How to Store Files on Your Smart Phone – Erik Kondo

There are lots of different types of smart phones. Some like the iPhone make it very hard to download and organize non image files for future use. Think how easy it is for you to organize your photos and videos.  Can you do that with an audio file?

For many people, the most efficient way to listen to an audio or watch video file is offline which doesn’t use or require a data connection. This is particularly true for large files or if you are traveling in an area with poor or expensive data service.

Files that are downloaded to your phone need to be stored somewhere. Unlike a computer, a smart phone doesn’t make it easy to access the phone’s storage drive to create folders and access individual files.

The way to get around this problem is to use an App. In this case the App is Dropbox. You store the files on the Dropbox online server, then download them to your phone. But the files are accessed and organized via the Dropbox App on your phone.

Dropbox is free. This method will not cost you anything except the few minutes it takes to set it up. Here are the step by step instructions.

Step 1: Create a FREE Dropbox account via

Step 2: Download the Dropbox App to your smart phone and link it to your Dropbox online account.

Step 3: Upload the files you want to save to your online Dropbox account.

Step 4: On your Dropbox App, designate the file as Make Available Offline. That’s Dropbox speak for saying “download this file to my phone”.

Step 5:  Access the file offline when and where you wish via the Dropbox App.

The easiest way to use this method is to use your computer to download post casts and videos you would like to listen to or watch in the future. But if you are like many people, you want to actually listen to the podcast while also doing something else such as walking, commuting on the subway, driving, doing chores, etc. Or the place where you have the time and desire to watch videos doesn’t have an Internet connection.

I am sure there are other methods available too. But regardless, this method should work for you


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