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Is it possible to implement the Dropbox desktop application functionality on android phones?

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I know that the desktop client has incremental backup - so even changes to a very large file are synced very quickly. However it doesn't look like the Android app has a similar feature. This is surprising because data is so much more expensive on an LTE plan. Am I correct in this? Thanks

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Re: Is it possible to implement the Dropbox desktop application functionality on android phones?

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Hey there (@Info_123456), thanks for checking in with us! While we’ve discussed it here previously, I’d happily re-phrase my comment for convenience’ sake. It would be worth noting that the Dropbox mobile application works differently than our desktop client, meaning that the files in your android phone are mere previews. On the contrary, the files that are synced to your desktop Arrows Counter Clock/White check mark are fully present there & for that reason they do take up your hard disk space. 
 
Whenever you have some spare time, please have a look at the discussion I’ve linked above & let me know here if you have more questions or thoughts! 

 


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Re: Is it possible to implement the Dropbox desktop application functionality on android phones?

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I do understand that the mobile app is different. My question is different from the link you posted. It is not about how files get to my phone but the process of sync when files are edited on the phone and how that sync process is different from the desktop

 

1) Offline files on phone are synced when changes are made. I have some very large offline files and even if I change 1 small field, it has to upload 100MB on the phone to sync whereas it would use less than 0.5 MB on the desktop using increment backup

2) Even non-offline files are re-synced whole (without increment sync) if they are opened, edited and changed on the phone

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Re: Is it possible to implement the Dropbox desktop application functionality on android phones?

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I appreciate the time you took to detail us your findings & let me know what the ideal behavior would be for you (@Info_123456); that's a great report indeed! I’ve already made sure to pass your comments on to our team specialists, as your thoughts help us better understand your needs & I’ve added your voice to the feedback gathered internally. 
 
Thanks for choosing Dropbox & I'm always here in case you’d like to continue this iphone discussion in more depth. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day ahead! 

 


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