my phone which is mostly empty, but only 32 GB of internal storage, which are almost full. Hence, I am using a £10 third party app (Dropsync Ultimate) to sync some of my Dropbox folders to my phone's SD card. However, it is a shame that I have to use a third party app to do this and that I have to spend more money in this simple issue even though I'm already paying for Dropbox Premium.

So please, make offline folders on SD cards possible for us!

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Level 5

You can adopt the SD card as internal storage (->google), and Dropbox will put the offline cache there. However, the whole folder sync seems still buggy, not all filed are synced back.

Level 2

I have to share my wholehearted agreement with the OP's comments.  The two biggest reasons that I love Dropbox are pretty basic: 1) it synchronises my stuff really well on all of my computers so that don't have to worry about whether I am offline or online in order to keep working; and 2) I don't need to think about what I am going to need to take with me offline before I get on that international flight.

 

I've used Dropbox for years for these reasons, which means I've got a lot of stuff in it.  Too much stuff for my phone/tablet's measly internal storage.  So, now that I take my Android tablet with me on those long flights instead of my laptop, I've got to think.  I need to worry about what I'm going to need access to offline so that I can only choose the essential stuff so as not to fill up my internal memory.  I don't even need to think hard to remember my underwear, my socks, and which tie to pack, but having to worry about which files I *might* need access to when I get a moment inspiration during that 10 hour flight is something I shouldn't have to do.  I don't even worry about my music collection, because Spotify seems quite capable of synchronising my entire music library onto my external SD card (even with all of its DRM concerns), and similarly I can go crazy making 20 seasons of TV available offline on Netflix because it too has figured it out.

 

So, 50% of why I use Dropbox is no longer relevant when it comes to using my Android tablet as my primary device when out and about, and I now worry about something that I didn't have to worry about before.

 

It's a first-world problem, I know, but Dropbox: Please be a leader in this area.  Cloud storage products are probably at the top of the list of products that ought to be flexible in how they store offline/synchronised data.