Third-Party Apps That Are Better Than The Official Counterparts

Popular services like Twitter, Dropbox, YouTube and Wikipedia generally have their own apps on various mobile and desktop platforms — but sometimes third-party developers swoop in and make better alternatives. Here are some prime examples of where the unofficial software works better than the “authorised version”.

Vibe Cloud Music Player Plays Your Music From Dropbox And Google Drive

iPhone: Dropbox and Google Drive make for great places to store your music so you can access it from anywhere, but you still need something to play the music. Vibe Cloud Music Player does just that.

'Streaming Sync' Promises Faster Dropbox Speeds

Unless you have oodles of bandwidth, using cloud storage services such as Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive to store massive files can be impractical, depending on how often you need to sync them. Improved telecommunications technology will eventually make the process less painful, but for now, software tweaks will have to do. Dropbox recently revealed some enhancements it’s made to its clients that should boost sync speeds for “large” files by up to two times.

Dropbox Adds Easy Computer Linking, Reordered Favourites

iOS: The Dropbox app on iOS has been updated today with a couple of handy new features, including a new way to link a computer to your Dropbox account and the ability to reorder favourites.

Ballloon Saves Online Images And Documents To Dropbox Or Google Drive

Chrome: Want to share an image or document you found online with others? Forget downloading and then pushing to your preferred cloud storage service — Ballloon can do it in a single click.

I'm Tina Wen, Engineer At Dropbox, And This Is How I Work

Dropbox seems so simple — drag and drop your files and they follow you wherever you go. But it’s taken a dedicated team of designers and engineers to build out the deceptively effortless service, and one of those dedicated engineers is Tina Wen.

Sign Into Multiple Dropbox Accounts On Android With ES File Explorer

Dropbox is a great tool, but the official app only allows you to sign into one account at a time. If you need to work with multiple accounts, ES File Explorer, our favourite file explorer for Android, makes things easy.

Ask LH: How Can I Stop My Mac From Syncing When On 4G?

Hi Lifehacker, I am about to visit a holiday home from friends and I will be using their 4G connection while I’m there. However, I have my Mac set up so it syncs with Dropbox and Google Drive. Is there an app out there which will let me switch on/off which apps I allow to use bandwidth so I don’t use their 4G data needlessly?

Save Files To Dropbox (And Other Cloud Services) By Default In Windows

Windows: Saving your files in the cloud has lots of advantages, but most applications still save files to your Documents folder by default. You can, of course, manually select a folder that syncs to the cloud, but why not take out the extra step and automatically save those files to Dropbox or Google Drive?

1PasswordAnywhere Lets You Access Your 1Password Vault On The Web

1Password is one of our favourite password managers, and it can sync to all your devices via Dropbox. Once you sync your vault of passwords, 1Password actually lets you access them on any device without installing the app.