Transfer Using Dropbox Web Service

We are developing methods to make transferring data files from your PC to your Android device easier and more transparent than the current method that requires a USB connection to your PC. If you have V1.7.1 or later of the Android app installed, then you should be able to use the following method to transfer your files wirelessly over your Internet connection by using the available Dropbox third-party solution.

Prerequisites: Dropbox Account and Installation

This method requires that you have a Dropbox account and that you install the Dropbox software on both your PC and your Android device. Dropbox is free to use for up to 2Gb (gigabytes) of file storage, and is a very useful service for many other types of documents, files, photos, etc.

  • Go to to create an account (uses email address and password).
  • Install the Windows software for Dropbox on your PC.
  • Go to the Android Market on your mobile device and look for Dropbox by Dropbox, Inc. and install it.
  • View the tutorial and quick-start online documentation to get an idea of how it works.


Copy GedStar File to Dropbox

The easiest way to get your converted data into your Dropbox is to let GedStar do it automatically for you. Just check the Copy output file to Dropbox folder option on the main page of the conversion dialog. It will then almost immediately become available for downloading to your phone or tablet!

If you would rather use a manual procedure, do the following:

  • Using Windows File Explorer, navigate to the GedStar file folder at My Documents\GedStar Pro (or similar documents folder).
  • Right click the database file (file ending with ".gedstar") and select Copy (or type Ctrl-C).
  • Navigate to your Dropbox folder.
  • Right click and select Paste (or type Ctrl-V).

The database file should appear in your Dropbox folder and will be automatically uploaded to the Dropbox web site.


Copy File to Android and GedStar Pro

Getting your file onto your Android device is even easier:

  • Launch the Dropbox application on your phone or tablet. Your file list will be displayed.
  • Tap to open the GedStar Pro subfolder if it is present.
  • Tap the GedStar Pro database file name.

The file will then be downloaded from your Dropbox account. GedStar Pro will automatically be launched and will copy the file to its standard directory on the SD card and display it for viewing. And that's it!

Note 1: When GedStar Pro copies the file to its own directory, it deletes it from the directory used by the Dropbox app. Only one copy of the file remains on your device. If a database file with the same name already exists in the GedStar Pro directory, it is replaced with the new one.

Note 2: Depending on how recently you were using GedStar Pro on your Android device, you might end up with two instances of it running. If this happens, you might have to use the standard menu Select Data File option to view your data.