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Navigating folders

Once logged on, tap Files on the Syncplicity for Android main menu or navigation bar to view the top-most folders and files.


Basic folder navigation

Tap the top-level folder you want to browse. This shows an overlay of the folders and files in it. You can tap a subfolder to go deeper into the folder hierarchy. Swipe right quickly to go back up. Swiping left to right slowly drags the top-most sheet allowing you to see more or less of the folder hierarchy.

Inside a folder, you can find more subfolders and files. Top-level folders, subfolders and files have different contextual actions. At any point, you can quickly move out of the folder navigation by tapping the hamburger icon at the top to open the navigation menu.

About folder sharing

When you share content, you grant access to other users. When you share a file, only that file is shared. When you share a folder, all the files and folders in the folder are shared. The person who shares the folder or file is the owner. The owner has unique permissions to the shared content.

When you share a folder, you can grant editor or reader permissions to other users. An editor can add or change content. A reader only can view content. When you share a folder with other users, those users can, in turn, share the folder with others. However, a user with reader permission can grant only reader permission when sharing the folder.

Users can change permissions or remove only those users they invited to share the folder. As the owner, you can change permissions or remove any user, even those you did not invite directly.

Only the owner can permanently delete any subfolder or file in a shared folder

Sharing a folder

Syncplicity allows you to share folders with other Syncplicity users. When sharing a folder, you grant editor or reader permission to the recipient or group. Syncplicity allows you to share top-level folders or any subfolder in any hierarchy. The following graphic illustrates this further.


In this graphic, you can share the Press Releases folder at bottom right with external parties without giving them access to other higher-level folder information. Yet, the folder remains in its logical location under the Marketing folder. Furthermore:

  • The parent folder Documents is not shared.
  • Two subfolders of Departments - R&D and Product Management - are shared explicitly.
  • The Marketing subfolder under Departments is not explicitly shared, but is accessible by users who have access to the Departments folder. The Press Releases folder can be explicitly shared with external parties without sharing the Marketing folder. This gives the external parties access to only the Press Releases folder.

When a subfolder is shared with a recipient, it inherits the highest permission of the parent folder. For example, in the graphic if you have shared to a recipient the Departments folder as an editor and the Product Management folder as a reader, the Product Management folder inherits the higher editor permission from the Departments folder.

Important Information for sharing folders and subfolders:

  • You can share a subfolder of a parent folder that you don't own, provided the owner of the parent folder allows subfolder sharing.

  • You can share a subfolder without sharing its parent folder or a sibling folder.

Folder icon descriptions




Private folder. Not shared.


Shared folder.


Subfolder of a shared folder, not explicitly shared with the receiver.


Received shared folder, shared with the user as an intended receiver.


Subfolder of received shared folder, not explicitly shared with the receiver.


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