How to Access Office Files from Your Galaxy S7

By Bill Hughes

One challenge in working with Office files from your Galaxy S7 is keeping track of the most recent version of whatever file you’re working on. In the most basic scenario, you’re working on a Microsoft Office file yourself. If you have a desktop PC, you’re probably accustomed to transferring files among different machines if you want to work on them in different locations, such as home or the office.

Here are your traditional options:

  • Removable media: You use a thumb drive or CD-ROM to move the file from one PC to another.
  • Email: You email the file from one PC to another.
  • Server: You save a copy of your file from the first PC on a server that you can access from both the first and second PC. This includes the ubiquitous cloud offerings you considered when you were first setting up your phone.

The first option is mostly impractical. Your Galaxy S7 phone doesn’t have a disc drive or a USB port for a thumb drive. You can find on the Internet adapters that plug into the micro-USB on the phone on one side and offer a female USB port on the other side for thumb drives. It can work, but this is a hassle for Office files that are changing all the time.

This leaves you with the second two options: using email or using a server. Sending and receiving Microsoft Office files as attachments with text or email messages is probably old hat by now. You receive the email, download the attachment, and work away. When you’re done, you save the file to work on later, or you send it back to your PC.

The server option calls for a little more explanation. By the way, there are two fancy terms for this kind of computing. The first one is cloud storage. Cloud storage is a service that is provided, usually for free for basic services, from a number of companies.

There is also an idea called a VPN, or virtual private network. This is fairly common in businesses. It’s similar to cloud computing, but the “cloud” in this case is the company’s computer system.