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Box For Android - Feature Overview

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All Files View - The 'All Files' view is the main directory in Box and will sync seamlessly with the files you have from Box.com. 

1. Create New Folder - The first option you have from the 'All Files' tab, is the ability to create new folders. You will also be given an opportunity to create a new folder anytime you upload files.

2. Create New File - New to the Box app is the ability to create new files directly from the app. Once you select the type of file you want to create, you will be asked to choose the app you want to create or import the file from. The create button only reflects the file types that you are capable of creating, so without a 'document editing' app for example, you will only be given the option to create photos or videos.

3. Upload New File - In addition to uploading multimedia files, for the first time, the Android app now gives users direct access to their SD card so you can upload any file type. The 'Any File' option also supports multi-file upload. If you would like to upload multiple photos, you will need to go directly to your Gallery, select the photos/Albums you want, and share them to the Box app.

4. Settings - From the settings icon you can access your account options, refresh the page, or log out of the app.

5. Updates - The updates tab shows you all the recent activity from your Box account.

6. Search - It can be hard sorting through all your files, so the search tool gives users a quick and easy way to find files. 

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Folder View -  From the folder view, users have the same content creation options, with the added ability to share and collaborate with other people.

1. Sharing - The biggest difference in the 'Folder View' is the ability to send 'shared links' or add collaborators to the folder. Make sure you know your default share settings, because there is no way to adjust permissions from the Android app. 

2. Create New Folder - From the folder view, you still have the option to create new folders.

3. Create New File - Likewise, you can also create content from within a folder.

4. Upload New File - The upload button works the same way as in your 'All Files' directory.

5. Settings - The settings in the 'Folder View' differs slightly in that they also give you the option to rename or delete the folder.

 

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File View - Once you select a file, you will enter the 'file view', and can view, edit, or share the file.

1. Download For Offline Use - Like the iOS app, Box for Android allows you to download your files for offline use. Once you download the file, it will be available offline either through the Box app, or from the 'Box' folder on your SD card. 

2. Upload New Version of the File - When you are in file view, the upload button will prompt you to upload a new version of the file you have open. This will overwrite the file so use this with caution.

3. Rename File - Like the folder view, the pencil icon in this instance allows you to rename your files.

4. Delete File - The trash can icon allows you to delete the file you have selected. There is no trash access from the Android app, so if you need to recover a file, you will have to log into the web app (box.com) to do so.

5. Share File - Box for Android allows you to send shared links to your files. The shared link will take you to your default email app and populate the message field with the shared link. If you don't want to email the link, just copy and paste the link from your email and discard the message.

6. Edit/View File - The 'Open with' button allows you to view or edit your Box files. You will then be asked which app you want to open the file in. As soon as you save, your file will automatically be saved back to your Box account. If you want default an app to open a file type just check the 'Use by default for this action' box when the 'Complete Action Using' box pops up.

7. Commenting - Box for Android also gives you the ability to read or add comments directly from the app.

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