Transferring Files via Email and the Cloud - dummies

Transferring Files via Email and the Cloud

By Corey Sandler

Email and the cloud are two means of transferring files to and from your Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. They both require an active Wi-Fi connection.

Sending yourself email

You can send or receive emails with attachments and then download the files for storage. For example, to move a copy of a photo or a text file from your desktop to your tablet, do this:

  1. Send yourself an email with the files attached.

  2. Open the email on your tablet and download the files.

  3. Later, use a file manager to move the file from the Downloads folder to another folder within the device or on the memory card.

The same process works the other direction. Send files from your tablet to yourself, and open the email on your desktop or laptop computer. You can easily transfer images: grab a shot, go to the gallery, and share the image by email.

Using the cloud

Another solution, especially good for large files, is the cloud. What is the cloud? It’s a storage system that exists out on the Internet — anywhere — that you can get to with your tablet. You use it for uploading and downloading files. It exists as a storage place of its own, not directly attached to your tablet or computer.

One of the beauties of this sort of system is that it is (to use an old computer word) asynchronous. Both sides of the equation don’t need to be online or connected at the same time.

Dropbox is an example. It offers a free trial subscription to buyers of the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. Another example is Microsoft’s SkyDrive, which offers free storage and services. You may well be able to get by with the basic amount of storage, or you can buy more.

To use these services, you either reach them using an app on your tablet, or use the web browser to reach their site from a tablet or a computer. After logging in with a password, you upload files to the site or download ones already stored there.

This sort of service can be used to store a full set of files when you travel. In that way, if your tablet or smartphone or laptop fails or otherwise goes missing, you can always sign in from someone else’s device or from a replacement. Be sure to use a secure password to protect any sensitive material you store in the cloud.