13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 15, 2014 4:52 PM by kkfdc
rwgleaves Level 1 (0 points)

I can't seem to find an answer to this:


I want to upload file FROM my iPad directly to Dropbox and Box.net. I can't do it from the Pages or Numbers app.


When I open the Dropbox and Box apps on the iPad the only option for uploads are for photos and videos.


Is there a way to upload documents to these apps from the iPad?



iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi, iOS 5.1, 32 Gig, Black
  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,812 points)

    The app has to be designed to link with Dropbox or Box. I believer Documents to Go supports Dropbox. I don't recall that Pages or Numbers do.

  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,822 points)

    Pages and Numbers do not support Box and don't directly support Dropbox. There is a workaround for Dropbox, though. See:


    http://techinch.com/2011/02/02/integrate-dropbox-with-pages-keynote-and-numbers- on-ipad/


    You may want to shift to apps that directly support Dropbox or Box, though, as Meg suggested.



  • Vazzy Level 1 (0 points)

    When in pages, for example, open the file that you want to transfer, touch the spanner at the top, go to share and print, and go open in another app, choose the type of file you want then choose dropbox from the choose app button


    Hope this helps

  • Martin Heuter Level 1 (5 points)

    I just tried the pages/drop box route ... my pages doesn't give me the option of drop box.  I can upload to Google Drive via the webdav function, but that's it.  Is there a similar route for drop box?

  • Diavonex Level 9 (66,545 points)

    I use Quickoffice Pro HD to coordinate my Dropbox, Box.net, Sugarsync and Google Document. You can open, edit and save document.


    You can also drag files from one cloud to another.


    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee374/Diavonex/77a0d03b801328f2dde44222c02e3 ce4_zpse2d5fa0d.jpg



  • markwmsn Level 5 (5,567 points)

    Martin Heuter wrote:


    I just tried the pages/drop box route ... my pages doesn't give me the option of drop box.  I can upload to Google Drive via the webdav function, but that's it.  Is there a similar route for drop box?

    Here's a path that works for me on my iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1, Pages 1.7.1, Dropbox app 2.1.1):

    Open Pages, see the array of documents.

    Tap a document to open it (or "+" to create a new one if necessary).

    Tap the wrench in the upper right corner.

    Tap "Share and Print" (first item) in the list of tools.

    Tap "Open in Another App" in the Share and Print screen.

    Choose a format (Pages, PDF, or Word); wait for conversion; I chose PDF.

    Tap blue "Choose App" button at the bottom of the Open in Another App screen.

    Tap "Open in Dropbox" in the array of app icons.

    [app switch to Dropbox; "Save to Dropbox" view appears]

    Edit "Name" and/or "Destination" fields as needed.

    Tap "Save" button in upper right corner.

    [The document is now in Dropbox. I received a pop-up notice on my Mac.]


    How far can you follow this sequence, and what happens when you get there?

  • mspoppins Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your suggestion. I didn't figure out the last step of being able to place it in the exact location. This helps me lots.

  • PapaDukes1960 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dude, you are so awesome, and you saved me much trouble. What does everything have to be so damned difficult in Apple? With my Android phone, I can simply upload any documents I create into box because I can save them to my Documents folder. Why does Apple (iPad) not have the capability to simply save files to storage (rhetorical question)? Anyway, thank you so much for this answer.

  • angeloch29 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Vazzy and Markwmsn, you two saved me alot of trouble too, and frustration. And Papadukes, you are right, why does Apple have to make a simple thing so tough?? For a so called "logical" design, it is illogical. Thanks all!

  • markwmsn Level 5 (5,567 points)



    It's a byproduct of the security model. Apps are kept at arm's length from one another and from each other's data.

  • angeloch29 Level 1 (0 points)



    Yes, I knew that about the security feature and that part is great. But for people like myself that aren't Appleheads, trying to figure out something as simple as how to store and retrieve a document should be easy. And  the information on how to do just that should be easily accessible in the  Ipad help section. It isn't. Not everyone coming over to Apple is an Apple-o-phile; some of us are still neanderthal PC users and are trying to transition out of PC-think. And since Apple prides itself on being logically and elegantly user friendly, this seemed a contradiction. It is actually.

    But, thanks so much for the step by step explanation on how to fix the problem. It really saved me from so many more hours of headaches.

    Thank you!!

  • AKAK2 Level 1 (0 points)

    What about: choose Send a Copy and email an Excel (or whichever format) spreadsheet to yourself.  Then, open it in my email, click on the upload symbol, choose "Open in Dropbox," then Save to Dropbox.  Badda boom, badda bing...

  • kkfdc Level 1 (0 points)

    Works best for me:


    1) Drive - can edit and then click

    - menu

    - share and export (select file type)

    - send a copy

    - select app (email it, etc or apps like Dropbox, Pages, yada yada)


    2) Pages

    - Hit the share menu

    - Select "open in another app" (choose format)

    - Select App


    3) Docs to Go. I have the premium version and can enable the apps (Drive / Dropbox) to which I want to save from my iPad.

    This is one of "those" apps that makes it on lists, etc.


    Hope this helps.