Are you using Dropbox, the popular free file syncing utility?
The regular free account offers 2 GB of free storage space to all users but they have many methods that users can earn even more free space, without dropping their wallet into the box. Here’s a quick how-to on how to maximize your free storage space on Dropbox.
250 MB – Getting Started
On the web interface of Dropbox, you may notice a tab called Getting Started. Did you know by completing all 6 steps listed in this tab, you are awarded a nifty 250 MB bonus? These steps are relatively simple, such as installing Dropbox, referring a friend and installing Dropbox on a second computer.
640 MB – Link Dropbox with Social Accounts
Go to this page. Each of the following will earn you an additional 128 MB of free storage space:
- Link your Facebook Account to Dropbox
- Link your Twitter Account to Dropbox
- Follow @Dropbox on Twitter (linking your account will automatically do this)
- Write a message finishing the sentence, “I love Dropbox because…”
Share that message on Facebook
- Share that message on Twitter
You don’t have to complete all of them if you don’t want to but it sure is worth the time, especially since most of these tasks are completed with one click of a button.
If you’re paranoid about giving Dropbox access to your accounts for whatever reason, you can just allow it temporarily and once you get your space, revoke the access for the Dropbox application to your account.
Note: This originally gave a total of 768 MB, but sharing a message on Facebook was removed.
500 MB – Sign-up using a Referral Link
That’s right. By signing up using someone else’s referral link, both parties will get a nifty 500 MB bonus (formerly 250 MB).
Obviously, this is too late to do if you’re already signed up, but if you are planning to sign up, do keep this in mind. This allows your account to start with 2.5 GB of free space instead of 2 GB. This bonus counts as your first referral.
The bonus is awarded after you install the Dropbox application and sign-in to your new account.
If you would like to use our referral link, please click here to sign-up for Dropbox.
500 MB – Refer your Friends!
As mentioned in the above section, referring other people to join Dropbox will allow both parties to earn a nifty 250 MB bonus. This bonus is only awarded after the new user has installed the Dropbox application on at least one computer.
As of April 4, 2012, the referral bonus is increased to 500 MB per referral for a total of 16 GB (regardless of whether or not you are a student).
500 MB Referrals – Confirm a .edu Email Address
Last month, we covered how if you own a valid .edu email address, you will be able to earn double the space for referring friends. That means for every new user you refer (as well as those you already referred), you get 500 MB of free space!
This also increases the maximum referral bonus to 16 GB. As of April 4, 2012, linking an .edu email seems to have no benefits.
Dropbox occasionally has special events, contests, and beta programs that allow users to gain even more free space.
In January 2011, Dropbox had a special contest called Dropquest. Completing each step awarded users additional free space. Completing the puzzle gave a total of 1 GB free space.
In February 2012, users were able to receive up to 5 GB of extra space by beta testing the new photo import and upload feature. The initial import gives 500 MB and for every 500 MB of photos uploaded, your account quota increases by 500 MB, up to 4.5 GB (plus the initial 500 MB for a total of 5 GB).
In May 2012, Dropbox created another Dropquest challenge. Like the previous year, completing the entire puzzle would give a total of 1 GB free space.
As of June 2012, users can receive up to 3 GB of extra space by using the camera upload feature.
Have another tip on maximizing your free Dropbox storage space? Share with us in the comments!