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 Post Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:11 pm 
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iCloud seems pretty straightforward - that's where I've got my Contacts, Safari settings, and Keychain, and it all dovetails neatly with the new iPad.

However, I'm not sure how I use Dropbox with the iPad. Even if I can work out how, there are Mac OS X Library symlinks in there which I don't want it to sync to the iPad - it includes Safari and Contacts which I also have copies of in Dropbox, but also large folders e.g. which hold my Journler AppSupport data, which I couldn't use on iPad.

So my question is two-fold:

1. Now that I've downloaded the Dropbox app to iPad, how do I go about setting it up, and...

2. How do I exclude items so that there is automatic sync between them and the Mac, but not with iPad?

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 Post Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:23 pm 
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If you have iOS 11, you can also use the new Files app. I don't use Dropbox (I'm with OneDrive) but likely you just log in using your DB credentials.


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 Post Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:26 pm 
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Open the iOS app and sign in with the same details as on your Mac.

As for the second problem, not a clue.



And for information - at the moment, you cannot use the new Files app with Dropbox if you set up a security passcode on the iOS app. I’ve asked Dropbox why and they just told me to “stay tuned for further updates” and didn’t bother actually answering my question.

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Jonah wrote:
Open the iOS app and sign in with the same details as on your Mac.

But if I do that, won't it download everything that's in my Dropbox folder, which will use up a fair amount of my free space?

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 Post Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:52 pm 
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I doubt it will download because of space. Imagine if you had loads of music and video, where would it all go? OneDrive opens the cloud end and you see those folders and files which you can edit or download individually. DB wouldn't be different, I bet.

I didn't know about Files and DB.


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But if I do that, won't it download everything that's in my Dropbox folder, which will use up a fair amount of my free space?

No it doesn't. If you want files from Dropbox on an iDevice you have to specifically download them.

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 Post Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:17 pm 
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I have about 6Gb in my Dropbox account. Everything syncs to iPad and this is how much space it takes up on my iPad Pro.

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Jonah wrote:
.... Everything syncs to iPad and this is how much space it takes up on my iPad Pro.
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In other words, none of it is on your iPad.
It's only available when you have an internet connection.

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Unless you save it for offline use...

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 Post Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:02 am 
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Jonah wrote:
Unless you save it for offline use...

Ah - so the way Dropbox works on iPad is to give you access to your files ONLINE? And if you were to download one of them to iPad and change it, that change would sync back to your online Dropbox automatically, and from there to the Mac? If so, that sounds ideal, and exactly how I'd like to use it.

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Never knew that! But then I don't use an iPad. Well try with a test text file to see if your supposition is correct.

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Leewave wrote:
Never knew that! But then I don't use an iPad. Well try with a test text file to see if your supposition is correct.

I will do that, once I've found a need for Dropbox on the iPad, which I'm slowly getting to grips with. The strange thing is that every picture I take on it gets uploaded to iCloud. Weird. Still, I have iCloud in Mavericks so will download them to the iMac when I've a mo.

Nice thing the other night was I'd put my Mac to sleep before checking the overnight weather. So I just pressed the Home button on the iPad and asked Siri "What's the weather?", and she gave me a chart showing the local weather for the next 12 hours!! Amazing. :)

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MacBiter wrote:
The strange thing is that every picture I take on it gets uploaded to iCloud.

Not strange - it is the dafault, which may be changed in your preferences.
Settings > Photos > iCloud Photo Library (on/off).

I don't want auto-uploads and I don't use iCloud Photo Library as per iCloud settings under
Settings > yourname > iCloud > Apps using iCloud > Photos

Good to have the choice.


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Thanks for that.

I also found that "Hey Siri" doesn't work despite being turned on and voice trained, but Siri works fine if I hold down the Home button. The "expert" in my local Apple Store concluded it wasn't a hardware problem (sigh, I'd already worked that out) and I should book in for an appointment with the Genius Bar.

SUBSEQUENTLY I have Googled and eventually found out that on 5th gen iPads, Hey Siri only works if it's linked to a power supply. Oh yeah. Like everybody's going to be able to do that when they're out and about...

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