accessing documents on the go without wifi or 3g

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by jiffry1017, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. jiffry1017 macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2009

    I'm thinking about purchasing the new iPad (just Wifi). I currently use dropbox to sync and backup my files (I don't really like how iCloud sorts documents by applications and their 1 level folder structure).

    My question is, if I am on the go without wifi (and the iPad won't have 3G), what is the best way to access and work on my documents (docx, xlsx, etc.)? How about PDFs too? I know you can't access dropbox if you don't have internet and if I save a duplicate copy to iCloud, I'm not sure there is a way to save directly from iCloud to dropbox from the iPad. I would have to use my macbook at home to sync it up or do the email method.

    What have you guys done to alleviate this issue?

  2. Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2010
    Docs on iCould are backup copies of the docs on you iPad. You have access to the docs even if you have no access to a WiFi connection. If you make changes to those docs away from a WiFi connection it will backup changes they next time you have a connection.
  3. jiffry1017 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Yeah, but the thing is I would rather not use iCloud. I would like to at least use Dropbox or at least be able to sync iCloud with Dropbox. That way, I don't have two copies of everything (one on iCloud and the other on Dropbox).
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Most apps that lets you edit documents in Dropbox should allow you to save a local copy, and if you make changes, should upload them to Dropbox once you get back to a wifi connection.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You CAN access Dropbox documents without wifi if you use the Dropbox iOS app and favorite the documents you want to store "offline" on the iOS device. Just go through and mark as favorite the ones you want and they will be there on the device even with no wifi. I do it all the time.

    If you look at the far right screen shot here you can see what I mean.

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