Dropbox is a great service that lets you store your files i.e. photos, documents, videos etc. on the cloud. You can consider it your own online private storage. Dropbox also provides their services for free. But, the thing is, the free account gets your only 2GB of free online storage.
If you think about it, 2GB of storage isn’t enough to store your files. But there’s a good news! You can have more storage on Dropbox if you decide to pay a certain amount per month. Also, there are ways you can get more storage for free. Which is an even better news!
In this post, I will tell you how to get more than 2GB of Dropbox space in less than 5 minutes. Let’s get started!
If you are new to Dropbox, just go ahead and create a new account on Dropbox.com. After the account is created, you just have to download the desktop client. Download the desktop client from here. Now download and install the client. You will be asked to sign in so go ahead and sign in to your account.
After the account is signed in, you can follow the steps given below.
- Go to this page and you will see a bunch of options using which you can have more space.
As you can see, you can perform a few tasks to instantly get some extra space on your Dropbox. You can leave feedback for Dropbox or follow them on Twitter and you will get extra space on your Dropbox account.
You can always choose to invite your friends and get up to 16GB extra space. There are other ways to increase your space as well and to know them, you need to read this post.
1. Invite your friends – up to 16GB
Every user on Dropbox can invite their friends and get up to 16GB free space on their account. The invitations will be sent using a unique link that you can obtain from here.
For every person that signs up to Dropbox using your unique link, you will be rewarded with 500MB space on your Dropbox account. You can invite 32 people and you will get a total of 16GB by doing this. You can refer your friends by sending them an email or sharing your link on Facebook, Twitter or any other medium that you want.
2. Watch out for Dropbox challenges
Dropbox always puts out challenges and games for the users which they can participate in and they can earn some extra space on their Dropbox account after participating in these challenges. You can keep checking the Dropbox blog, as these contests are announced on the blog. They also announce them on their social media channels so make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter etc.
3. Watch out for Dropbox keynotes
Dropbox often conducts webinars and events in which they give away free space to the visitors and attendees. Make sure you keep yourself updated with the Events & Webinars page. This will help you not miss out on these events. Not only are these events quite informative but you get goodies like free Dropbox space so it doesn’t hurt to be in one of these events, right?
4. Use Virtual Machine & Refer some accounts
This is going to be a process in which you have to create virtual machines on your PC using Virtual Box. We will be installing Ubuntu on the virtual machine and creating some email accounts to refer and create new Dropbox accounts. Follow the steps mentioned below.
Installing Ubuntu on Virtual Box
- Download Virtual Box from this link and install it on your computer.
- Now go ahead and download Ubuntu from here.
- Now that you have both of the things that you need, you can go ahead and run Virtual Box and click on the New button to create a new Virtual Machine.
- You will see a new prompt in which you have to choose the following things.
- After this is set, just click on the Start button. You will be asked to choose a disk image so go ahead and choose the Ubuntu image.
- After the image is chosen, you will see that the virtual machine is booting the image. You will see a prompt where you have to choose Install Ubuntu.
- Follow the installation and Ubuntu will be installed in no time.
Installing Dropbox & Referring
Now that you have your virtual machine all set up, you can start referring. Follow the steps below.
Download Virtual Box from Sun and install it on your computer. While you’re doing this, download Ubuntu. Run Virtual Box and click the New button to create a new machine, then type the name in as Ubuntu, which will set all the defaults you need. Follow the wizard through to create all of the defaults that you need. Once done, select your machine and click Start. You’ll be prompted to choose a virtual disc file, so navigate to the Ubuntu .iso file you downloaded earlier and choose this, then click Start. When prompted, click Install Ubuntu, then follow the wizard through to install the operating system on your virtual computer.
4. If free space isn’t enough – Dropbox Pro 1TB
Dropbox also recently introduced its new premium plan – Dropbox Pro. Now, instead of having multiple price points with different storage volumes you have just one. With the new Dropbox Pro you will get 1TB (1024GB) of storage for just $9.99 per month. There’s no way on earth you will get so much space for free. So if you need it, buy it.
Pro tip for European users: you might have probably seen that instead of paying $9.99 you will pay €9.99 (that’s $13.11). If you are planning on spending money on more Dropbox space, simply install the free ZenMate VPN extension and change your “location” to USA! This way you will save $37.44 a year, simply by buying the US plan.
If you know any other ways to get more Dropbox space for free, please share then in the comments!
The other way – Cleaning up your Dropbox
During my time at college I have used Dropbox for all my team projects. Everything from creating project plans, editing short videos or presentations – everything was in my Dropbox. But since I was using “Selective Sync“, I didn’t see all the files I had in my Dropbox on my computer.
For those of you who don’t know, Selective Sync allows you to select the folders you would like to sync to your computer, while leaving some just in the cloud. This comes in especially handy when it comes to automatic picture backups, archived files or if you have only a very small amount of storage on your computer (think low-end MacBook Air).
So, I have recently discovered, that I still had some of my very old shared project folders in my Dropbox! Turns out, that they were more than 5GB in total! Since I didn’t need them at all anymore, I simply removed the folders that I owned from my Dropbox, and left shared folders owned by others.
This way, I didn’t really increase my Dropbox space per se, but I still ended up with 5GB of additional space in just under 10 minutes. If you have been using Dropbox to collaborate on projects before, chances are that you are still subscribed to some shared folders, which you don’t need to be a part of anymore.
The latest rumor – Make your account as secure as possible
In a recent interview (June 2015), Patrick Heim, Dropbox’s head of trust and security, disclosed that Dropbox might start giving away more Dropbox space for those users, who have made the additional effort to ensure their account is as secure as possible.
That would make a lot of sense, since security is the number one challenge for the cloud storage provider.
ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW IS A PROJECT WE HAVEN’T BROADLY DISCLOSED YET, BUT IT’S REALLY TO INCENTIVISE CONSUMERS TO GO THROUGH A SECURITY HEALTHCHECK BOTH IN TERMS OF THE AUTHENTICATION SETTINGS, THE SHARING SETTINGS, ETCETERA, AND WHEN THEY COMPLETE THAT THEY MAY GET ADDITIONAL FREE STORAGE SPACE AS AN INCENTIVE. – PATRICK HEIM
Whether this happens or not, it’s always a good idea to secure your Dropbox account. In either case, make sure to create a hard to crack password (with the help of 1Password or LastPass) and enable two-step verification for your Dropbox account.