How to save files from your iPad to DropBox

Did you know you can easily save files to your DropBox account from your iPad? All you need is a free DropBox account and GoodReader. GoodReader is a file management system for the iPad, and the best .99 cents you will spend on an app.

Follow along on the screenshots after the jump below to see how easy it is to save files to DropBox.

Most files on the iPad, including email attachments, can be opened in GoodReader. Once you have your file in GoodReader, select “Manage Files” on the right side of the app and select the file you want to move. Notice the options to Cut(Move) or Copy? Select the one you want.

Once you select the file you want to move, a green dot will appear next to the file name, and scissors will appear below the file name if you chose “Cut” instead of “Copy”:

Next you want to select “Connect to Servers” on the right side of the GoodReader app. Here you can connect GoodReader to your DropBox account.

Select DropBox, and the list of folders and files you have in your DropBox account will appear in a new window with an option to “Paste” at the bottom right of the new window:

Select “Paste” and the file you selected in GoodReader will be pasted in your DropBox account and available on the DropBox website and any device you have DropBox installed on.

The file then appears in your DropBox account:

And in the DropBox App:

Super easy, and extremely beneficial! You can even email a Pages document to yourself from the Pages app then save if straight to DropBox. I’ve used it several times to save documents I’ve edited in a shard DropBox folder.

  1. #1 by John Selden on July 9, 2010 - 8:57 PM

    This is a really cool feature. Unfortunately, going in the other direction is not as easy. As far as I can tell, if you are copying documents FROM Dropbox TO GoodReader, you have to do it one document at at time, and you can’t move folders. That’s unfortunate — moving multiple documents at once would make this awesome.

  2. #2 by Marv Wolfman on April 22, 2011 - 1:39 PM

    What this is missing is HOW to get a file – for instance something written in Pages – onto Good Reader in the first place. I can’t figure out how to do that at all. I am using iDisk and that works but I want backups to make certain files as saved when I’m on the road.

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