How to Share Files between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Cloud

A handy way to share files between a computer and your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is to use cloud storage. That’s just fancy talk for storing files on the Internet.

Many choices are available for cloud storage, including Google’s own Google Drive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. I’m fond of the Dropbox service.

All files saved to cloud storage are synchronized instantly with all devices that access the storage. Change a file on a computer and it’s updated on your phone. The files are also available directly on the Internet from a web page.

To make the file transfer from the computer to the phone, save a file in the cloud storage folder. On your phone, open the cloud storage app, such as Drive or Dropbox. Browse the folders to touch a file icon and view that file on your phone.

To transfer a file from your phone to a computer, view the file or media and then touch the Share icon. Choose the Drive or Dropbox icon to share the item via Google Drive or Dropbox, respectively.

Because all devices that share the cloud storage are instantly synchronized, you don’t need to worry about specific file transfers. All files saved to cloud storage are available to all devices that can access that storage.

  • The Google Drive app is named Drive. You must download this app from the Play Store because it’s not preinstalled on the Galaxy Note.

  • The Dropbox app is preinstalled on your Galaxy Note, but you must still configure it to hook into your Dropbox account. You’ll find the Dropbox app in the Galaxy Plus folder on the Applications screen.

  • These cloud storage services are free for a limited amount of storage. Beyond that, you need to pay a monthly fee.

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