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Users who need to make sure they can get access to files stored in Dropbox while they’re on the go and away from the web have a new feature to help with that. The company announced Tuesday that users of its mobile apps will soon be able to save files locally for use offline.
It’s a move by the cloud storage company to better compete with the other players in the cloud storage space, and provide users with functionality that will help them be more productive when they’re on planes, out in low-connectivity areas or just want to save their cellular data quota for other purposes.
Here’s how it works: users select a file or folder in the Dropbox app, tap “Make Available Offline,” then wait for the app to download the requested files. After that, those files will be available for viewing, even if the phone or tablet storing them is without a connection to the web.