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The following page instruct how you can use Box for your mobile iOS device.

  • Visit this install and download page to access Box for iOS mobile applications download link.
  • The first thing you will want to do is Enable notifications, so you can receive push notifications and keep updated on conversations regarding your content. If you don’t select Enable in the screen that appears when you first open the app (see image below), you can change it later in Settings.

Enable notifications in Box iOS

Filter and Change Viewing Options

  1. You can toggle between List View and Grid View, based on your preferences.
  2. You can also Filter your view based on how your files are stored. Depending on what you select, Box will Show files stored in different ways.

Filter files on Box for iOS

Manage Your Content with Box for iOS

The Box for iOS mobile applications allow you to use Box on your iPhone or iPad. Easily create, view, edit, and share content on-the-go — all from your mobile device. Generally, you can swipe left or right to perform quick actions.

Add Files and Folders from Your iOS Device to Box

  1. Open the Box iOS app.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you will add your files.
  3. If you’d like to create a new folder or add files to the root level of your account, stay on the All Files screen.
  4. Tap the + icon in the top-right corner.

Add files and folders to Box in iOS

Choose How You’d Like to Add Files

You can place files on your Box account by taking one of the following steps:

  • Create New Folder: Create a new folder within the folder you’re currently viewing.
  • Take Photo or Video: Use your device’s camera to take a photo or video and upload it directly to Box.
  • Choose from Library: Upload a photo or video from your device’s media library.
    • Selecting this option will open your media library within the Box app.
    • You may have to grant Box permission to access your media library.
  • Create New Box Note: Create a new Box Note in the folder you are viewing.

Copy, Move or Delete Multiple Items From Your Account

  1. Using the Box for iPhone or Box for iPad app on your device, navigate to the files and/or folders you’d like to change.
  2. Select the items you’d like to move, copy or delete by pressing and holding (long pressing) on a file/folder.
  3. Once you are in Selection Mode (after long pressing to select at least one file), tap on other files to select them.
  4. Hit Cancel in the upper left to exit Selection Mode.

Copy, move or delete content from Box on iOS

  1. Tap Delete, or Move or Copy from the bottom menu to take the appropriate action. If Moving or Copying a file, you will need to select a destination folder.

Access Recently-Viewed Files

The Recents section provides quick access to your recently-viewed files. This includes files recently accessed on other devices or in the Box web application.

The following appears in the Recents section:

  • Previewed files
  • Files opened from a shared link
  • The last 100 files that you viewed

To access the Recently Opened section, tap Recents in the bottom menu:

Access files through the Box for iOS Recents section

How to Remove Recents

  1. Long press a file or folder to select it.
  2. Once in Selection Mode, simply tap files to select them.
  3. You can exit Selection mode by tapping Cancel in the upper left.
  4. Tap Remove from Recents at the bottom of the screen.
  5. You can also clear all recents by tapping Clear All with nothing selected

NOTE: When using the Recently Opened section, removing a file does not delete it from Box. In addition, when you swipe to preview a file, it will not appear in the recently-opened list. If you open a file from this section, swiping will display the next item in the folder where the file resides, not the next item in your Recently Opened section.

Save Files for Offline Access

You can save files and folders from Box to your iOS device, where you can access them — even when your phone is not connected to a network (data or WiFi).

Ways to Make a File Available Offline

  1. Tap the ellipses (…) next to a file or folder’s name to open the More Options menu, then tap Make Available Offline.
  2. Swipe from right-to-left over the file or folder name.
  3. The file will be downloaded for offline access.
  4. The job manager will appear at the top of the screen as a file is downloaded, showing you the progress of each download.
  5. Tap the job manager for more detailed info about a specific job.

Taking files offline on Box iOS

Alternate Way to Take Files or Folders Offline

  1. Navigate to the file or folder you’d like to save for offline access.
  2. Swipe from left to right over the file or folder name, OR
  3. Select the three dots icon and choose the Make Available Offline option.

iOS Box Drive

You’ll see a confirmation message that the file was saved for offline access. You can then access the file anytime, even while your device is offline, by going to the Offline area, accessible from the bottom pane.

No Content Available Offline

Icons that help you to know the offline status of a file or folder

Box cached iconAn empty circle next to a file icon means that the file has been cached. You can preview this file when offline.

Box file downloaded iconA grey circle next to a file icon means that the file is being downloaded.

Box file downloading iconA filled circle next to a file icon means the file has been downloaded and is available for offline access.

Helpful Links

Locking and unlocking files

Embedding Box Widgets

Using Box under Linux

Understanding Collaborator Permission Levels

Updating Box

Searching for files, folders and content in Box

Accept and reject collaborator invitations