If you would like to have all of your future papers automatically downloaded locally, please download our desktop app. When you launch the desktop, in the left panel of your library, click the gear icon to the right of your library name and set the library to “Sync Offline” (See below) - otherwise we will keep them in the cloud until you open them in the desktop app to read. You can always set "Sync Offline" status at any time, and all of the papers not already local will sync down.



Q: I accidentally deleted my local folder with all my PDFs. Do I have to download them one by one to get them back?
A: No problem! If you accidentally delete your folder on your computer with all of your PDF's you can simply toggle your offline settings to online only and then back to available offline(See above) and the application will pull everything back down for you.

Q: If I delete a PDF from my local computer folder does it delete it from the cloud?
A: Nope! If you delete any files from your local computer folder it only deletes that copy - it will not delete it from the cloud. All of your annotations and PDF's are saved in the cloud. As soon as you try and read that paper again the desktop app will go ahead and download the freshest copy available to you. Even if you choose to have your library sync offline, if you have actively removed the local files, it won't automatically replace it unless you engage with the paper. 

Q: If I delete a paper from my ReadCube Papers library (desktop or web), and I have that PDF synced offline in my library folder locally, does it delete that local copy too?
A: If you delete a paper from your ReadCube Papers library, it will be deleted from the cloud and as you sync your devices - removed from your devices. We do not remove the physical copy from your desktop. You will need to delete that separately.
Q: Can I choose which PDFs can be synced offline or does it have to be my whole library?
A: If you choose, Sync Offline, you will download entire personal or shared libraries initially and it will auto download new papers you have added to you library as you go - leaving you with a full-offline copy of your library. You can't however choose specific lists or sublists within those libraries to only download.

If you only want to download PDFs as you go, you can click the Download PDF button in the right panel. Also anything you want to read on the desktop is downloaded locally first.

Download PDF from within ReadCube Papers desktop app

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