Mobile offline files & folders

Dropbox works differently on your phone than it does on your computer: the mobile apps don’t save files to your devices, but rather show you your files in the cloud, just like on dropbox.com. Even when you open and edit a file on your phone, you are still interacting with the file in the cloud rather than downloading it directly to your device.

To access your work without Wi-Fi or data service, you can make files available offline by turning on the Available offline option. With mobile offline folders, you can go a step further: tag an entire folder to have its contents available offline on your phone or tablet.

How to: offline files & folders

Make files available offline

  1. In the Dropbox mobile app, browse to the file you’d like to make available offline.

  2. Tap the ... (ellipsis) icon next to the file name.

  3. Tap the Available offline toggle.


To access your offline files and folders, tap Offline from the menu (Android) or Dropbox tab (iOS) on your Dropbox mobile app.

Make a folder available offline

  1. In the Dropbox mobile app, browse to the folder you’d like to make available offline.

  2. Tap the ... (ellipsis) icon under the folder name.

  3. Tap the Available offline toggle.


To access your offline files and folders, tap Offline from the menu (Android) or Dropbox tab (iOS) on your Dropbox mobile app.