How-To Map Your Free 50GB Account As a Network Folder in Windows

Coinciding with the launch of iOS 5, is offering free 50GB accounts. This capacity can also be applied to existing free accounts. Unlike Dropbox, doesn’t offer a desktop sync tool. Using WebDAV, you can map your account as a folder on your Windows PC.

If you don’t have a account yet, sign up for one on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via the app.


After signing up for, click the Start and open the Computer directory.

start menu computer windows 7

Windows Explorer opens. Right-click and empty area and select Add a Network Location from the Context Menu.

right-click and add a network location

The Add Network Location Wizard Starts. Click Next.


In the next screen of the wizard, click Choose a Custom Network Location. If you don’t see this option, just click Next.


In the Internet or Network Address field type:


Wait a few seconds, and a login window will appear. Type in your username and password. Check Remember My Credentials and click OK.
enter credentials

Next window gives your folder a name. Click Next.

name your network map

In the final step of the wizard, make sure Open This Network Location When I Click Finish is selected. Click Finish.

complete add network location wizard

Once the mapping is complete, the folder lives in the Computer and Network directories as a location. Open it up and use it like you would any folder on your computer. One caveat is the 100MB file size upload limit still applies. mapped as a network drive in windows

In my tests, this method doesn’t work as fluidly as other services like Dropbox. Even though it works a bit slower, it’s nice to have an easy way to get files in



  1. johnl

    Thanks for this. I wonder why do this offer for Apple products, HP Touchpad and the Blackberry Playbook but not for any form of Android device or Blackberry phones?

  2. Chris

    sign up for one on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch by downloading the app. (free 50GB a/c)
    I don’t have a iPhone, iPad or iPod (no Apple device) what options have I ?

  3. ndac

    But is there a way to map multiple accounts simultaneously?

  4. John

    I found you can use multiple accounts but only two. one account the other account.

    I’ve already tried .org which is also owned by Box but it doesn’t work.

    P.S. I also use Create Syncronicity to backup my “My Docs” daily to my box account.

    • Stefan

      Hi John

      regarding your PS: how do you get Create Syncronicity to access your box account? I’d like to do this as well but cannot figure it out. Thanks a lot…………..Stefan…………….

    • /V

      Use a service like to remap to a new address

  5. Rodrigo Silveira

    Awesome tip! I was just about to stop using because there was no free sync. I couldn’t see the point of them giving away 50 Gb with no way to sync. This solves that, at least for me.

  6. Jay

    The exact opposite of a lot of people here apparently, I’m an android with a Mac (dont shun me, it was a freebie) Is there anyway of doing the same with Mac? have been looking for a while, not finding much

  7. Sriinvas Kishan

    Eventhough this is little bit slow, I really love this. Is there anyway we can map a network drive for skydrive and dropbox?


  8. scratch

    @Jay : Go to Finder, click the Go menu and click Connect to Server. Restart your mac, and it is Ok! ;)

  9. Michele

    It didn’t work for me, I must be doing something wrong.
    When I do this: “In the Internet or Network Address field type:”
    a pop up window says the address is not valid :/

    what can I do to fix it?

    • Michele L Garcia

      it still doesn’t work :/

  10. Big T

    Thanks for the fantastic tip!! You rock, Austin!!!

  11. Chris

    Could I SkyDrive be a Network Drive too…..

  12. Matthew Armytage

    awesome, thanks!!

    • Steve Krause

      You bet and welcome to groovypost!

      Sent from my Mobile

  13. beastobadness

    Simplicity is key, this is a fantastic workaround. Awesome!!!!

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