Dropbox first launched in 2008, making it one of the O.G cloud storage providers. But don’t let its old age fool you: Dropbox has stayed relevant over the years by adding new, innovative collaboration features and some seriously impressive integrations.
When you sign up for a Dropbox Basic account, you get 2GB of free storage space. A free account also allows you to share files across up to 3 devices and restore previously saved versions of files (called file-versioning) for up to 30 days.
However, there’s a trick: Dropbox gives you ways to earn more than 16GB of additional free space.
Read on to find out how much storage 2GB really is and how you can unlock more free storage space with Dropbox.
Summary: How much space does Dropbox provide for free?
- When you sign up with Dropbox, you get 2 Gigabytes of storage space for free.
- However, there are a few easy things you can do to unlock even more free space.
What Does 2GB of Free Storage Actually Mean?
Dropbox’s 2GB of free space may not seem like much, and quite frankly, it’s not: particularly when there are competitors that offer much more generous amounts of free cloud storage.
To give you an idea of how much you’ll actually be able to store in 2GB, let’s break it down by a few different popular file types.
2TB of storage space can hold:
- 20,000 pages of (text-based) documents
- 1,000 mid-resolution image files (fewer if they’re high-res)
- 3.6 – 7.2 minutes of video file
As you can see, unless you’re only planning on storing a small number of files, Dropbox’s free 2GB probably isn’t going to cut it.
How Can You Increase Your Free Space?
With most cloud storage providers, you get a set amount of free space, and if you want more, you have to pay for it.
But unlike the competition, Dropbox offers the unique opportunity to increase your free space.
How? There are a few different ways. Here are the most popular “hacks” to get extra free Dropbox storage
1. Complete the Dropbox Getting Started Checklist
If you’ve signed up for a Dropbox Basic account, you can increase your free storage space by completing the five steps on the Dropbox “Getting Started” checklist.
These steps include simple, easy-to-accomplish tasks like putting a folder into your Dropbox storage, sharing a file with friends, and installing Dropbox on more than one device.
Completing all the actions on the Getting Started checklist will earn you 250MB of free space.
2. Refer Friends, Family, and Coworkers
Completing the Getting Started checklist won’t get you that much more space, but referring friends, family, and coworkers definitely can.
In fact, Dropbox allows you to earn up to 16GB through referrals alone.
Here’s how it works:
- Log in to your Dropbox account.
- Click on your profile (the avatar at the top of any screen).
- Click on “Settings,” then “Plan.”
- Then choose “Invite Friend.”
However, once you invite someone, you won’t get the bonus storage space until they’ve also completed a few steps. They have to:
- Click on the link in the referral email.
- Accept the invitation to sign up for a free account.
- Install Dropbox’s app on their desktop.
- Sign in from their desktop app, and verify their email address through the app.
If you have a Dropbox Basic account, you earn 500MB of free space per referral and can earn up to 16GB (if you successfully refer 32 friends).
If you have a Dropbox Plus account, every referral gives you 1GB of bonus storage space (capped at 32GB).
Additionally, the people you refer don’t have to sign up for their Dropbox account using the email address you sent their referral to.
As long as they use the invitation link you sent them, you’ll get credit (and free space!) for the referral regardless of which email address they use for their account.
3. Use Fiverr to Get Referrals
If you’re thinking, “Hmm, 32 referrals sounds like a lot of friends and coworkers to bother,” you might be right.
Thankfully, there’s a lesser-known hack to getting those referrals and the free gigabytes that come with them.
On the popular freelancing site Fiverr, you can find freelancers who will get you the referrals that you need to earn bonus storage space.
You pay them a set fee (usually between $10-$20, depending on how many referrals you want), and they will get you however many referrals are necessary to unlock an agreed-upon amount of space.
Of course, you should always check the reviews of a freelancer before using their services.
Reputable freelancers won’t ask for any private information or personal data and will guarantee referrals within a specific time frame.
If we’re being honest, Dropbox’s 2GB of free storage space is pretty unimpressive, especially compared to competitors like pCloud (10GB free, plus great security and collaboration features) and Google Drive (15GB free).
However, if you’re willing to put in a little effort and creativity, you can use Dropbox’s unique offer to majorly expand your Dropbox free account and leave your limited storage worries behind.