Manage Your Content with Box for iOS

The Box for iOS mobile applications give you the power and simplicity of Box on your iPhone or iPad. Create, view, edit, and share content on the go, all from your mobile device.


Add Files and Folders

To add files from your iOS device to Box:

  • Open the Box iOS app
  • Navigate to the folder to which you'd like to add your files. If you'd like to create a new folder or add files to the root level of your account, remain on the All Files screen.
  • Tap the + icon in the top-right corner.

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Choose how you'd like to add files:

  • 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 opens 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

To copy, move, or delete multiple items from your Box account using the Box for iPhone or Box for iPad app on your device, follow the steps below:
  • Navigate to the files/folders on which you want to perform the action. 
  • Select the items you want to move, copy, or delete by long pressing (pressing and holding) on a file/folder. Once you are in Selection Mode (after long pressing at least one file), tap other files to select them as well.
  • To exit Selection mode, tap Cancel.

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  • Tap Delete or Move or Copy from the bottom menu to take the action you want. 
  • Before you move or copy a file, you must select a destination folder. 


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 files display in this 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:

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Remove Recents:
  • Long press a file/folder to enable Selection Mode.  When you have placed an item in Selection Mode, you can just tap additional files to select them.
  • Tap Remove from Recents at the bottom of the screen
  • You can also clear all recents by tapping Clear All with nothing selected
  • To exit Selection mode at any time, tap Cancel.
When using the Recently Opened section, be aware of the following:
  • Removing a file from the Recently Opened section does not delete it from Box.
  • When you swipe to preview a file, it does not display in the recently-opened list.
  • If you open a file from this section, swiping displays 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 so you can access them when your phone is not connected to a network (data or WiFi).  You can make a file available offline in either of two ways:
  • Tap the ellipsis (...) next to a file/folder's name to open the More Options menu, then tap Make Available Offline.
  • Swipe from right to left over the file or folder name.

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The file downloads for offline access.  The job manager displays at the top of the screen as a file downloads, revealing the progress of each download. To get more details about a specific job, tap Job Manager..
There are three icons that indicate the offline status of a file or folder:
cachedAn empty circle next to a file icon means the file has been cached. You can preview this file when offline.
downloadedA grey circle next to a file icon means the file is being downloaded.
downloadingA filled circle next to a file icon means the file has been downloaded and is available for offline access. 

Box Notes 

Create and edit Box Notes directly from the app.  See Box Notes in Box for iOS for more information and details.
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