3 Effortless Ways to Unlock More Space on Dropbox for Free

Akshata Shanbhag 03-12-2015

You know that Dropbox referrals earn you bonus storage space: 500 MB per referral with a limit up to 16 GB. But did you know that there are other hidden ways to increase your Dropbox capacity?


1. Install Carousel: Get Dropbox’s photo and video gallery app, Carousel, for your iOS or Android device and link it to your account. That right there gives you an instant extra 3 GB of space.

Note: This doesn’t work if you have already received the designated 3 GB by turning on the Camera Upload feature from your mobile device’s Dropbox app.

2. Install Mailbox: Dropbox has a mail app Mailbox Comes To Android, But Is It Good Enough To Replace Gmail? Read More called Mailbox for mobile devices, and it’s pretty good. Install Mailbox and set it up using your Dropbox credentials to get an extra 1 GB of space. Note that Mailbox only works with Gmail.


Feel free to delete Carousel and Mailbox afterwards if you don’t like them. You won’t lose the extra storage that you have gained.


3. Dropbox Promos: Dropbox has an ongoing promotion that gives you a whopping 48 GB of free space on certain Samsung devices. It also has a special offer for specific Sony devices. These offers come with a few caveats, so read the terms that accompany any promo.

25 to 30 GB of extra Dropbox storage is nothing to dismiss offhand. It’s time to collect those bonuses from Dropbox. The best part is that you can get them with minimal effort!

Have you completed any of these steps for extra Dropbox storage? How much of it did you earn? Share the capacity of your free Dropbox account with us!

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  1. Edward Backingham
    July 25, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I actually used the website licence-activation to buy an original licence key, and it did work perfectly.?
    Thanks guys.

  2. Yokamura
    June 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Nice one GTA San Andreas hhhhhhh like he said, the website licence-activation is really good. The prices are the cheapset and the keys are original. I recommend

  3. Janette
    June 14, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks GTA San Andreas hhhhhhhh it works perfectly.

  4. San Adreas
    June 13, 2016 at 4:53 pm

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

  5. Bad news
    December 24, 2015 at 4:37 am

    "Mailbox will be shut down on February 26th, 2016,
    and Carousel will be shut down on March 31st, 2016."

    And the Samsung promotion only applies to new users:
    "Only new Dropbox users may redeem the promotion on Samsung devices launched after Fall 2014.

  6. Anonymous
    December 10, 2015 at 4:36 am

    I downloaded Mailbox, and when I opened it, it said the app was being discontinued, effective February. :-(.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      December 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Oh no :( That's too bad. It must be a very recent development, because I have used Mailbox recently (last week, I think) and I did not get any such notification.

    • Arun Kumar
      December 16, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      hi no worries its just notification.... login you will get it :)

  7. Andrew
    December 4, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I qualified for 48 GB of storage (I think with the purchase of my Galaxy S5) 2 years ago. The tow years is up in January. I refuse to pay their price for something I can get for free. A Microsoft account grants you 30 GB through One Drive. Also (because I've heard rumors that MS is dropping this to a paltry 5 GB) it is really easy now to set up an external HDD and connect it to most newer routers. Then install one of literally dozens of Android apps and start your own personal cloud service.

  8. Dacker
    December 3, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I have 8.6GB and have participated in quite a few promos since I joined in 6/2010.
    * Getting Started
    * Linking to Twitter
    * Linking to Facebook
    * Following DropBox on Twitter
    * Answering "Why you love Dropbox"
    * Posting to Facebook
    * Posting to Twitter
    * Playing their "Dropquest 2011" scavenger hunt
    * Linking with the Mailbox app
    * Bonuses for using Camera Uploads
    * Promo Coupon (I don't remember any details but it was worth 1GB!)

    I have no referrals, which are worth 250MB each, IIRC.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      December 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Even if you end up storing stuff on other cloud services, 8-9GB is pretty decent for files you use on a regular basis.

  9. Milas
    December 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    i have 25Go after activation of my HTC device, but i use less than 01Go :D i use also GDrive weach i find very usefull too.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      December 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      I have plenty of GDrive storage that I have no use for because I use a combo of Dropbox and OwnCloud. That's the thing about cloud services. If you sign up for several you could end up with more storage than you know what to do with :)

  10. Rusty
    December 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Cloud problem is much less about the gigs you can aquire to the size of file allowed to be uploaded. Buy local storage, let the cloud for real file storage die! Cloud storage is best used at smaller amounts for content back up such as phone contacts.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      December 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      I agree with your assessment, Rusty. Cloud storage is best used for limited purposes.