How To Get The Most Free Space On Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive & More – The Complete Guide

Chris Hoffman 13-03-2013

Cloud storage services offer a minimum amount of free space to everyone who signs up, but you can often get more. You can upgrade your cloud drive with gigabytes and gigabytes of free space in a few easy steps, often just by referring friends to your service of choice.


The free space you can get using these methods doesn’t expire. You’ll have the space forever – or at least until the service decides to take it away or close its doors. For maximum free space, use multiple services and rack up free space with each. You could have over 100GB of free space if you took advantage of all the offers here.


Dropbox Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of For many advanced computer users, Dropbox is the premiere cloud-based storage and sharing document service. It has replaced the Documents folder on my Mac, and is the primary way I sync files between my devices.... Read More starts you out at 2GB of free space, but generously allows you to earn over 20GB more without spending a dime. Consult Dropbox’s Get more space page for a list of ways you can land some more free space.

  • Refer Friends: Refer friends to Dropbox and you’ll get an additional 500MB of free space every time someone creates an account after following your referral link. You can earn a maximum of 16GB this way.
  • Camera Upload: Enable the Camera Upload feature on your phone or computer to automatically upload photos you take to Dropbox. If you do, you’ll get up to 3GB of free space.
  • Social Media: You can earn 125MB each for connecting your Facebook and Twitter accounts to Dropbox, following Dropbox on Twitter, and giving Dropbox your feedback.
  • Take the Tour: If you never took the getting started tour when you created a Dropbox account, you can take it now for a free 250MB of space.
  • Participate in Scavenger Hunts and Beta Tests: Dropbox has run “Dropquest” scavenger hunts where users can earn free space by solving puzzles (or just looking up a walkthrough online). They’ve also given away 5GB of space to users who participated in beta testing new features. Keep your eyes peeled for future scavenger hunts, beta tests, other events, and new features.

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Microsoft’s SkyDrive doesn’t offer a referral program or another way to earn free space at the moment. However, it does come with 7GB of space by default – more than Google Drive and Dropbox offer.

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Google Drive

Google Drive doesn’t have any sort of referral program, so you can’t get additional free space. You’re stuck with the standard 5GB unless you want to pay for additional storage. However, some files aren’t counted to your space limit.

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Ubuntu One

Ubuntu One Ubuntu One: An Unknown But Worthy Contender In Cloud Storage Just a little over a week ago, a lot of news was made in the world of personal cloud storage, where Dropbox added more sharing features, SkyDrive introduced their new synchronization application for desktops, and... Read More includes 5GB of storage space for all accounts. Like Dropbox, Ubuntu One offers a referral program.

  • Refer Friends: You can get an additional 500 MB for each person you refer, up to a maximum of an additional 20GB. That’s a total of 25GB you can get for free. Log into your account on the Ubuntu One website to get your referral link.

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Box currently only offers 5GB of space for free, but they’ve offered some huge amounts of free storage in the past. Box has given away 50GB free Offers 50GB Lifetime Upgrade For All Android Users [Update] Read More to iOS and Android users who downloaded the Box iOS or Android app. Box has also offered 25GB free to users that downloaded the desktop PC synchronization app. However, these deals are no longer available. If you snagged a deal while it was available, you’ll still have that massive 50GB (or 25GB) of free space.

If you’re a Box user craving more free space, stay tuned for future deals – you just may pick up 50GB of space and put the other services here to shame in raw numbers. However, Box is a more limited service and restricts files you can store to 250MB each. It’s not as flexible as other services, so that 50GB will be more difficult to use.

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Other cloud storage service providers like SugarSync SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service File backup is not a new conversation or topic by any means. If you search Google for “file backup” you will likely be overwhelmed by services and articles on the topic. It is a vast... Read More may offer their own referral programs and other ways you can earn free storage space. Check your provider’s website for more information if you’re using another service.


How much free storage space have you earned? Leave a comment and compare your accomplishments!

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  1. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Valuable blog post - I Appreciate the specifics ! Does someone know if my company could access a template 2011 IRS 4562 form to type on ?

  2. Anonymous
    July 15, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I was giving up Dropbox. Then I used service and increase my free Dropbox space from 2 gb to 18 gb. Now it's enough for me :)

  3. Leo
    February 24, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Just found Expandrive via Stacksocial! :) Helps me use all of the free cloud storage as USB drives (meaning, they don't have to have a folder in my computer)


  4. Nick
    June 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    For more dropbox space just Google "Imgigz Dropbox". I have 22gb now =)

  5. Nick
    June 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    For more dropbox space just Google "imgigz dropbox". I have 22.5gb now :)

  6. null
    April 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I use SkyDrive with two accounts: one with standard app and another one with syncDriver for SkyDrive from here It give me 7+7=14GB for free.

  7. Ramesh Krishna
    March 19, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Awesome ways to get more space from dropbox

  8. Shannon Thomas
    March 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    With Otixo, you can pull these and more cloud storage services into a single app so you have one big cloud hard drive for all your files. It's like your Finder or Windows file explorer for all your files online.

  9. null
    March 18, 2013 at 7:31 am

    You need to check that your info is up-to-date, not just link to old posts - Microsoft has screwed their existing SkyDrive customers -

  10. Home Less
    March 17, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I love cloud :)

  11. LD
    March 17, 2013 at 3:25 am

    I have way more cloud storage space than I use.

    Dropbox 78.73 GB (not paid for)
    Skydrive 25 GB
    Box 50 GB
    Drive 5 GB

  12. CK Luther
    March 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    ADrive still has 50 GB free and Media Fire too.

  13. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    March 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I have 2.9 GB in my Dropbox. None of the bonus is from referral. People I know in the internet already use it, and people I know IRL are not interested.

  14. Jackson
    March 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for that info!! I din't know i could get all that space for free.

    • ixshr
      March 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Just wait for Dropbox's event like Spacerace event.. and you will get more, more and moorree gigabytes.. seriously.. I missed that event.. damn it

  15. Giorgio
    March 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    you should also consider a new kid in town. COPY! It's a new cloud storage service starting from 10GB FREE here: but hurry up before they drop this generous launch offer Copy is from Barracuda networks, a reliable network appliance and security company coming into data storage. it seems like a better setup to me; as long as it is not a proof of concept, I think it will last

  16. Keith Swartz
    March 15, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Google Docs RULE! It is the BEST!

  17. Garris Rago
    March 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Didn't know about any of these! Currently in the process of moving as much of my files as possible to cloud services, this will surely help, thankyou!

  18. ixshr
    March 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I didn't know when Dropbox had Spacerace event.. when my friend told me about that, it was already over.. @#%$%$!!! RAGE!!!

  19. Arron Walker
    March 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Currently got 7.9GB of Dropbox available, only using a third right now. Still trying to refer more though, you never know when it'll come in handy

  20. Grr
    March 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. The article talks about the stuff which have been already covered here couple of times.

  21. Scutaru Razvan
    March 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Love Dropbox :X

  22. Richard Borkovec
    March 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Just got some free storage space in Dropbox because of this, thanks! I also grabbed that 50GB of free Box storage, and had two Hotmail accounts set up before the deadline, so both of those have the 25GB of storage.

  23. macwitty
    March 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I have at the moment 24 GB on my private free Dropbox account (have a paid for work) after referrals, been a "guru", Dropquest, participated in thing on their blog. Nice space. Sugarsync is a bit more generous with referral space and I now have 44 GB there. This is my main sync services. Have also signed up for Box when 50 GB was offered, Skydrive .. but use them mostly for a second backup for files or photos

    There is a new service out there They also offere referral and bonus when sign in using a referral link. Check put e.g. twitter for referral links if you want to join.

  24. Alejandro Ruete
    March 14, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I even got 48Gb extra for one year when connecting my Samsung GalaxyTab2 to Dropbox.

  25. Ame
    March 14, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Sony has extended their bonus of free 50 GB at Box to customers until the end of 2013.

  26. Nevzat Akkaya
    March 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Great article, many thanks, bookmarked!

  27. SaikatBasu
    March 14, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I may be wrong but Dropquest could be an annual feature. Last year's one offered 100GB of free space to the grand winner and 1 GB to all finishers. Of course, it wasn't easy as a walk in the park :)

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      It's annual, and insanely hard if you don't set some time aside to do it.

  28. IsharJay
    March 14, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I use few cloud services, I'm glad I was able to secure 25GB of Skydrive.

    • Kenzie M
      March 14, 2013 at 5:29 am

      Same here. Although I don't use my Skydrive as much, I'm just glad to know I have 25GB just waiting to be useful, lol.

  29. Brian Burke
    March 14, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I like Dropbox the best by far, but I'm considering dropping it for Box because I have 50. I don't want to switch, but I only have 13 on DB and I'm getting close.

  30. Peter
    March 14, 2013 at 12:53 am

    MEGA gives 50GB free it's very fast and modern. Even with non-US servers files I can download 2.1MB/s maxing out my ADSL 20MBPS internet connection. Works great as an additional backup for less critical files go with Dropbox but use both (a backup for a backup)

  31. Peter
    March 14, 2013 at 12:53 am

    MEGA gives 50GB free it's very fast and modern. Even with non-US servers files I can download 2.1MB/s maxing out my ADSL 20MBPS internet connection. Works great as an additional backup for less critical files go with Dropbox but use both (a backup for a backup)

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      I wouldn't trust it with critical files. Dotcom doesn't have a very good reputation around.

  32. Richard Steven Hack
    March 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Box just offered 50GB back on February 12 or 13. I grabbed it! :-)

    Really, unless you're shipping a hard disk to a service to have them load your files, anything over 25-50GB is about all you can use at DSL speeds for uploading. And that will take God knows how long to load.

    I have 1.5TB of files so only critical stuff will eventually be uploaded to the services I have. I have Google Drive, SkyDrive, and a couple others to use as well as Box. so I probably have a total of around 70-75GB available.

    • ReadandShare
      March 14, 2013 at 12:33 am


      I really hate people gloating about past deals and sales and whatnot's! I could use a 20GB free account. I am so jealous... Sigh...

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        March 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        I got 25GB from Fetchnotes and Box promotion. They didn't say there's time limit, so try to visit Fetchnotes blog to see if you're still eligible.

        • ReadandShare
          March 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

          Thanks for the pointer -- I gave it a try -- set up at Fetchnotes and accessed Box from there -- but alas, only 5GB for free. Oh well... next time...

  33. Julian Altshul
    March 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    If you buy a Galaxy Note 2 (on the 3 Network in the UK, at least) it comes bundled with 50GB of free Dropbox storage - in addition to any storage you already have. The catch? You get the free space for 2 years. After that, Dropbox must be betting that most people will have filled lots of the free space and will choose to pay up, in order to keep it. I probably will, when my trial period runs out. I currently have 59GB of free space, and I've filled nearly 33% of it.

    Does anyone know if this bonus is available with the Note 2 in all countries and with all carriers, or this a very specific deal?

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Specific. We don't get the promotion here.

      • Dinidu Perera
        March 20, 2013 at 2:56 am

        I don't think it's region specific, but there were some carriers (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) that asked to not be included in the promotion. I'm on T-Mobile in the US and I got the 48 extra GB.

  34. Max
    March 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Didn't know docs didn't count in your storage limit! Thanks for that info!