Add virtual storage with Dropbox Android app

by Ian Black

File storage services empower your phone. You don't have to limit yourself to the on-board memory or the size of your SD card. With web-based services like Dropbox, you can share photos, files and videos between your phone and your computers with ease. And, you can also quickly offload content from your phone to the big disk in the sky. For this reason, I was happy to download the Dropbox Android app.

No need for an existing Dropbox account. You can register right from the app by entering your name, an email address and a password. Once signed up, you can access your Dropbox from your Android phone or from any computer that connects to the web.

Dropbox features an easy user interface. It launches directly into your phone's new storage "box." Your Dropbox comes by default with two folders – Photos and Public – but you can easily add folders to customize it. Instead of moving stuff into folders, you just open a folder, and then use the app's menu to upload or create new content directly in it. Whenever you put something into the Dropbox, the app automatically uploads it to the web. If you choose to create new content in your Dropbox, the app will open your camera, video recorder, sound recorder or other apps to help you.

Long press on a file in your Dropbox, and you can share it via email. The app creates a URL that your friends can use to open your file via Dropbox on the web.

Dropbox provides two gigabytes of storage free, but will upgrade you to 50 GB for $9.99/month or 100 GB for $19.99/month. For me, the free two GB space works for now. I love the Dropbox service, and the Dropbox Android app makes it easy to take advantage of the free space. Check it out.