How To Download Any Filetype From Dropbox On Windows Phone

Windows Phone doesn’t have an official Dropbox app, but fortunately for users Rudy Hyun has created Cloudsix, a fully featured Dropbox client that even supports uploads from the camera roll.

However, due to Window Phone’s limitations, you cannot download each and every file that you may have stored on your Dropbox. So if you have a selection of music that you have in the cloud, you’re virtually locked out. You can effectively download PDF’s and Word documents by opening them up in their respective apps, and then saving them within that particular app. But if you want to download a .rar file, or similar then you are out of luck.

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Things change if you’re running Windows Phone 8.1. IE 11 now let’s you download any type of file irrespective of whether the phone supports it. So in order to download any file from Dropbox, or for that matter OneDrive, all you need to do is copy the link to that file from the share menu and paste it in IE and hit download.

For example this soundtrack is now available in the Music app, and the phone will even let me share it via Bluetooth.


The best part is that the download continues even if the browser is put into the background. If you have a .rar file that you want to download, and no app on the folder supports it, it will be downloaded and stored in the ‘Downloads’ folder on the phone. You can then copy it via USB or use the browser on the phone to upload it elsewhere.

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  2. How With Dropbox Basic, it’s easy to get to your files from multiple devices—computers, phones, and tablets—for free: … iOS and Android: Take your files on the go with our mobile app, and preview over 175 file types from anywhere.

  3. Just search for Dropbox in the App Store… Then download and install it directly to your phone or iPod. To start using Dropbox on your device, click the Dropbox icon from your Home Screen. You’re brought to the Dropbox login screen and select if you’re already a user or new and set up an account.

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