UT Box on Mobile Devices

Box has support for Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices1.  While you could just open Box in a web browser on your mobile device, using the mobile app gives you easy access to the power and simplicity of Box, laid out in a format conducive to the small touch screens of today's mobile devices. Using these apps, you can create, view, edit, and share content using your mobile device.

You can install the mobile apps from your device's app store, just like any other app.  Information on using them is available at: https://community.box.com/t5/Using-Box-for-iOS/Manage-Your-Content-with-Box-for-iOS/ta-p/25606 for iOS devices,  https://community.box.com/t5/Using-Box-for-Android/Managing-Content-with-Box-for-Android/ta-p/20133 for Android devices and at https://community.box.com/t5/How-To-Guides-for-Mobile/Box-for-Windows-Phone-Overview-and-FAQs/ta-p/263 for Windows phone devices.

You cannot sync files to your mobile device.  However, some mobile apps (like GoodReader or DocsToGo, for example) either allow you to sync their content to Box or to connect directly to your Box account and manage your files from within the app.  Also, you can manually save files and folders from Box to your device so you can access them offline (when your device is not connected to a data or Wifi network). Again, some apps may allow you to sync content to Box or connect directly to your Box account and manage your files from within the app.

Box Capture, an app exclusively for iOS devices, makes it easy to take photos, videos, audio clips and document scans and instantly save them to UT Box.  Your iPhone or iPad will automatically sync your content capture with Box, completely bypassing your device's camera roll (so it doesn't consume space on your device). Box Capture can even be used offline and will automatically sync when you’re back online.  Plus, it offers the ability to add comments and to automatically upload to a designated folder.  More information on Box Capture is available at https://community.box.com/t5/How-To-Guides-for-Mobile/Using-and-Managing-Box-Capture/ta-p/4655.

If for some reason you don't like the box app for your device, you can always try opening the Box mobile site (m.box.com) in your device's web browser.  The Box mobile website's look and feel is aligned with the Box mobile apps to present the same general layout and visual design.  You can find more information at https://community.box.com/t5/How-To-Guides-for-Mobile/Using-Box-in-your-Mobile-Browser/ta-p/292.

As always, if you have additional questions or need help using UT Box on your mobile device, please don't hesitate to contact the help desk at https://cns.utexas.edu/help (UT EID login required).

Written by CNS OIT staff
Questions or comments? The best and easiest way to contact us is via the CNS Help Desk form.


1 Box is also available for Blackberry; however, we do not cover the Blackberry app here.

See also: Box, Software