01. Login & Sync

Connect your Android device to your existing Mendeley library, or set up a new account to start organising your research today.

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When you first load the App, you’ll be prompted to sign in with your Mendeley details. These are the same email address and password you use for Mendeley Desktop or Mendeley.com.

If you’ve never used Mendeley before, tap Create account. Creating an account is done via the Mendeley website, so once you’ve completed this process in your browser and received an email confirming that your account has been created, launch the Mendeley app again and sign in.

Login Screen

Once you’ve signed in, the App will attempt to synchronise with your cloud-based Mendeley library. If you’re a new user, this will be quick as there’ll be nothing to sync! If you have an extensive library in Mendeley already, the App will download the document details for all your library entries, folders, groups and tags and store them all on your device for viewing offline at any time.

For larger libraries the first sync process could take a while and we recommend being connected to wifi for the best experience. Subsequent syncs should be much quicker. Once the sync has completed you’re free to browse your library.


The app will attempt to sync each time you open it, or whenever you press the sync button in the top toolbar. Sync on load can be disabled in the Settings menu if, for example, you’re travelling abroad and worried about roaming data charges.

PDFs of papers and other file attachments aren’t downloaded by default during a sync, but you can download them individually as required, which will store them for offline use.

You can now also opt to download all the papers stored in your library. Note that this can involve downloading large amounts of data - it could take a while to complete. We also strongly recommend that you are connected to WiFi for this process, in order to avoid using large amounts of mobile data.

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