Although Apple, Microsoft and Google (the recently launched Google Drive) all have cloud-based services, Dropbox is definitely the most popular cloud service out there as well as being amongst the first to be launched. The large numbers of competitors ensures that the very best cloud service possible is provided and the amount of free storage is increased as these companies continue to battle it out for the top spot. Dropbox is always working on its service and improving the web interface, the desktop client and the official mobile app. However, one feature that Dropbox hasn’t gotten around to, yet, is the ability to download entire folders containing multiple files at once from the official mobile client of Dropbox. If you have ever felt the need for this feature there is no need to despair because there is an app that allows you to do exactly what the official mobile client doesn’t.
Folder Downloader for Dropbox allows users to download entire folders from their Dropbox account directly to their Android device. This is especially useful when, for instance, you need to download a folder containing a large number of mp3 files. One file at a time is really no way to do things. And once you start using Folder Downloader for Android, queued downloading will be supported.
The tool itself is immensely lightweight and works well with the official Android client of Dropbox. It goes without saying that a Dropbox account is essential for the app to work but you don’t necessarily require the official Dropbox app installed on your Android device.
Once you launch Folder Downloader on your Android device you will need to Authenticate the app to allow it access to the contents of your Dropbox account. It authenticates via OAuth and Dropbox’s official API, eliminating any worries about the app saving your password.
Once authenticated, your Dropbox directories are then displayed which can then be downloaded. To do so, all you need to do is long press one. You can then choose where exactly you want this directory to be downloaded to within your Android device via the ‘Download folder to’ option. Choose an appropriate location by browsing your device’s local storage and select. If you need to you can also create a new folder to save the downloaded file to from within the app without using a separate file manager.
Downloading continues in the background, meaning you can continue doing whatever else you want to do on your device meanwhile. Progress can be monitored; simply check the list of downloaded files. Once the download is complete the app will notify you of it.
The app requires Android version 2.1 or higher, and is available free of charge. Grab it from the Google Play Link provided below: