Files on phones

Whether you are using an Apple IOS system, Google Android or another system, smartphones are unlikely to be able to handle your files without a suitable App (Application program).

Most phones will have a built-in camera and a suitable app to make it work. That means you can create image files (usually .jpeg) and video files (usually .mp4). To use these files in your studies, you will need to first download them onto your computer. Once they are in a computer environment, you can edit the files and use them in your work if required.

Image and video files can be large. You may need to compress them before adding them into an assignment.

Viewing or editing files

To view or edit a PDF (.pdf) or Word (.docx) file on your smartphone, you will need to find and download an appropriate app.

It is also useful to get a file management app that suits your phone usage. This will allow you to easily find and select files you wish to view or share.

Sharing files

Often the easiest way to get a file, photo or video image to yourself is to email it.

When you open the image on your phone, look for the share icon. This will vary depending on the type of phone.


Android share icon

Apple_shareApple share icon

Select the icon and you should see various ways to share. Text it, send it to your social media account, or email it to yourself. This will use some data if you are away from your home network. It is a simple exchange at home or when if you are at uni and logged in to eduroam, the University’s network.

Remember: large files can take a long time to upload.

Some phones may allow transfer by bluetooth or through a wired USB connection. These connections vary by phone and computer. An extra bonus of sending an image via  email is the permanent copy you get of it, which is accessible from anywhere you have an internet connection.