The Ultimate Guide to Getting Free Dropbox Space

Most of my digital activities are centered around Dropbox. I can access my documents from everywhere, share files with my friends and co-workers, quickly send somebody a screenshot and backup all the pictures from my Nexus 5 automatically. Long story short – it’s one of the best pieces of software out there.

However, most people only have 2GB of free Dropbox space, which is definitively not enough if you want to backup more than just a few documents and pictures. Luckily enough, there are some quick ways to increase the amount of free Dropbox space in just under 5 minutes.

Get 2GB of Dropbox space in less than 5 minutes

If you are one of the people who have just 2GB of available space, here’s a quick solution for you to almost double it. After you have created a Dropbox account and downloaded the desktop client visit this page and follow these steps:

  1. Complete the “Get Started” tour – 250MB
  2. Connect your Facebook account – 125MB
  3. Connect your Twitter account – 125MB
  4. Follow Dropbox on Twitter – 125MB
  5. Write a short text why you love Dropbox – 125MB
  6. Download Mailbox for iOS or Android and connect it with Gmail and Dropbox – 1GB
  7. Download the Dropbox app for iOS or Android and complete the mobile “Get Started” tour

dropbox quick increase

And there you have it. 2GB of extra free Dropbox space. But you can get a lot more.

How I got more than 40GB of free Dropbox space

40gb dropbox

Over the past few years I have accumulated 41.1GB of Dropbox space. Although I use just about a third of it, it’s still great to never worry about running out of space. This is what you can do to increase your free space:

1. Invite your friends – up to 16GB

If you share your unique link (that you can get here) with your friends, you will get an extra 500MB for each friend that signs up and installs Dropbox. You can get 16GB of space by inviting 32 people. So share it on Facebook, Twitter and install Dropbox on all your family members’ computers. You could also set up a fake Facebook account with the Dropbox logo as the profile picture, connect it with Tinder and put your link in your description *wink wink*.

2. Enable camera upload with Carousel – 3GB (not working anymore)

Update: Dropbox shut down Carousel on March 31st 2016 🙁

A while back Dropbox was giving away 5GB of free space for all those who tried a beta version of the camera upload feature. If you didn’t get the 5GB back then, now you can do the same by installing Carousel for iOS or Android and enable “Camera Upload” to automatically backup your pictures. This would give you an additional 5GB.

3. Install Mailbox for iOS or Android – 1GB

Earlier last year Dropbox has acquired the mobile startup Mailbox, a really simple and easy-to-use email application. To get your free Gig of Dropbox space simply install the Mailbox app for iOS or Android, link your Dropbox account with the app and wait for the magic to happen.

To make it clear, you don’t really need to use the app. After receiving the extra space you can go on and uninstall the app if you want to.

4. Use Dropbox on your Samsung or HTC mobile device – up to 48GB (expired)

A while back Dropbox partnered-up with Samsung and HTC for cross-promotion. So, if you own Samsung and/or HTC devices, there’s a chance that you are eligible for the Samsung promotion or the HTC promotion (click on the links to see if your device is eligible). Long story short, to be eligible for this promotion your device must have come with a pre-installed version of Dropbox.

Here’s what you can get with the HTC or Samsung promotion:

  • 3GB for one year if you have a device with HTC Sense 3.5 or 3.6
  • 23GB for two years if your device runs HTC Sense 4.0, Sense 4+ or Sense 5.0
  • 48GB for two years if your Samsung device came with a pre-installed Dropbox app

To claim your free space simply complete at least five steps from the Get Started guide if you haven’t done it already. After doing this simply wait for an email saying how much free Dropbox space you’ve earned through this promotion.

FYI, these techniques work only once per device and only once per account. So you need to be the first person to log into a Dropbox account on an eligible device, and you can only get it once. So, to all you guys with Samsung AND HTC devices – it won’t work twice.

5. Watch out for challenges

Once in a while Dropbox launches different challenges for Dropbox users. The ones I have participated in were Dropquest (a really tough one) and “Space Race” for universities. The latter, for instance, gave me an additional 15 gigs. Quite awesome.

These challenges are usually announced on the Dropbox blog. If you don’t want to miss the next Dropbox challenge make sure to like on Facebook.

6. Attend Dropbox keynotes

During his keynote at the German CeBit Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, Dropbox’ former Head of Mobile, gave away 50GB of Dropbox space to all people who attended his presentation. This is the only case I know about, but I’m sure that other speakers will likely also give away some Dropbox goodies to the audience.

7. If free space isn’t enough – Dropbox Pro 1TB

Dropbox also recently introduced its new premium plan – Dropbox Pro. Now, instead of having multiple price points with different storage volumes you have just one. With the new Dropbox Pro you will get 1TB (1024GB) of storage for just $9.99 per month. There’s no way on earth you will get so much space for free. So if you need it, buy it.

Pro tip for European users: you might have probably seen that instead of paying $9.99 you will pay 9.99 (that’s $13.11). If you are planning on spending money on more Dropbox space, simply install the free ZenMate VPN extension and change your “location” to USA! This way you will save $37.44 a year, simply by buying the US plan.

If you know any other ways to get more Dropbox space for free, please share them in the comments!

The other way – Cleaning up your Dropbox

During my time at college I have used Dropbox for all my team projects. Everything from creating project plans, editing short videos or presentations – everything was in my Dropbox. But since I was using “Selective Sync“, I didn’t see all the files I had in my Dropbox on my computer.

For those of you who don’t know, Selective Sync allows you to select the folders you would like to sync to your computer while leaving some just in the cloud. This comes in especially handy when it comes to automatic picture backups, archived files or if you have only a very small amount of storage on your computer (think low-end MacBook Air).

So, I have recently discovered, that I still had some of my very old shared project folders in my Dropbox! Turns out, that they were more than 5GB in total! Since I didn’t need them at all anymore, I simply removed the folders that I owned from my Dropbox, and left shared folders owned by others.

This way, I didn’t really increase my Dropbox space per se, but I still ended up with 5GB of additional space in just under 10 minutes. If you have been using Dropbox to collaborate on projects before, chances are that you are still subscribed to some shared folders, which you don’t need to be a part of anymore.

The latest rumor – Make your account as secure as possible

In a recent interview (June 2015), Patrick Heim, Dropbox’s head of trust and security, disclosed that Dropbox might start giving away more Dropbox space for those users, who have made the additional effort to ensure their account is as secure as possible.

That would make a lot of sense, since security is the number one challenge for the cloud storage provider.

One of the things we’re working on right now is a project we haven’t broadly disclosed yet, but it’s really to incentivise consumers to go through a security healthcheck both in terms of the authentication settings, the sharing settings, etcetera, and when they complete that they may get additional free storage space as an incentive. – Patrick Heim

Whether this happens or not, it’s always a good idea to secure your Dropbox account. In either case, make sure to create a hard to crack password (with the help of 1Password or LastPass) and enable two-step verification for your Dropbox account.

So, who knows… Maybe we will get an additional few gigs just by following best practices!

  1. Charl Asuit says

    I got the extra 23GB via HTC and just got notification that they are taking it back as the offer is only valid for 2 years.

    1. DanielBulygin says

      Are they taking it back immediately or after two years after activating it (in your case)?

      1. Charl Asuit says

        I’m coming up to the end of the two-year promotion so I will lose the 23GB soon.

    2. ddtn says

      My 48G through Samsung is set to expire after 24 months (Jan 2016).

      Unless something drastically changes between now and then (my storage habits or their pricing), I don’t plan to use that space too much (I don’t want to be cornered in to buying the space).

      1. Shannon Kish says

        I got the 48 GB when I bought my SIII, then that space expired 2 years later. I bought a Note 3 and got 48 GB again— It expires in December. It is possible, with the same account, to get this offer more than once.

    3. vineet says

      give me your dropbox referral,
      my email.

  2. ManDark says

    I got the 48 GB extra from samsung back when i bought the Galaxy S3 and the offer is going to an end and Dropbox is providing the really a lot of time ahead like 3 months or so that your space (extra space) will be removed. This will happen in my case in 30 days from now

  3. Mike Harocas says

    I used a service to expand my dropbox space. They are using referals and I have 18 Gb Dropbox free forever. It’s fantastic. Their site is

    1. DanielBulygin says

      Based on the number of upvotes I guess you’ve already maxed out your space from invites 🙂

      1. pepito42 says

        Use this link for we both to get 500Mb extra.

        1. says

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        2. says

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      2. says

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        I have 18 GB Dropbox free forever. It’s fantastic. Their site is

        >> dropboxreferral(dot)space

    2. thwap says

      If anyone’s wondering whether the above is a scam or not – I can attest to it after trying it out, since I figured you can’t go wrong with a 10 buck purchase on paypal if it looks pretty legit anyway (they can’t steal your cc # etc) – and, it is! they dutifully maxed out the 16 referrals upon me emailing my referral link to them after purchase, within about 2/3 hours! a flood of 16 emails from dropbox confirming the referrals came through :).

      I had been there and done that with my own dropbox Pro account and doing every little contest and samsung phone trick to max as much free space as possible – but for a family member’s dropbox this time round I couldn’t be bothered doing the whole ‘creating 16 dummy emails and accounts’ thing (yet again), so this site basically do it for you for ten bucks themselves. Well worth the time saving in my book!! yay.

    3. cameran39 says

      I used following service and it is only 5$. unlike most of cases where dropbox remove space earned by these services in about month (google say this), my space still remains for about 6 months.

    4. petercam says
    5. mbnm says

      Thank you Mike! I just used this site and got 18gb of space for $10!!!!

      1. Eccentric Nafi says

        ha ha…..i got it free using virtual box

        1. DanG says


          1. Alejandro Ibarra says

            create multiple VMs and use the referral link yourself with multiple mail accounts?

    6. chaoren92 says

      I can do with 3$. in 24 hours.

      1. Eccentric Nafi says

        i can get it free using virtual box in an hour

        1. chaoren92 says


        2. Niaz Morshed says

          So, your hourly rate is less than $3? I will pay you $2 for this. 🙂

    7. Joris Jaeger says

      Hey Mike! I totally back your advice. I was a bit sceptical first, but delivery was super quick, within a matter of hours (I heard some other sites take days..) I used

      1. Mei says
        1. Sandeep Raj Ghimire (Deep Sun) says
    8. dro308 says

      Please use my referral link and help us both out! 🙂

    9. usernamesareehh says

      There are gigs online which for
      FIVE dollars you can have your dropbox references MAXED out to 16GB. Here is a
      link to one: The site above charges TEN dollars!

  4. Ritchie says

    Carousel only give 3gb

    1. Vu Long Tran says

      Yep just tested this and received 3GB. Mailbox also gave me 1GB.

    2. DanielBulygin says

      Thanks a lot! Fixed!

  5. Wanda says

    Thank you so much 🙂

    1. DanielBulygin says

      You’re welcome 😉 Glad I could help

      1. Itai Hoshmand says


        i am student and i really need little more space
        i will be happy if someone will help me get some more space

        my referral

        1. Pick a name says
          1. Rens says
          2. thx says

            More ways to Getting maximum your space


          3. Dimitris says
  6. Guest says

    You also get 200MB when you download printhug to your Dropbox

    1. Guest says

      No you don’t

  7. Aleksandra says

    Very useful!

  8. Issy says

    Does this work for ipad

  9. Becky says

    I also got 48gb of extra space with my Samsung Galaxy 3 and it expires on September 14. Anyone know of a way to keep it? I bought 100gb of space and use it all the time.

  10. Fredrik says

    -1GB for Mailbox still works.
    -Carousel-bonus don´t apply if you already have autosync on the original Dropbox app (and got the bonus then)
    -Please use this link to help up my referal-bonu.s

  11. Faizan Noor says

    Awesome. I got 3GB for Carousel. Thank you Author.

  12. Marco says

    You mmust be do not know the Tencent and Baidu cloud storage.
    Baidu offers 2TB for free, while Tencent offers 10TB for free.

    1. Malli says

      It is just 2gb and 5gb and not “2TB” or “10TB”

      1. chaoren92 says

        Here is Tencent, and here is Baidu,

    2. Boon says

      Well, it is a generous offer. Only problem i have is that my knowledge of Chinese is literally non existent, so I find these sites quite hard to understand. Is there an English translation of Baidu?

      1. chaoren92 says

        Hi Boon,
        Sorry to tell you that, they do not have a English interface website, you may need to use some translation tools 🙂

    3. Hellscreamgold says

      heh – if you want to trust your data to anyplace directly in China…

      1. chaoren92 says

        I wish to know what you storaged in these service. It seems that you trust nobody.

        1. Tim says

          He didn’t say he doesn’t trust…nobody. He said anyplace in China.

          1. URANOOB says

            lol I don’t trust anyone with that weird picture in the name Chinese guy.

  13. Panayiotis says

    Use this link for 500MB extra space

  14. WooGang says

    We tried some of these recently and are not working like carousel and mailbox are no more working

  15. Shashank Sinha says

    awesome, thanks a lot

  16. Erica Malone says

    I recommend checking out this, it’s encrypted end to end online storage, they even offered a large sum of money as a hacker challenge, no one won it…. and it comes with a handy app for uploading photos etc from your phone automatically,

  17. James Harrier says
  18. Silviu Iovan says

    Free 500 MB DropBox Promo:

  19. Itai Hoshmand says


    i am student and i really need little more space
    i will be happy if someone will help me get some more space

    my referral

    1. Gary Grayson says

      If you are desperate, consider compressing all your files, that will help for a while.

  20. Tony says

    This link worked to get me .5 GB for free!

  21. Bob says

    Yeah referrals!

  22. JJpivotz says

    The first one didn’t work for me :/
    I connected dropbox with my facebook, twitter, followed dropbox on twitter.
    Nothing happened…
    I still have 2GB on Dropbox…

  23. jp says
  24. Me says
  25. WEBTELLES says

    Enable camera upload with Carousel – 3GB
    is no longer giving you 3GB.

    1. Shannon Kish says

      I did this months ago and got 2 GB, but when I downloaded it again today, it increased that amount to 3 GB.

      1. Mikey says

        Key part is that you -Verify- your email address when in Carousel App. It’ll appear at the top in a yellow-orange notification, click, verify email then 3gb will be given.

  26. Eugene Lee says

    If it helps any one, you get 500 Mb and I get 500 Mb by referral here:

    1. Sandeep Raj Ghimire (Deep Sun) says
  27. Sergio says

    I`ve got 50 GB in Dropbox, with this link:

  28. Get more space says

    I wonder how much space race thing generated and if it’s too late to add it back…

    You can also probably get more space through ad click bids, but old fashion referrals are probably safest.

    Always worth it to get that delicious extra space

  29. Angel_doeeeee says
  30. Dropbox says

    More ways to Getting maximum your space;all

    -Promo Coupon(I have some coupon codes)

    -Complete “Getting Started” (+0.25 GB)

    -Sharing in Twitter and Facebook (+0.625 GB)

    -Bonus for using Carousel(3G)

    -Link your Dropbox account with Mailbox on iOS device(+1G)

    -Get referrals (+16GB!)

  31. Alexandra says

    I need that 16GB extra. Here is my refferal link. Accept it and you will also get 500 MB free:

  32. saiaku says

    I’m a student and painfully need more space for my projects, Please help! I would appreciate it!

  33. Smith says


  34. Recent College Grad says

    Dropbox is fast and easy to use. Use to link so we can help each other get 500MB in storage space!!! Happy New Year!

  35. Recent College Grad says

    Forgot the link haha

  36. Ana Maria says

    Too bad that the storage given if logged in from a Samsung device only lasts 2 years. On the other hand, Box is a good alternative.

    My dropbox referral link is ->

  37. Mayank says

    Very well written post! 🙂


  38. beefbrothpizza says

    What if you don’t have any friends to get to sign up?

    Sites like offer temporary / disposable / no-setup email. So you can quickly invite a bunch of “friends.” Super useful for getting dropbox storage!

  39. Jerome says

    You and me get 500Mb free! 🙂
    My referral:

  40. Jason Wright says

    You can also get an additional 3 GB by simply sharing this link on your Facebook or tweeting it:

  41. Lynch68 says

    FYI – The “Space Race” promotion (8-25gb varies) ends in March 2015. Emails were sent today Feb 03 2015 warning uses that space will be removed.

  42. derwilli says
  43. Zomby2D says

    Referals remains the biggest amount you can get for free, assuming you manage to get enough people.

    My referal link:

  44. Lazy Sapper says

    Thanks. I desperately needed extended storage for my collections that I post at my site

  45. Starkiller says

    Still got a couple of free 500MB on this account, use them by signing with this link:

  46. Anna Alegre says

    Help me win an additional 500Mb extra space and you also win more 500 Mb:
    Thank you

  47. bob says

    If you want up to 40GB free and an alternative to Dropbox, then try Copy. It’s owned by Barracuda Networks, who have been selling security and cloud products to big businesses for almost a decade now. Dropbox and OneDrive are hard to trust nowadays (moreso OneDrive, with them deleting unshared/private files for copyright or nudity) for various reasons (Google is your friend).

    You can stream most of your content uploaded to your Copy drive (mp3s, mp4s, etc). The Copy desktop app allows you to paste a shortcut (.ink file) into your Copy sync folder, and Copy will automatically backup anything in that folder to your Copy drive. Think they support everything you’d most likely be using, except for Blackberry. Their Privacy Policy makes it sound like they won’t creep on you unless by court order, which is better than OneDrive (which scans everything eventually, MS is open about this), and who really knows about Dropbox with it’s troubled past and now a former NSA associate is on their board.

    You start out with 15GB, and can get 5GB per referral, up to 5 referrals. Your files are deleted after 90 days of account activity, but you’ll receive multiple emails 30 days beforehand reminding you to just log in once to reset the 90 days. If you pay, it’s 50 dollars a year for 250GB(+your free storage) and unlimited bandwidth (great for streaming your music).

    If you want to activate one of your 5 referrals, please use my referral so we both get 5GB

    Thank you for your time.

    1. bob says

      *account inactivity

      Also, the 5GB won’t activate until your 1. Confirm your email you used to sign up for Copy 2. Download their desktop or mobile app and sign in to it 3. That’s it

      You’ll need to get other people to do that for your referral too.

  48. aalex says

    In case someone needs 500 MB extra… I could really use them. Thank you!

  49. brucepea says

    Bonus code free 100GB New users Only use this Link

  50. She Daw says

    Help me in achieving the 16GB space Goal.

  51. Matthew says

    Cloud storage has become a main part of our lives, we use it for all of our files so if our devices fail, we still got our important documents, pictures, videos and more in the cloud. Get 500MB to use your data on: – Dropbox service.

  52. petamas says

    Another option to get cheap Drpbox space is to put up a Google Adwords ad with your referral link and the text “2GB free cloud storage”. It cost me ~$10 to get my 16 GB maxed out.

    If you want to help out my mother, register here:
    (I’m also running an ad, but maybe this will be faster.)

  53. Kenny says

    I’m trying to get to 16GB of Dropbox space. I got 2.5GB so far. I tried to get the Carousel bonus but it won’t install on my tablet.

    1. johnthegun says

      get the apk and install it from there. I used this for my emulator

  54. Guest says please help me get some storage will ya. thank you!

  55. nns says
  56. Great! says

    Great article!

  57. Valkyrjur says

    very complete article.

  58. KhornePony says

    Carousel is giving me 5gb while Mailbox is giving me 1gb.

  59. Mei says
    1. boardtc says

      I just did this, works great, 28GB for 6 months with acer promotion

  60. ewog says

    Dropbox requires lots of effort on your part so I wouldn’t agree. Dropbox referral is hard. You knew that! Go figure. Here is an alternative referral for Hubic and it still works, as of today at least… ….. Sign up with this link and you get 30GB signup space instead of the regular 25GB at Hubic. So that’s 30GB space with signup and additional 25GB for a total of 55Gb with additional 5 referrals. That’s massive! Good luck!

  61. Galaxy83 says

    Or you can stop using DropBox altogether and create your own UNLIMITED dropbox-like cloud storage. Checkout this tutorial:

  62. Galaxy83 says

    Or…. You could stop using Dropbox and create your own, UNLIMITED, dropbox-like cloud storage. Checkout this tutorial:

  63. Tighten says

    You can get 10GB by registering with Dropbox through the WPS office app for 3 months. I don’t see the point of getting bonus space for a few months. Do I get to keep any of it afterwards?

    1. :) says


  64. dj jazzy says
    Please help refer 🙂

  65. Yolanda says

    Please help me with my referral bonus by installing Dropbox through this link:

    1. Sandeep Raj Ghimire (Deep Sun) says
  66. Sara Abdalla says
  67. Shahzad Ahmed says

    Use this link for dropbox new account, we both get 500Mb extea bonus.

  68. Mestr Dos Torrents says
  69. Moses says
    my link to get an extra 500Mb for each of us

  70. Mahdi says .Get some space and get me some space. Thank you.

  71. Nicole says

    Here’s my referral link. It could help both of us.

  72. MJuliani says

    500Mb extra for new users!

  73. Matt07211 says

    Here’s my referal:

  74. MJuliani says

    Dropbox 500Mb extra for new members

  75. Lisa says
  76. Jason A says

    Use the dropbox link below to get 500 MB free (I will also get 500 MB). I need extra space for PhD research. So help me help you with free storage space.

  77. Erez Elias says

    does anyone know…Two years ago I bought a samsung tab3 and I got 50GB. My promotion is about to expire. If I get a new samsung phone would I get the promotion again for two years?

  78. usman says

    Kindly sign up using this code ..


  79. Rick N says

    i prefer google drive, clean and intutuive UI, 15GB free directly, no refer friend, no install fancy apps, no hassle 😀

    1. Joe says

      Google Drive is not totally cloud, you can not able to store movies and tv shows etc.

      1. manofredearth says

        Down-voted for failing so hard.
        You’re doing it wrong.

  80. SkyDiver says

    Thanks for the article. FYI: When my 48GB Samsung treat expired after 2 years, Dropbox took back 45GB and left 3GB to me as a token of appreciation (or something like that).

  81. Maxwell Purrington says

    My foolish question is: When I to to your Google site how do I “1+” you. Thank you

  82. Del says

    Why don’t you want 15 free gb by google than attract 32 people to join this shit and finally get ur 16 gb plus a little by facebook and twitter stupid shares that ur friends ignore. And what is more interesting that is dropbox inc still thinks that such trick like make prople tweet about this shit is good marketing, but it is not.

    Once i had an account and kept my stuff that mattered disappeared in an unknown direction when one wonderful day i logged into web client. All my stuff gone, it was so sad cos a kept my producing stuff. When u used dropbox i was making music and it is very irritatingly when such things happen.

    And i steel don’t have clear answer why it happen, dear dropbox team.

    Btw, i stooped making my project and i had to start make new one.

  83. says

    Yes This is very helpful Article & I used a service to expand my Dropbox space. They are using referrals and
    I have 18 GB Dropbox free forever. It’s fantastic. Their site is

    >> dropboxreferral(dot)space

  84. Night.on.the.web says

    Carousel free GBs are not available any more …. sadly …. anyone knows if they replaced it with some other bonus?

  85. Steavy Handrix says

    You can get more 18 Go of your dropbox space at licence-activation dot com

  86. Steavy Handrix says

    You can get more 18 Go of your dropbox space at licence-activation dot com

    1. Janette rosane says

      Works perfectly Steavy, thanks.

  87. phoenix6142 says

    Thank you. I’ll be sure to try some of these methods. I had no idea you could invite your friends to increase storage space 🙂

  88. Johan Winstone says

    I had 18 Go of space on my Dropbox from licence-activation dot com

  89. Ian Witt says

    Mailbox no longer exists in the iOS app store as far as I can see.

  90. 3D Walkthrough says

    The best way to get extra space is referrals. Even though there are a
    whole bunch of Dropbox users here, I’ve strictly forbidden them from
    giving you a referral link, which will get you an extra 250MB

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