Dropbox’s storage system works like an online hard drive, storing your files in a cloud-based location that you can access from your computer, phone and tablet apps, or from the Dropbox website. As well as storing personal files, you can use the system to work on documents when you’re out of the office; you can also share files with colleagues, even if they don’t have their own accounts. It’s free to sign up for a basic account that comes with 2GB of storage, but there are ways to increase your storage limit without paying extra. If you used all of these methods, you could add more than 50GB of free space to your account, as of January 2015.
For Samsung Users:
To get 48 GB of more space, please use your computer and go to:
From there complete any 5 of these 7 tasks:
1. Take the Dropbox Tour
2. Install Dropbox on your computer
3. Put files in your Dropbox folder
4. Install Dropbox on other computers you use
5. Share a folder with friends or colleagues
6. Invite some friends to join Dropbox
7. Install Dropbox on your mobile device
and get 48GB of free Dropbox space.
For other users:
If you can persuade people to open a Dropbox account, get them to use your referral link when they join. You receive 500MB of free space for every new referred subscriber who opens a free account and 1GB for anyone who opens a paid account. If you have a free account, you can earn up to an extra 16GB of free space from referrals in total; if you pay for a subscription with Dropbox Pro, you can earn up to an extra 32GB.
Tasks for Free Storage:
You can add an additional 125MB of free storage by connecting your Facebook or Twitter accounts to Dropbox, and 125MB by following the company on Twitter. Linking a Mailbox account from your iPhone or iPad is worth 1GB of free space. Typically, if you want to un-link accounts later, you’ll keep the free storage. If you complete the Dropbox “Getting Started” guide, you receive 250MB free. You can add another 125MB by giving the company feedback on why you like the system; if you then tweet this comment, you’ll bring in another 125MB.
Camera Upload Allowances:
Dropbox has a photo feature, Camera Upload, that automatically stores any photos or videos you take on phones, cameras or tablets in your account. You receive up to 3GB of additional free storage space in 500MB chunks, if you enable the feature. You get 500MB every time you upload 500MB until you reach the limit. This works only for photos or videos you save using Camera Upload, and you won’t get any free allocation for moving existing files into the system.
Cell Phone and Tablet Promotions:
You may be able to add a lot more free storage when you buy certain models of cell phones or tablets. Dropbox runs promotion deals with some phone manufacturers, giving you an additional storage boost when you use the phone to create a new account or access an existing one. This works with Samsung phones and tablets, and some HTC Senses, giving you from 3GB to 48GB of additional free space. Dropbox has to be pre-installed on the device, and you have to complete the “Getting Started” guide to get the storage credit. Any extra storage you get is time-limited, lasting for one or two years, and some carriers do not participate in the deal.