How to Use the Cloud on the Samsung Galaxy S 5 - dummies

How to Use the Cloud on the Samsung Galaxy S 5

By Bill Hughes

The issue of file sharing is integral to getting the most out of the Office applications on your Samsung Galaxy S 5 phone. To make it really work, the more Office files you store on the server, the better. It will do you little good if the files you want to see and change are safely stored on your PC, which you dutifully powered off to save energy.

The principle behind this service is that the server appears to your PC and your phone as if it were a drive or memory card directly connected to your machine. If you know how to copy files from, say, your PC hard drive to a USB thumb drive, you can use a server.

When you tap a filename that appears on your phone (which is comparable to double-clicking a filename on your PC), the file opens, and you can read and edit it. What you might not know is which computer is doing the processing.

It could be your phone; it could also be a computer on the company network, or the server itself. Ultimately, you don’t really care as long as it works fast and does what you want.

When you’re done reading or editing, the file gets saved, secure and accessible, until the next time you want to do something to it. This is the essence of cloud computing, and your phone can happily participate.

A popular online storage option is Dropbox. In essence, Dropbox is a server that you can use for cloud computing. You need to sign up with the Dropbox service to get access to its server.

You need to register, but the good news is that anyone with a Gmail account automatically has a Dropbox account. Just use your e-mail address and password, and you’re set. Dropbox gives you multiple GB of storage for your files just for showing up.

And if you don’t want to work with Dropbox, you have lots of other choices. These days, many firms offer you access to a server as a backup service at little or no charge.