Easy PDF printing in Dropbox mobile app for iPhone or iPad

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Learn how to print a PDF document stored in Dropbox on an iPhone or iPad, without using Adobe software! In this 3-minute video, learn how to print a PDF or other type of printable file using the Dropbox mobile app for iPhone or iPad, including double-sided printing and printing specific page ranges. This technique uses the Dropbox mobile app for iOS, available for free on your iPhone or iPad. Narrated by the author of Dropbox In 30 Minutes.

How to disable Dropbox links

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If you create links in Dropbox to share with other people, you may have a reason to delete the links for security reasons or simply because the other person has already accessed or copied the file. This short 4-minute video shows how to delete Dropbox links, set a password for the Dropbox link, or restrict how long the Dropbox link can be shared. The narrator is the author of Dropbox In 30 Minutes.

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What is iOS Family Sharing?

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From time to time I write about competing services to Dropbox, such as Microsoft OneDrive and Apple iCloud. This post explains what is iOS Family Sharing, a neat feature for family members using Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads. It’s also a tool that can help parents control their kids’ iPhone usage.

Family Sharing lets family members share photo albums, eBooks, music, calendars, and other content and data across multiple iPhones (and other iOS devices, such as iPads) in your household. A parent can have control over kids’ app and music purchases, people can add events to a shared calendar, and photos can be shared as well. There’s even a service that lets you see other family members’ locations on a map.

Assuming you are the adult in the family, here’s how to set it up:

  1. Go to Settings and tap your name or face at the top of the screen. Then tap Family.
  2. You should be labelled as the Organizer. Tap your name and make sure Share My Purchases is toggled on. You may also need to set up the payment account for shared purchases, using a credit card.
  3. Tap Add a Family Member, and type that person’s name or email address. The name may auto-populate from your Contacts.
  4. Follow the prompts to log into iCloud, and tap Next.
  5. The other family member will be sent an invitation.

Once family members join the shared account, everyone will be able to access movies, songs, apps, and other content ordered by any other person in the family. If you want to hide certain purchases from other family members, you can mark them as private. You can also have other family members ask for permission before buying something—a great way to set limits for kids.

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Dropbox photos in Camera Uploads vs. Google Photos

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A reader recently came across one of my videos on youtube about Dropbox. He wrote:
I have a very specific need and I am struggling to find answers on the internet. Can you please help me. I have a Huawei Mate 9 smart phone with the Dropbox app installed and I have selected the automatic upload setting for Camera uploads. From what I can see there are a number of apps for organizing photos on a smart phone, but this organization does not translate once they have been uploaded into Dropbox. I can organize Dropbox but then I still have unorganized photos on my phone.
Am I right in thinking that by using Google Photos and Google Drive I can have organized photos on my phone synced with ones on my google drive? Is there a way to do this with Dropbox?

Yes, Dropbox has a problem with organizing photos. In earlier editions of the software they tried to create tools to help with this, but Dropbox abandoned them … probably because they were too hard to use or few people wanted to go through the trouble of categorizing them. So basically, it’s just reverse chron in Dropbox Camera Uploads.

Google Drive is integrated with Google Photos, but to be honest with you, I seldom use Google Photos. This blog post, however, says its organizational tools are pretty good, including auto-find features based on image recognition.

In my experience, the iOS Photos app is the best at auto-organizing photos by date, location, and even facial recognition, but obviously for Android users that’s won’t work.

Screenshot of Google Photos:

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How to delete Dropbox Links

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If you create links in Dropbox to share with other people, you may have a reason to delete the Dropbox links for security reasons or just because the other person has already accessed or copied the file. This short 4-minute video shows how to delete Dropbox links, set a password for the Dropbox link, or restrict how long the Dropbox link can be shared. The narrator is the author of Dropbox In 30 Minutes.