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How to Share Files from Your Android Tablet with the Cloud

A handy way to share files between a computer and your Android tablet 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. You can also use Dropbox.

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 tablet. The files are also available directly on the Internet from a web page. Even so, you should use a specific cloud storage app on your tablet to access the files.

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

To transfer a file from your tablet to a computer, view the file or media and then touch the Share icon. Choose the Drive icon 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. It’s part of the Google suite of apps on just about every Android phone. If not, you can obtain it for free from the Google Play Store.

  • If you don’t find the Dropbox app on your tablet, obtain a copy from the Play Store. You also need to sign up for a Dropbox account and, probably, get the Dropbox program for your computer.

  • 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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