How to Access Local Dropbox files in Android Phone and Tablet?

Last Updated: March 13, 2016

Easy solution to transfer files between your Android and PC is use some cloud service or external memory card. We are talking about Dropbox Cloud solution to transfer the files between different platforms.

Dropbox app in Android gives you access to the files stored in the DropBox Cloud Storage through your internet connection.

If you don’t have free Dropbox account, please go here to get a free Dropbox account with your email. Most of us will use the Dropbox service through this Android app.

On some occasions, we might need to download files from Dropbox to some other location for processing or sharing. On such occasions, we need to find out where our downloaded local files are saved.

android dropbox folder

We will see below how to access these local files that were downloaded using Dropbox in Android and the location where it is normally saved.

Android Dropbox App

 

Open your file browser in your device. You may use ES file Explorer or My Files App or similar apps for this purpose.

Android File Browser

Now go to the top level folder in your internal memory like SDCard, etc… in your device. There you can find the “Android” folder in it. Open that folder and inside you will see two folders named “data” and “odb.”

Android Root Folder

Now go to the top level folder in your internal memory like SDCard, etc… in your device. There you can find the “Android” folder in it. Open that folder and inside you will see two folders named “data” and “odb.”

com dropbox folder

Inside this folder you will see 2 sub folders named “cache” and “files.” Open the “files” folder. You will see a folder named “Scratch.”

android dropbox root folder

When you open this “Scratch” folder, you will find the local files downloaded from your Dropbox. It is worth noting that you will only see the downloaded files and you will not see folders.

android dropbox scratch folder

You can freely move or copy these files as well as delete them as you like.

android dropbox folder file

Remember, if you add any files to that folder, it won’t sync with your cloud storage. So don’t forget to add your files through the Dropbox app upload facility to store on the cloud. To get Dropbox on your device, please go to Google Play store link here.

Note:- The above post is described using Android version 4.0+ devices. In older versions the folder “Android” may be stored in different places. Also, care should be taken to keep the folders and other files intact, otherwise your device may not work properly.

3 COMMENTS

  1. With the release of latest Android 6.0 and latest Dropbox App, does this article needs any update?

    I followed the procedure but I couldn’t able to find any of my dropbox Offline files.

  2. Thank you for the awesome write up.
    I don’t know why Dropbox would bury that folder so deep.
    It makes it more difficult than necessary to get things from one device to another.

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