How to Get an Additional 16 Gigs of more Free Dropbox Space

We recently talked about an excellent freeware data backup/sync service called Dropbox. As mentioned in the write-up, the free account on Dropbox gives you only 2 Gigs of free space, which you can sync across all your computers (PC/MAC). Although that’s pretty good, tonight, I’m going to show you a few quick ways to get even more free space.

To start off, the first tip is to sign up using a referral link from a friend like me. This action will automatically score you and your friend your first 250 MB bonus. The bad news is, if you already signed up through just a regular site, then you might have missed out on that one. Don’t worry too much about that, however, as you can still get up to 8-10 Gigs total through a few other ways that I’ll show ya next.

The Quick Way To Get an extra 500 MB of Dropbox space

Once you’ve created your Dropbox account, log in to the Dropbox website and click the Getting Started tab. From here you’ll see a list of six steps to complete along with some instructions on the left. Just go through and click each one and make your way through them.

Dropbox screenshot - how to get 250mb extra fast

Once you’ve completed five out of six of the steps, you get a reward of an extra 500 MB of free storage space for your Dropbox account.

Dropbox screenshot - 250mb space quickly rewarded

How to Get Up To 16 Gigs of Free Storage Space With Dropbox

The main way to increase your free Dropbox storage space is actually Step 6. When you refer a friend to Dropbox, and they register and install it, Dropbox will give you an extra 500 MB of storage up to 16  GB of bonus space. Dropbox will also give your friend a 500 MB storage bonus for being referred by you to sweeten the deal even further. It’s a win-win situation.

Dropbox screenshot -earn space by inviting friends

There are two different methods you can use to invite people.

Option A

The first is relatively straightforward. Dropbox gives you a unique referral link you can post on a website, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. When someone signs up with Dropbox through your referral link, then you both get a reward.

Note: Here’s my link.

Dropbox screenshot -invite friends on twitter and facebook

Option B

The second way is to retrieve your Internet email contacts. Dropbox can sync up with your contacts lists from many of the popular online email accounts, and then you can send out a mass spam email inviting everyone you know. Option C on the Dropbox website is the same as Option B; you just have to manually type in the emails you want Dropbox to send on your behalf.

Dropbox screenshot -many ways to share your invites to dropbox

Have fun on your quest to attain the full 10 Gigs of free space. It’s a fantastic service, and I’m sure you will appreciate the need for the whole 10 Gig once you get it going.



  1. shockersh

    June 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I have 3.5GB total and counting. ;)

    • Paul K

      December 8, 2011 at 6:26 am

      You can do the same thing on SpiderOak, but it’s 1GB per referral and you get up to 50GB for free (instead of 250MB and 8GB as with Dropbox)

      Signup with this link and start with 3GB instead of 2GB:

  2. Boni

    August 19, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Still waiting someone signup from my referall link… hehe.. :)

  3. Anon

    November 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Here is another referral link for new users:

    • MrGroove

      November 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

      Shameless ;)

  4. Bob

    January 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    You get an extra 250MB when starting with my referral link, and I get 500MB:

    Why 500MB? Because I registered as a student with an email address that ends in .edu. Once you register, you can do the same thing here:
    The account you register with does not have to be a .edu account, but you do have to verify that you check the .edu with a confirmation email. If successful, each of your referrals counts for 500MB, and you can add 16GB instead of 8GB!

    If you appreciate the help, again feel free to use my link:

    • mak8228

      April 17, 2011 at 5:37 am

      hey Bob, is the free dropbox space for good? Thanks!

      • Paul K

        November 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

        Yes, it is. Even after your .edu address stops working.

  5. MrGroove

    January 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Note – If your going to post a comment with a link to your dropbox referral just know I’m going to delete it. Doesn’t add any value to the comment thread.

    Nice try tho. ;)

  6. N45HcH

    April 4, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Hey you.
    Yes, I mean YOU!
    Just decided to start to use Dropbox?
    Wise decision!
    Here, take this referral link and start boxing:

    You will have so more much time to spend for the things you love.. I hope ;)

  7. Tony Porto

    July 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

    With the exception of referring others, it seems you have to do the getting started steps right when you sign up. I tried to go back & do it and no go, option no longer there. Just a heads up

    • Paul K

      November 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      It’s still an option. When you sign into the Dropbox website it puts you on the “Files” tab. Click “Getting Started” and you can complete the steps. I waited 2 weeks before I completed mine.

  8. Mark

    October 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Free 2.25 GB bonus Dropbox space if you sign up here:

  9. Vitor Hugo

    October 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I have 8.5GB at now. But my freespace is only 1 GB.

    Sign up for help me:

  10. Jens

    November 3, 2011 at 1:15 am

    And another referral link to start getting a new dropbox account with 2,25 GB instead of 2 GB.

    Thanks a lotand have fun with dropbox.

  11. Matt

    November 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm


  12. Jobs

    November 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Get 2.25GB free.

  13. jhon

    November 9, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Sign up to get FREE dropbox space:

  14. Jan

    November 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

  15. Jan

    November 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Please sign up suing this link to get 2.2gb of storage

  16. cl10k

    November 23, 2011 at 11:56 pm

  17. Marc

    November 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    If you could be interested, i saw 10 GB free accounts in ebay at 10 $

  18. sho

    December 8, 2011 at 5:45 am

    get 2gb and 256mb of extra space free

  19. dylean

    December 19, 2011 at 5:07 am

    please use this one and you may get extra 500MB .

    • Paul K

      December 19, 2011 at 7:45 am

      You must have a student account? You’ll get 500MB for the referral, but the person who clicks your link will only get 250MB UNTIL they go to and register their school email address, after which all their 250MB bonuses will turn into 500MB bonuses.

  20. ela

    December 23, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Sign up to get 2GB more

  21. tot

    January 3, 2012 at 12:29 am

    My drop box invitaion link is . Use it and get free 250 MB space

  22. ap

    January 7, 2012 at 4:19 am

  23. iguain

    January 8, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Get 5gb free space on Dropbox:

  24. Bliss

    January 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Try the new referral system:

  25. noname

    February 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Hi guys, if you really want more space, I can offer you +16 GB (you will give me just your referal link)
    So 16 GB = 16$ (PayPal) one-time

    more info skype: rootboard

  26. Speak

    February 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    This really works !!!

  27. Zwets

    April 9, 2012 at 12:36 am

    The amount just doubled to 500mb!!! Here is my link:

  28. Brit

    April 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Dropbox is GREAT! Use this link and you’ll get additional storage space!

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