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Dropbox is one of the best and most popular ways to share your data across multiple computers and devices, not to mention the fact that it is very easy to use. Drop a file in a folder, and it effortlessly syncs to the rest of your laptops and smartphone(s). That’s it. Sharing whole folders with friends is simple too.
But there is a price for free, and in the case of Dropbox, that’s a small amount of space to share. A free account gets you 2GB to use as you see fit, but if you don’t want to pony up $9.99 a month ($99.99/year) to get get an upgrade to 50GB 100GB, there are plenty of opportunities for free space upgrades.
Refer Your Friends To Dropbox
One of the easiest and most well known ways to add more space to your Dropbox is by referring your friends. For each friend who signs up through you, you get a bonus 500MB, and to sweeten the deal, your friend gets a cool 500MB bonus to enjoy as well. Double score!
How to Do It
To get a link to share around, head to the Dropbox referral page where you can easily invite others by e-mail, Facebook message, or even sending out a tweet. If you would like to do it the old fashioned way, there is a link you can cut & paste available at the bottom of the page.
Score: Up to 16GB (500MB / referral)
Turn on Camera Upload
With a simple setting change on your Android or iOS device, you can have all of the photos you take on your phone / tablet automatically added to your Dropbox. This is especially handy if you would like to send your photos from another device, say your laptop, later on. It also acts like a backup for your device’s photos, which is great in the case that you lose your gadget, or it gets dropped into a ravine.
You receive 500MB when you upload your first photo / video, and once you reach 500MB, you will receive an additional 500MB (up to a total of 3GB).
How to Do It
With Dropbox loaded on your device, find the settings screen and search out “Camera Upload.” Now turn on Camera Upload, and choose how you want to upload the photos, “WiFi only” or “WiFi and Data Plan”.
I would only recommend you turn on the Data Plan option if you have an unlimited data plan (or a very large one). You will also see an option to upload your existing photos and videos.
Score: Up to 3GB (500MB at a time)
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Connect Your Twitter and Facebook Accounts to Dropbox
You can get some easy credit by connecting your Twitter and Facebook accounts to Dropbox. The added benefit with this, is that you can send invitations to people via each social network, as well as send shared folder invitations by Facebook message.
How to Do It
Head over to Dropbox’s Get More Space page and click the buttons for Facebook and Twitter to connect the accounts. You may need to log in to each account for the process to go through. Once finished, click the box to follow Dropbox on Twitter for another cool 125MB.
Score: Up to 375MB (125MB x 3)
Bonus Tip: You can send Dropbox some feedback on their service and receive an additional 125MB for a total of 500MB
For those new to Dropbox, you can start it off right and sign up right here and we’ll both get an extra 500MB. Working together! In no time you can turn 2GB of free space into 21.5GB!
What do you use Dropbox for?