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Re: how to down load a file

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Hey there @ThomasBlinn  - welcome aboard!

Could you first clarify if you're using the website, the desktop application or the mobile app? 

If this is on our website, to download a file or folder directly from dropbox.com:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Find the file/folder you want to download.
  3. Click the  (ellipsis) icon to the right of the file/folder's name.
  4. Click Download.

If you'd like to use the desktop app, just download, install it and then give it time to sync

If you're using the mobile application instead, you'll have the option to export files from your Dropbox to your device's Camera Roll or SD card.

More information

On Android:Exporting a file saves a copy of the file to any location on your device, such as your device's Documents folder or another application. Exported files will not sync with your Dropbox account.

To Export a File:

  • Open the Dropbox app and navigate to the file you want to export.
  • Press on the arrow to the right of the file.
  • Select 'Export,' then choose the location where you'd like to save a copy of your file. If a location is not present in the list, it is not an available location for exporting Dropbox files.

You can view files you export directly in the location where you exported them. Note that a copy of the file will remain in Dropbox, but any changes you make to the exported file will not be synced with Dropbox. If you make changes to an exported file that you wish to sync with your other devices, you'll need to import the edited file back into Dropbox.

On iOS:You can export photos or videos to your device’s “Camera Roll” album. Other files can be exported to applications that support their file types.

To export a photo or video to your device:

  • Open the Dropbox app and open the photo or video that you would like to export
  • Tap the ellipsis (..) on the top-right and select “Export”
  • Tap “Save Image” (or “Save Video”) to save this file locally to your device

To export other files:

  • Open the file you’d like to export in the Dropbox app
  • Tap the ellipsis (..) on the top-right and select “Export”. You will now see two rows of apps.
  • In the lower row, tap “Open In…” - this will show you a list of apps to export this file to. If you don’t see any apps indicated, you will need to download an app that supports this filetype.

On Windows: On your Windows Mobile device, you can save files to your device. Here’s how:

  • Open the Dropbox app and navigate to the file you want to export.
  • Long-press on the file and select “save to device”
  • Choose the location where you'd like to save a copy of your file

Just note that exporting a file saves a copy of the file to another app. Exported files will not sync with your Dropbox account.

I hope this helps and please keep me posted on your progress!

 


Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
https://dropbox.com/support


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