How to access a Dropbox file on your mobile device when you're offline

Useful for when you're traveling, away from Wi-Fi, or you can't get a data signal

If you use popular online storage and syncing service Dropbox, here's a tip that could keep you connected to your most important files even when you don't have an internet connection.

On Dropbox for iOS and Android, all you have to do is "favorite" (star) the files you want to be available offline. Dropbox will download the file to your mobile device's local storage system, so that even if you're on an airplane with no data connection, you can steel keep on working and playing.

Naturally, you need to favorite the files in advance of needing them, so it might be smart to set up a Favorites folder in Dropbox and go ahead and star all the files in it.

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