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Triple your Dropbox capacity for free

Posted on 13th Apr 2012 at 09:02 by Antony Leather with 46 comments

Antony Leather
As I know so many of you out there use Dropbox, I thought these handy little tips to boost your capacity for free would be a godsend - they certainly were for me. If you haven't heard of Dropbox, then let me enlighten you - it's one of those things that instantly makes your life easier. The ability to simply and quickly synchronise your files between PCs within Windows Explorer and have an online backup accessible where ever you are is immensely valuable, especially if you're on the move every day.

For me, having Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop automatically save my in-progress files to Dropbox, and then being able to continue where I left off when I get home saves so much time. USB sticks were a giant leap over floppy disks, but with Dropbox, you don't even have to worry about forgetting or losing your USB stick. You can even switch between your work PC, laptop and home PC and seamlessly carry on with what your doing. The only downside is that the online storage you start with is just 2GB. This sounds a lot, but once you realise the potential of the service, you'll quickly want to use it for more and more tasks.

Thankfully, Dropbox has cunningly left a trail of capacity-increasing tasks, most of which are free and easy to do. Here's a list of all the popular ways you can do it - in just a few minutes you can triple your capacity to 6GB, without even spamming your friends. You can thank me later.

Complete the Getting Started List

Head over to the Getting Started Page on the Dropbox website. Here you'll be presented with a list of tasks such as share folders with friends, install Dropbox on your mobile device and take the Dropbox tour. Complete a majority of these (thankfully you don't have to invite friends just yet) and you'll receive a handy 250MB boost to your cloud storage. This is a five minute job.

Triple your Dropbox capacity for free

Social Media
The next easy method is to follow a couple of steps on the Dropbox website relating to social media. Simply click the various buttons (which do things such as making your Twitter account follow Dropbox) and you'll get up to 640MB more space.

Triple your Dropbox capacity for free

Sign in to Dropbox then head here to start completing the tasks. You just need an active Twitter or Facebook account for this to work, and completing all the tasks results in a very handy boost in capacity.

Use the Camera Upload Feature
Another easy way to add a few hundred megabytes to your capacity is to download, install and use the latest beta version of Dropbox, which includes a nifty little feature called Camera Upload. You get 500MB more free space for completing a photo upload from your camera or memory card, and an additional lump of free space for every 500MB of photos and videos you upload, up to a maximum of 3GB.

This is a hefty amount to upload (500MB will need around an hour or more of hammering your Internet connection to complete) and Dropbox will take no prisoners if you need your bandwidth for other things, so be sure to pause the upload if need be.

To make sure it works, go to the start menu and type 'auto'. Select the option 'Autoplay' - this brings up the various options you have when inserting new media into computer. Under 'Pictures', select Import pictures and videos using Dropbox. Plug in a camera or memory card with 500MB of photos on it and the rest should happen automatically.

Once you've completed this, feel free to revert back to the original version or simply disable the feature, making sure to set the Pictures option in Autoplay back to its default setting too.

Invite Friends

I'm never keen on spamming friends and family for freebies in this way, (I've resisted the urge to share my referral link here too, aren't I good!) but it is a good way of getting more Dropbox space. By sending them a referral link (click on the 'Get free space' tab at the top of the Dropbox home page when you're signed in) once they've signed up and start using the service, both of you get a 500MB bonus with a massive 16GB limit. If you need to send friends large files, try to persuade them to sign up using your referral for instance.

If you have a .edu email address, then linking this to your Dropbox account can often net you extra space for referrals too, although at the moment both types of referrals appear to land you 500MB.

So there you have it. We've listed several ways of increasing your Dropbox capacity for free and you could easily triple your 2GB starting capacity in less than ten minutes and without spamming your friends.

Do you use Dropbox? Perhaps you use another service you think is better? Let us know in the forum.

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Hamfunk 13th April 2012, 09:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by brumgrunt
both of you get a 500MB bonus with a massive 16GB limit.

As of 2 days ago the friend referral bonus was boosted to 1GB per referral with a maximum of 32GB. Maybe worth updating the article!

I got excited by the article title, thinking I could triple my 100GB storage limit! I am currenlty hassling Dropbox to give me more space, something in the range of 200GB. SugarSync (a dropbox competitor) offer 250GB for $25/month which is a much better deal than dropbox. Might jump ship in the near future.

That said, the dropbox free account is a great free service! There is also android/iphone apps that allow you to access your files on the move!
Bindibadgi 13th April 2012, 09:29 Quote
At 3.1GB free so far!! Just doing the photo upload service from mobile.
OzThe2 13th April 2012, 09:30 Quote
Excellent - I'm on it now thank you for the tips.
Combatus 13th April 2012, 09:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hamfunk
As of 2 days ago the friend referral bonus was boosted to 1GB per referral with a maximum of 32GB. Maybe worth updating the article!

I got excited by the article title, thinking I could triple my 100GB storage limit! I am currenlty hassling Dropbox to give me more space, something in the range of 200GB. SugarSync (a dropbox competitor) offer 250GB for $25/month which is a much better deal than dropbox. Might jump ship in the near future.

That said, the dropbox free account is a great free service! There is also android/iphone apps that allow you to access your files on the move!

Really? It still says 500MB over most of the site for referrals.

Sadly this is only for people using the free version - I totally agree about gaps in the pricing and service though. It's a hefty hike from free to the first tier for starters.
Hamfunk 13th April 2012, 09:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Combatus
Really? It still says 500MB over most of the site for referrals.

Sadly this is only for people using the free version - I totally agree about gaps in the pricing and service though. It's a hefty hike from free to the first tier for starters.

I suspect the site will be updated soon, even my friends with free accounts got the email from Dropbox saying the referrals were increased to 1GB and they also plan to backdate any referrals that have already been processed! ;)

I'm huge fan of the service, and for backing up photos its the only real solution! Hopefully soon they will make a bigger effort to compete with SugarSync!
slaw 13th April 2012, 09:42 Quote
Talking of free space, if anyone wants to sing up using my referal, then we both get some extra space

http://db.tt/VcENobN

ta
sparkyboy22 13th April 2012, 09:47 Quote
Get 16gb without spamming your mates:

1. Register for google adwords but dont use it.
2. Wait for a free voucher to be emailed to you.
3. Place an add for dropbox with the keyword dropbox
4. Wait for the referalls to roll in.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20467886/DropBox.PNG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20467886/DropMenu.PNG
alecamused 13th April 2012, 10:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hamfunk

I got excited by the article title, thinking I could triple my 100GB storage limit! I am currenlty hassling Dropbox to give me more space, something in the range of 200GB. SugarSync (a dropbox competitor) offer 250GB for $25/month which is a much better deal than dropbox. Might jump ship in the near future.

livedrive's pro-package offers 5tb for ~17€ + unlimited backupspace for 5 pcs ...
Material 13th April 2012, 10:15 Quote
Pro Tip - Do the photo upload thing at work rather than at home
Hg 13th April 2012, 10:28 Quote
I tend to use sugarsync instead of dropbox as you start off with 5gb for free and get more for referrals etc.
But its best feature is the ability to sync multiple folders, across multiple machines so i use it to save my game saves which dont work on the cloud yet between all my PCs .

Check it out
https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=caemrtx7zit8x&utm_source=website&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=referral&shareEvent=37665
do_it_anyway 13th April 2012, 10:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by slaw
Talking of free space, if anyone wants to sing up using my referal, then we both get some extra space

http://db.tt/VcENobN

ta
Done!
tonyd223 13th April 2012, 10:54 Quote
HTC One users get 25Gb free for 2 years - there was a crack think but it's been revoked...
slaw 13th April 2012, 11:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
Done!

Thanks!!! + Rep
Vo0Ds 13th April 2012, 14:36 Quote
Sweet, missed a few of those so now sitting on 2.75GB before I try the photo upload :)
azrael- 13th April 2012, 15:07 Quote
I got roped in to sign up for DropBox about 1.5 years ago and also pestered a couple of pals to do it. Ended up with 3.75GB free space, but haven't used DropBox since. Don't really trust them. Especially after the row last year about their terms of service.

A colleague at work swears by SpiderOak, by the way. Should be a lot more secure.
Gareth Halfacree 13th April 2012, 15:15 Quote
I use SpiderOak and Box - SpiderOak for security, and Box 'cos they gave HP TouchPad owners 50GB for free. Which is nice.
RedFlames 13th April 2012, 17:32 Quote
I use it for sharing stuff between my VM[s] and the host PC as it seemed to be the easiest option and i hardly dent the 2GB... but more is always better... as is free...
Eiffie 13th April 2012, 19:14 Quote
I use Box.net personally. 50gb's of free space, 2gb file limits for any free account on android or iphone. Also works with PC but the 50gb for free has to be activated through a phone I think. They run that as a limited time offer every few months for the past year or so. I tried Dropbox and just didn't like it.
lamboman 13th April 2012, 19:39 Quote
Now up to 3.38GB, and didn't even keep the Twitter and Facebook connections. I use Dropbox to sync documents between my machines, and it just works flawlessly without me having to worry about anything. Tried SugarSync but found that it whole files rather than changes, and would disconnect more frequently than Dropbox did, so ended up coming back.

SugarSync should technically be superior to Dropbox, but the reliability just lets it down a bit. The fact that everything has to be synced through the Dropbox folder is a bit of a pain, but aliases and Dock shortcuts completely remove that annoyance for my usage.
Atomic 13th April 2012, 20:50 Quote
I just use a VM and a disposable email on my domain to sign up with. 16GB max done in 15mins.
Sparrowhawk 13th April 2012, 22:03 Quote
Here's mine if anyone wants to be referred. http://db.tt/GUjMY0vQ
yougotkicked 13th April 2012, 23:09 Quote
big thanks for thetips, i had not realized they would grant you additional space for tasks other than referrals, I'm grabbing my camera, a 4 gig memory card, and abusing the daylights out of that photo upload bonus.
AmEv 13th April 2012, 23:51 Quote
Personally, I use Ubuntu One.

Perhaps you guys could do a review of it?
BurningFeetMan 14th April 2012, 01:58 Quote
I can't believe the author Antony didn't dive into comparisons of Dropbox with competitor products. SpiderOak is far superior to Dropbox in everyway, with the one exception of Dropbox's out-of-the-box simplicity. For anyone serious about cloud backups, file syncing and security, I insist that they move onto bigger and better applications such as Spideroak, especially considering they're just as free!!!
tonyd223 14th April 2012, 11:18 Quote
I use ubuntu one... but I also use ubuntu...
Combatus 14th April 2012, 13:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BurningFeetMan
I can't believe the author Antony didn't dive into comparisons of Dropbox with competitor products. SpiderOak is far superior to Dropbox in everyway, with the one exception of Dropbox's out-of-the-box simplicity. For anyone serious about cloud backups, file syncing and security, I insist that they move onto bigger and better applications such as Spideroak, especially considering they're just as free!!!

Key is in the title ;)
Omnislip 14th April 2012, 22:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BurningFeetMan
I can't believe the author Antony didn't dive into comparisons of Dropbox with competitor products. SpiderOak is far superior to Dropbox in everyway, with the one exception of Dropbox's out-of-the-box simplicity. For anyone serious about cloud backups, file syncing and security, I insist that they move onto bigger and better applications such as Spideroak, especially considering they're just as free!!!

Advert much?
AmEv 15th April 2012, 04:14 Quote
Seriously, though, let's do a review of Ubuntu One, and all the other sites that were mentioned.
lp rob1 15th April 2012, 16:23 Quote
+1 for Ubuntu One. 5GB of free space (in price, and effort) is hard to beat! And with direct integration in Ubuntu!
Guinevere 15th April 2012, 19:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomic
I just use a VM and a disposable email on my domain to sign up with. 16GB max done in 15mins.

How very dishonest and dishonourable of you.
Jipa 15th April 2012, 20:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomic
I just use a VM and a disposable email on my domain to sign up with. 16GB max done in 15mins.

How very dishonest and dishonourable of you.

..still an infinitely better thing to do than spamming your friends.
AmEv 15th April 2012, 22:00 Quote
LOL! to BOTH of you!


Even better in the Ubuntu native version? You can create the share link without so much as visiting the Web page!
Hg 17th April 2012, 12:46 Quote
SugarSync allows you to get upto 32gb on a free account if you invite enough friends....
Stelph 18th April 2012, 09:56 Quote
Sligh bugbear of mine but the title is incorrect, it should read

"Triple your Dropbox capacity free" or "Triple your Dropbox capacity for nothing"

Not

"Triple your Dropbox capacity for free"

For Free is Grammatically incorrect. Sorry ill go and hide under my rock again now
Atomic 18th April 2012, 11:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
How very dishonest and dishonourable of you.
http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000899201/ohyeah_answer_1_xlarge.jpeg
IT Troll 18th April 2012, 21:53 Quote
Google Drive launches next week with 5GB of free storage. Can't see dropbox lasting long.
fdbh96 18th April 2012, 21:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by IT Troll
Google Drive launches next week with 5GB of free storage. Can't see dropbox lasting long.

Dropbox will most likely increase theirs or something, because you're probably right in that very few people will choose dropbox over google.
Atomic 18th April 2012, 22:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fdbh96
you're probably right in that very few people will choose dropbox over google.
I doubt it, Google is too late to the game.

Dropbox is the clear leader at the moment and it's integrated into so many other services it won't just roll over and die.

It'll be like Google+, it's an option but people will stick to what they know already.
IT Troll 18th April 2012, 23:23 Quote
Google's user base tops Dropbox by ~250 million. They might be late but they will dominate the market.
Kronos 19th April 2012, 05:37 Quote
Using sparkyboy22's method I have,so far,increased my space to 19.4GB in just over a day and a half with DropBox still encouraging me to sign up more "friends" This AD has another day and a half to run or until I have reached my thirty quid limit which is the vouch limit given to me by those kind folk at Google.

So a great method of getting free space and thanks to sparkeyboy22 for posting this and his help with a couple of questions I PM'ed him about. Please accept some rep.
sparkyboy22 20th April 2012, 07:08 Quote
No worries. Glad to help.

If you dont max it out with the voucher you can always do it again another time. Google will send you another voucher in around a years time if you dont carry on using adwords.
digitalrainforest 20th April 2012, 13:44 Quote
Very interesting article, I'm actually wondering what your thoughts are about the upcoming Google Drive, offering 5GB of storage space? If I recall correctly, it will have some interesting extra features such as in-place editing of Google Docs files, which is a feature that Dropbox certainly can't compete with. Also, don't you have concerns about data safety and privacy when you're uploading work related (and possibly confidential) data to Dropbox?
IT Troll 23rd April 2012, 21:53 Quote
Thought I would play the Dropbox levelling game whilst I wait to see what Google Drive looks like. Currently sitting at 21.38 GB. Took just 3 hours and £9 of my Adwords voucher to get 16 GB worth of referrals. Quite ironic how effective Google has been in maximising my Dropbox space.
Andy Mc 28th April 2012, 07:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by IT Troll
Thought I would play the Dropbox levelling game whilst I wait to see what Google Drive looks like. Currently sitting at 21.38 GB. Took just 3 hours and £9 of my Adwords voucher to get 16 GB worth of referrals. Quite ironic how effective Google has been in maximising my Dropbox space.

What keywords did you use?
I tried and got nowhere with my adwords campaign.
IT Troll 29th April 2012, 09:10 Quote
I just used one very specific keyword; Dropbox

I also turned off ads for mobile devices as the desktop client needs to be installed to complete the referral.
droopy 25th October 2012, 09:59 Quote
simply try dropboxking.weebly.com and get a free 18gb dropbox
or a cheap upgrade for your existing dropbox account.
for me it works great :)
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