Tip to the TOP: Upload Files from your iPhone/iPad

For this month I’m going to show you a neat trick that you can do on your iPhone/iPad instead of an app!

OSU students – have you ever tried to upload a file to Carmen Dropbox in Safari on your iPhone or iPad, only to find that it doesn’t work? Well, until quite recently you couldn’t, but now you can! With the release of iOS 9.0 and iCloud Drive, the default browser (Mobile Safari) now supports uploading files from your device and from other file storage services, such as Google Drive and BuckeyeBox. In this month’s column I an going to show you exactly how to do that.

Let’s say that you want to upload a file from your Google Drive to a Carmen Dropbox. Before you start:

  1. Make sure that you have the Google Drive app installed on your iPhone or iPad, and that you have used the app at least once and that you are signed in. You need to install the app and sign in for every file storage service you want to use.
  2. Also, make sure that you are on the latest version of iOS (currently 9.2). You can do that by going to Settings → General → Software Update.

Here are the steps:

  1. Tap on the Upload button to call up a list of places where you can pick a file from.
    iOS Upload Step 0 - Select "Upload" to call up list of document providers
  2. You might not see the Google Drive option right away. To turn on that particular document provider, first tap “More”, find Google Drive, and toggle it on (e.g. the circle is on the right and the control is green). After you’ve turned it on, tap “Done” to go back.
    iOS Upload Step 1 - Add Google Drive to the list of document providers under "More"
  3. Now, access your Google Drive. First, tap “Google Drive”, and choose your account from a list if you are asked to. You should see the Google Drive document picker.
    iOS Upload Step 2 - Choose the Google Drive account you would like to upload a file from iOS Upload Step 3 - Select the file you would like to upload from the Google Drive document picker
  4. Tap on the file you want to upload, and you’re done – it is that easy!
    iOS Upload Step 4 - Files have been uploaded to Carmen from your Google Drive

Apple has been making it easier and easier for students to go iPad-Only, and I personally can’t wait to see what other exciting tools they will come up with next!

How do you use this month’s App/Tip to the TOP? Any other apps or tips that you would like to share? Discuss in the comments!

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