“I don’t know what I would do without Dropbox!”
said one of my best friends last week who woke up to a dead laptop. Dead, as in kaput, a/k/a not coming back to life.
While that predicament would be a nightmare for anyone, my friend was almost finished with a months-long project that was due to her employer later in the week. All would have been lost, except for Dropbox. Because she saves all of her content to Dropbox, her worries were limited to fixing her computer, not recreating her project from scratch.
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What Is Dropbox
I first wrote about Dropbox a year ago in Dropbox: The Cloud + Local in Harmony. Dropbox is a free Cloud storage service that will store your documents, photos, videos, music and other digital files in the Cloud and on your computer. You can access these files from any computer and from your smartphone or tablet.
Here’s a quick video showing you how Dropbox works:
How to Get Free Dropbox Space
Since I wrote about Dropbox, readers have told me that they like Dropbox but they wish that it gave them more free space. While there are other cloud services that start you off with more free space, Dropbox is integrated with Facebook, and lots of apps and devices, making it my choice for the most useful Cloud based storage service.
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Good news! While Dropbox starts you off with only 2 GB of space, there are plenty of easy ways to earn more space. With a little effort you should be able to earn much more Dropbox space without spending a dime.
Here are some ways to increase your Dropbox space for free:
Signing Up for Dropbox
When you first sign up for Dropbox, DON’T just go to dropbox.com and sign up. Signing up for Dropbox gets you 2 GB of space for free, but you can do better. Sign up through a referral link from a friend who uses Dropbox so you and your friend can each get an extra 0.25 GB of free space.
You can use my referral link, but I have much more free space than I can use. Instead, use a link from a friend or a fellow Wonder of Tech reader who has included a link in the Comments section below.
Share Your Dropbox Link
After you sign up for Dropbox, you can get a link to share with others. When they sign up for Dropbox, each of you can get an extra 0.25 GB of free space. You can get a total of 18 GB of free space from your friends signing up through your link. Once you get your link you can share your link on Facebook and Twitter and put your link on the signature to your email, on your website, or anywhere else that people might see it.
To get your link, go to the Referrals page of Dropbox. You will see a link at the bottom that is your very own referral link. When your friends click on that link to sign up for Dropbox, you and your friends each get an extra 0.25 GB of free Dropbox space.
Leave Your Dropbox Referral Link in the Comments Section Below
You can start getting free space right now. Leave your Dropbox referral link in the Comments section below. Hint: add a helpful hint or a creative way you’ve used Dropbox to increase the chances that someone will click on your referral link. Or tell us how you use Dropbox and why extra space will come in handy for you.
Take the Dropbox Tour
Dropbox helps you get started by giving you a quick tour of Dropbox features. Even if you pride yourself in never reading instruction manuals, you should take the Dropbox tour. Dropbox will give you free space just for taking the tour. Hey, you might even learn something!
Upload Your Smartphone Photos Directly to Dropbox
When you sign into the Dropbox app on your smartphone or tablet, you’re given the option of automatically sending your photos to Dropbox. Not only can this help you share and preserve your photos, this option can get you up to 3 GB of extra Dropbox space. See Dropbox for details.
Link an .EDU Email Address
Sorry but this method of obtaining free Dropbox space is currently unavailable.
If you have an .edu email address from a university and you link that email address to Dropbox, you can double the amount of space that you get for referring friends, from 0.25 GB to 0.5 GB per referral. The bonus works retroactively – any referrals that you got before you linked your .edu email address will be increased to 0.5 GB.
Dropbox wants you to show them a little love and is willing to reward you with free space. Tweet about joining Dropbox and Like them on Facebook to get 0.125 GB of extra free space for each task.
Getting a New Phone or Tablet
Thinking about getting a new smartphone or tablet? Some come with free Dropbox space. Dropbox is offering free Dropbox space on some new HTC and Samsung phones and tablets. You can find out more information at the Dropbox website.
Paid Dropbox Space
If you become a big fan of Dropbox and need more space after you max out on your free space, you can buy additional Dropbox space. Dropbox offers:
- 100 GB for $9.99/month or $99/year
- 200 GB for $19.99/month or $199/year
- 500 GB for $49.99/month or $499/year
I wish there were an option for less space for less money, for example 50 GB of space for $4.99/month or $49.99/year. But since Dropbox doesn’t offer a paid option for less than 100 GB of space, your best bet is to load up on as much free space as possible.
Dropbox is an extremely useful tool to save your files and have them accessible from multiple devices. Make the most of Dropbox by maximizing your free space.
Have you signed up for Dropbox yet? Have you earned free space? Tell us about how you use Dropbox and share your referral link in the Comments section below!