Version 4.1 of Jottacloud for Android integrates Android's DocumentsProvider interface, allowing 3rd-party applications using the Storage Access Framework (SAF) to use some of our advanced file-management features. Among the 3rd-party applications using the SAF are Microsoft Word and Excel, which are able to use providers like Jottacloud as storage locations.

In earlier versions of Jottacloud for Android, it's been possible to open documents in read-only mode from the Jottacloud app. This functionality has not changed. Because of the limitations of Android's Client and Provider interfaces, the only way to open a document for writing is to do it from within the Client application (Office, in this case).

In order to edit files stored on Jottacloud with Office, there are some requirements:

  • You must have an office 365 subscription
  • Your device must be running Android KitKat (4.4) or above

Assuming both conditions are met, the rest is simple.

To open a file in Office

Click "Open" from the home screen (in the bottom-right corner) and then select Browse (the bottom-most menu option)

Android's native file picker will open. To navigate to your Jottacloud folders, click the hamburger icon in the top-left corner. A navigation drawer will open. Below the local storage options, you will see a list of all of the Document Providers registered on your device. Among them you should find Jottacloud (note: if Jottacloud does not appear, see below about troubleshooting)

Click on the Jottacloud option to see an overview of the four storage categories -Synced - Backed up - Archive - Shared. From the storage categories you will be able to navigate your Jottacloud-stored files as you would from the app; the Jottacloud directory structure is retained in the native file picker. Navigate to the document you want to edit (note: invalid items are still displayed in the file picker, but are faded)

Click on the document to load it

And voilà! Office will load the document, and from there you are free to edit the file without hassle. If you have autosave enabled in your Office app, the file will automatically save and update when you are finished editing. 

You also have the option to "Save As", which will prompt you to fill in a filename and select a save location, where you will be presented with the same location options that you were given when first opening the file for editing.

Troubleshooting

If Jottacloud does not show up as a location in Android's file picker, you can try the following:

  1. Check to be sure that your Jottacloud app is logged in
  2. Try closing and reopening the Jottacloud app to force it to re-notify Android of its status as a document provider
  3. Double check that you have met the requirements outlined above for editing files with Office
  4. Let us know you are having trouble and we'll help you solve it

If you can only open files in read-only mode:

  1. Be aware that you can only edit documents from within the Office app. If you are in the Jottacloud app and are trying to open the document from our native file browser, you will only be able to view it in read-only mode
  2. Check that your Office app is signed in to an active Office 365 account

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