If you are using a free Dropbox account you know that you can increase the meager starting storage through various activities such as referring other users, enabling features such as Camera Uploads, or installing the Dropbox mobile application on your mobile phone or device of choice.
Dropbox launched the Maibox application for Android recently, and while it did not offer any storage bonus at the time of launch, it appears that the company decided to award users who link the Mailbox app to the Dropbox account with 1 Gigabyte of extra space.
If you have been using the Mailbox iOS application you know that this was the case there for some time now. What this means in effect is that you will get 1 GB of Dropbox space if you install the Mailbox app on iOS or Android, and link it to your Dropbox account in the process.
Please note that enabling Camera Uploads will get you 5 GB of storage space currently, at least when you do so on Android devices.
To check how much space you have earned so far, load the following page in your web browser of choice: https://www.dropbox.com/account#personal
Here you find all storage space rewards listed that you have earned in the past.
Let me show you how to earn the extra Gigabyte on Android
- The first thing you need to do is head over to the Google Play store and install the Mailbox app from there. You can alternatively use the Play store application if it is installed on your device to do the same. Note that it is compatible with Android 4.0.3 and newer only.
- You are automatically asked to add a Gmail account to Mailbox by entering your Google login name and password, and allowing the app access to the account.
- Once done, you may link the app to Dropbox which gets you the 1 GB of storage space.
You can unlink the application again once Dropbox lists the 1GB of extra storage on its account page. You may do so on the Account Permissions page of your Google account. Just click on this link to open it right away, or open the Google website manually, click on your account picture at the top, select account, then Security, and on that page view all under account permissions.
Note that it is not enough to uninstall the app on your mobile device, as the permissions remain unless you revoke access.
One Gigabyte of extra storage space may not look like much, but if you consider that you start with 2 Gigabyte on Dropbox, it may add up to 50% additional storage space to your account.