How to View How Much Free Space Available in DropBox
One of the most popular cloud storage services available is Dropbox, and it has been active since 2008. The free individual account starts with 2GB of secure storage space, and you can connect up to three devices to the same account. Unlike some competitors, Dropbox also allows you to earn some free space by completing its “Get Started” checklist.
No matter how much room you have, anyone can run out of storage space, especially if they frequently back things up to the cloud. Thankfully, Dropbox allows users to see how much space they have left.
Dropbox: How to See How Much Space Left
Dropbox is available on PC and mobile devices, so you can always access your backed-up files no matter where you are. Therefore, checking how much space you have left is possible using both platforms.
Checking on Android
Android users get to check their used storage space within a few taps. Here’s how to do it.
- Launch Dropbox for Android.
- Tap on the triple bar icon on the top-left corner.
- When the bar emerges from the side, you can see how much storage is used.
The data is displayed in percentages, such as “50% of 2GB used.” Therefore, you can easily find out how much is left. However, there’s no option to display the remaining space in GB or MB.
Checking on iOS
Most apps on Android and iOS from the same company tend to work the same way. Dropbox for iOS is very similar to its Android brother, but there are some minor differences.
- Launch Dropbox for iOS.
- Go to the “Recent” page then tap “Accounts” at bottom right corner.
- Find your leftover storage space beside “Space Used.”
Unlike the Android version, you can tap on the statistic and change the displayed values. Instead of a percentage, it will switch to “XXGB out of XXGB.” This layout could help you decide whether or not clearing space is in order.
Checking on Windows
After you install Dropbox on your Windows PC, it will appear on the system tray, or you can set up a shortcut on your desktop. You can usually see it appear on your system tray immediately, but it may also be hidden. In this case, you can click on the arrow beside the icons to reveal it.
Once you click on the icon, you’ll bring up a tiny window for Dropbox. Follow these steps to check your remaining storage space.
- In the Dropbox popup, click on the profile icon.
- The unclickable setting is your remaining storage space.
- Click elsewhere to close the window.
Checking on macOS
The Dropbox client has also been released for Macs. The Dropbox client is located on the menu bar as an icon on this OS.
- Click on the Dropbox for macOS menu bar icon.
- Click on the gear icon on the right side.
- You’ll see the remaining storage space in percentages as the first option.
Using the Web Version
The web version of Dropbox is probably the best option for Chromebook users or those who can’t get the client. While it’s possible to check this information, Dropbox makes it somewhat confusing for beginners. Here’s what you’ll have to do.
- Go to the official Dropbox website and log in to your account.
- Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner.
- Pick “Settings” from the menu.
- In the Settings menu, click “Plan” tab.
- Here, you can find your remaining storage space.
The page also contains extra information, such as what files are taking up your storage space. The two categories are regular files and shared files. The white is unused space.
Getting More Storage Space
Aside from deleting any files you don’t want, there’s a way to solve the issue of declining free storage capacity. Dropbox allows users to earn 250MB to their accounts by following five out of seven steps on the “Get Started” page. This free storage space will never expire.
- Take the Dropbox tour and learn
- Install the desktop Dropbox client
- Drop any files into your Dropbox folder
- Install the client on one of your other computers
- Share a folder with your friends or coworkers
- Invite several friends to join Dropbox
- Install the mobile version of Dropbox on any of your Android or iOS devices
Other than this, you can earn up to 16GB by inviting anyone you know to Dropbox. It’s already part of the Get Started page’s missions, so you can immediately kill two birds with one stone.
Here’s how it works:
- Log in to the Dropbox website.
- Click on your profile picture.
- Go to the “Settings” menu.
- Select “Plan.”
- Click on “Invite A Friend.”
- Type in a friend’s name or email address in the text box.
- Choose “Send” to give out the invites.
Alternatively, you can use one of three other methods.
- Invite any of your Gmail contacts
- Send a copied link through other methods of communication
- Share on Facebook
These three methods are buttons located under the invite page. For each friend who installs Dropbox you will be rewarded with 500MB of space, which they will also receive.
Note that if you have a Dropbox Pro account, the number jumps from 16GB to 32GB. If one friend actually signs up, they get 1GB extra every time.
A third method is to submit feedback. This trick will let you get an additional 125MB.
- Navigate to this page.
- Click on “Tell Us Why You Love Dropbox.”
- Type the reason why you enjoy using Dropbox.
- Submit the answer and get 125MB immediately.
Get Dropbox Business for Free
While not a permanent solution, you can sign up for Dropbox Business and take advantage of the 30-day free trial. It gives you a large amount of space that you don’t truly have to pay for. By canceling the free trial before it expires, you lose nothing in the end.
- Log in to your Dropbox account.
- Head to this page.
- Click on the Advanced trial plan.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Start your free trial.
At this point, you can start uploading as many files as you want to your Dropbox account. Try to have everything done before the trial expires.
If you’ve finished using Dropbox Business, follow this set of instructions to downgrade.
- Log in to Dropbox.
- Click on your profile picture.
- Go to the “Settings” menu by clicking on the option.
- Head to “Plan.”
- Select “Manage Plan.”
- Cancel your trial.
- Select “I Still Want To Downgrade.”
- Provide a reason for doing so.
- You’re now back to a personal Dropbox account.
Your card won’t be charged when you cancel the free trial, though you won’t be able to take advantage of the unlimited space anymore.
Can you view Dropbox file sizes?
Yes, you can. When you locate a file, it will show the size under the “Size” column. If it doesn’t appear, hover your cursor over the column headers. The data will appear after clicking the arrow.
Can you earn Dropbox space?
Yes, it’s possible to earn free and permanent space on your Dropbox account. The methods listed above will help you get at least 16GB of space. Dropbox also occasionally gives out promotion codes that grant extra space.
However, these promotional codes usually only last 12 months after you activate them.
Is it possible to get free Dropbox space without referrals?
Yes, but you only get 250MB at most if you complete the Get Started requirements. The only other way is through promotions.
What is Dropbox available on?
You can get Dropbox clients on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS devices. Otherwise, you can use the web version on non-supported devices.
Time to Ask Some Friends
By checking how much storage space you have left on your Dropbox account, you can prevent overfilling the cloud. The service makes this process easy for users to perform, even if the web version is the exception. Then, you can either start deleting files for more space or refer friends to get extra permanent storage.
Do you think Dropbox gives free users enough space? What Dropbox plan do you prefer using? Let us know in the comments section below.