Android tablet / phone download help

Downloading a pattern

Saving a pattern

Printing a pattern

Viewing saved downloads

Buying a printer for an Android tablet or phone

Downloading a pattern.

When you tap the “Download” button the pattern will either
[A] open automatically,
[B] a popup might appear asking you if you want to download the file or
[C] the file will download without a popup. In the latter case it might seem nothing has happened.

A. If the pattern opens.

This screen shot is from an Android phone.

If the pattern opens automatically see the printing and saving information further down this page.

B. If a popup appears.


This screen shot is from a Chrome web browser on an Android phone.

When you tap download the file will be saved on your tablet or phone and it may open as well. If it doesn’t open it can be found in your “Files” app under “Downloads”. If you leave the “Don’t show again” box ticked future downloads will be saved without the message appearing.

C. If nothing seems to happen.

If your your tablet or phone is set to download files without asking, when you tap “Download” it may seem like nothing has happened. The pattern can be found in your “Files” app under “Downloads”.

Files app logo

The Files app logo looks like this.

1. Open the Files app from your Android home page.

2. Navigate to the Downloads folder.

3. If your pattern file is there, click on it to open it.

files app

Screen shot of the files app on an Android phone.

If it turns out the pattern hasn’t been saved, go back to the downloads page. Hold your finger on the “Download” button until a popup list appears. Choose “Download link” to save the pattern to your device.

files app

Screen shot on an Android phone.

Saving a pattern.

To save PDF patterns directly to your Android proceed as follows:

  1. Open the pattern file you want to save in your PDF reader.
  2. Tap File on your Android, then select Print.
  3. Select from the dropdown menu and click Save as PDF, then click Save.
  4. Pick your preferred location for your PDF and press Save.

Printing the pattern.

The stitching pattern files are delivered in PDF format. They can be viewed on any device that has a PDF reader installed.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is free from the Play Store.

Open the pattern in Adobe Acrobat and send the pattern to your printer as follows:

Print symbol

Select 3 dot menu. Screen shot from Adobe Acrobat on an Android phone.

Print symbol

Select Print. Screen shot from Adobe Acrobat on an Android phone.

Print symbol

Select printing options. Screen shot from Adobe Acrobat on an Android phone.

If you get a printing option for sizing the pattern to fit your paper choose “Actual size”. This will print the pricking pattern at the correct size.

Viewing saved downloads.

Patterns you have saved to your tablet or phone can be found in your “Files” app under “Downloads”.

Buying a printer for an Android tablet or phone.

If you don’t have a suitable printer then many modern printers are capable of connecting directly to an Android phone or tablet through Wi-Fi without accessing a network. Wi-Fi enabled inkjet printers can be purchased from £50.00 pounds ($60.00 USD) upwards.

Here is a link to a YouTube video that explains printing to a HP printer from Android.