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Download entire Dropbox folders to your Android device

Using a free Android app, you can download entire Dropbox folders to your device, currently not possible with the official Dropbox app.

Having the official Dropbox app on your Android device makes it extremely easy to access files on the go. You can even download files to your device. But what about the times you need the contents of an entire folder? With the official Dropbox app, you'd have to download each file one by one.

Folder Downloader for Dropbox is a free app available through Google Play that does just as its name says: allows you to download the contents of an entire folder in your Dropbox account to your Android device.

  1. To get started, download and install the app from Google Play.

  2. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  3. The first time you run it, you'll have to grant the app access to your Dropbox account. If you have the Dropbox app installed on your device, you'll be redirected to an authorization screen within the app, otherwise you can do it through your device's browser.

  4. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  5. After granting the app access, you'll be able to navigate and view your Dropbox folders. To download a file or folder, press and hold on the item. After a few seconds, your device will vibrate and give the option to download the item.

  6. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  7. After selecting the folder where you want to save the files on your device, you can begin the download. You'll be prompted with a warning stating once the download starts, there's no way in the app to cancel it.

During the download you can view its progress in your notification tray. I was able to download files over both Wi-Fi and my carrier's data connection, albeit a slow download. Downloading a folder containing more than 80MB of files took just over an hour on a Wi-Fi connection. Don't expect to download a large presentation 10 minutes before a meeting.

(Via: Addictive Tips)