Dropbox as we know, is a collaboration tool that helps to store, sync and share files online. It makes file sharing and collaboration dead simple. The free – basic plan offers upto 2 GB of free storage space. For many of you, 2 GB space may not be enough, and we crave for more storage space. Of course, we can purchase more storage space by shelling out a few bucks per month, but those who don’t want to pay anything, here are some tips to increase storage space for free on Dropbox.
Get More Storage on Dropbox for Free
So you’ve got the free 2 GB Basic plan for Dropbox. Here are some ways through which you can get extra space and increase this 2 GB limit in your Dropbox.
Complete the “Getting Started” Steps
When you login to Dropbox, you will notice the “Getting started” tab. Click on it and try to complete at least five steps. If you’re already using Dropbox from quite a long time, then chances are most probably all the steps are completed. If not, then click on the link and complete the process. Here are five easiest steps to complete:
- Take the Dropbox tour
- Install Dropbox on your computer
- Put files in your Dropbox folder
- Install Dropbox on other computers you use
- Invite some friends to join Dropbox
After completing any five of those tasks, you will get a 250 MB bonus from Dropbox. Thanks for rewarding, you’re so kind !
Using Referral Method
Remember the “Invite friends” which we already followed? This method has two advantages, firstly the person who joins through your referral link will get 500 MB bonus and secondly, the more people join through your link, the more your storage space. For each friend that installs Dropbox, you will both get 500 MB of free space (you can earn up to 16 GB).
To get your referral link, login to Dropbox and click on “Get extra space free“. Here is a direct link for your convenience.
Now what? You got your referral link and want to invite your friends. You can use Twitter, facebook or Email for this purpose.
If you’ve got some followers on Twitter, then try tweeting with your referral link and explain them (in 140 characters) why they should use Dropbox. Perhaps some of them may join from your recommendation, and after all, you’re promoting something good. Now comes the facebook part, there is no such character limit, so you’ve got more words to explain why they should try using Dropbox. If you know about the peak hours, when most of your friends are online, that’s the correct time to share and tweet. Timing matters.
Note: People don’t like spamming, just like you and me. No need to post that link often.
You can also invite friends, peers and relatives through email. In this same page, there is an option for “Invite by Email”. Enter your email address and password, retrieve contacts and send an email. Or just directly enter email address and invite them.
Want to try out some more methods? Posting referral link on forums can also yield some fruitful results. Of course, as advised above, don’t get too spammy or moderators and admin may delete/ban the user from that forum. It’s all about finding the right audience and whether they are really interested in using this awesome service.
Connecting Social Media Accounts
Here’s one more useful tip to get more storage space for free. Go to this free page and connect your Twitter and facebook account. Follow the steps such as “Signing in with twitter” and “connecting with facebook”. The third and fourth steps are also much easier to perform. Just follow Dropbox on twitter and in fourth step, complete the sentence which is: “I love Dropbox because”. Performing these steps are easy and you can get upto 512 MB of free space (128 MB per each process that you complete).
Use .EDU Email address for your Account
If you are having an .edu email address, then the fun doubles. You can get double the credit for referrals.
That’s 500 MB (instead of 250 MB) per friend you invite. This will also apply to everyone you’ve already referred too.
This method is strongly recommended, because it will double all your referral space. Enter email address and then click on “Send Email” button. Go ahead and connect your account with an .edu mail address.
Follow all the steps and your Dropbox space will get supercharged with free space.
Tech tip: Using Google Chrome? Here’s a Dropbox app for Chrome browser. Now you can access your Dropbox account and files straight from your Chrome toolbar. Cool, isn’t it.
Got any other tips? Feel free to comment below.