Storing and Retrieving Data

Mobile devices can also be used to store and retrieve data. They can handle both files (create, name, open, save, save as, print, close, find) and folders (create, name) and navigate file structures using menus, tool bars, icons, scroll bars and buttons.

Many of these tasks can be carried out from the applications used to create and edit documents, but there are also specialist file handling apps.

FileApp for Apple devices supports importing files from a computer or other Apps and allows an iPhone or iPad to be used as a document browser just like Windows Explorer or the Finder on the Mac. FileApp can store almost any type of file, and numerous standards such as PDF or Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office document formats can be opened and viewed on the device.

One of the best file managers on Android is ES File Explorer (shown below). Most people only use it to handle local files and perhaps LAN shares, but it can also be used to  handle cloud-based storage such as Sugarsync and Dropbox.


Follow this link to see a vido on using ES File Explorer on an Android device. You can find similar videos by searching YouTube.

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