How to save an email message/photo/document to Dropbox?

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    Tiskers

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    I have an iPhone 4, a 3rd generation iPad, and a Mac. I have Dropbox on each device.

    I cannot figure out how to save an email message, OR an attachment, OR a photo, or a document to Dropbox on my phone or iPad?!

    The "share" button brings up various options (Mail, Twitter, FB, Assign to Contact, Save Imagine, Print, Copy, etc.) but never Dropbox.

    Am I missing something obvious? THANK YOU very much!
     
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    aDRock1154

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    Well, for an e-mail couldn't you open the e-mail on your Mac and print/save as a PDF? You could then move the PDF e-mail to DropBox..
     
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    Tiskers

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    Thank you for the reply.

    I really want to save to Dropbox from my phone or iPad, though.
     
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    kas23

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    Well, you can save docs/PDFs via the Open In... function. As for photos, go into Dropbox app, hit the + sign to upload and follow directions to grant access to your camera roll. Emailed photos can be saved to camera roll. As for emails, take a screen shot and then upload photo to Dropbox.

    ****, things are much much easier than they used to be with the iPhone. This thing used to be the most backward, obstructionist device on the market.
     
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    Tiskers

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    Thanks KAS, for the reply.

    Well, a couple of problems... I don't want to auto upload all my photos to Dropbox, and that's what the + sign is for, no?

    And yes, emailed photos or screen shots can be easily saved to camera roll, but that doesn't get them into Dropbox. When I click the share button on camera roll photos, my options are: Mail, Message, Photo Stream, Twitter, FB, Assign to Contact, Print, Copy, or Use as Wallpaper. No Dropbox option, although Dropbox is installed on all my devices.
     
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    When you tap the + in the dropbox app, you can select to only upload one picture. Let me know if that works for you.
     
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    Noooo, unfortunately it isn't working for me! In fact, right now it's in process of uploading over 1000 pics! I don't want them all there, so I will have to delete them. I doubt I even have enough Dropbox space for them!!! Gah!
     
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    http://i.imgur.com/Q28UD.jpg

    Hmm very strange. Make sure camera upload is off. (bottom right pic)

    The other 3 pics are me just uoploading one pic to dropbox. Hope the pic helps.
     
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    Tiskers

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    Kouki,
    Thank you for the screen shots and the reply. VERY HELPFUL!

    "Camera Upload" was ON. I turned it to off, and it then worked just like you showed me. Yay! Thank you!

    Soooo... if I save an image (any image, including a screen shot) into Camera Roll, then FROM DROPBOX (but NOT from Camera Roll, oy!) I can upload and save it to Dropbox. Right?

    I'm glad to know how to do this, but does it seem a little more complicated and convoluted than it needs to be to anyone else -- or is it just me?!!! :eek:
     
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    aDRock1154

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    If you have a Mac though I would use that to save your emails. What difference does it make if you do it with your iPhone/iPad?

    If you didn't have access to a computer then I would understand...
     
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    Tiskers

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    When I travel I typically don't take my Mac, just my iPad. Sometimes that may be for a couple of weeks at a time.
     
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    There are 3rd party solutions you can use to upload files by email. This way you can just forward the email.

    http://sendtodropbox.com/ is one of them. I have not used them though, so make sure you check reviews before you try it.
     
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    Tiskers

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    Hmmm, that's interesting! Another option to explore. Thanks, Kouk! :)
     
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    shenfrey

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    I know pocket has a script that uses the bookmarks to transfer web pages to the app, maybe drop box has something similar, you should ask on their website.
     
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    kas23

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    It is convoluted. Especially uploading photos. But it is a whole lot better than it used to be. Back in iOS 2 or 3, it used to take 10 different steps and 4 different apps to do a simple task that we now take for granted.
     

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