Cloud storage is a relatively newer concept but millions of people have adopted it over the course of last couple of years. Cloud offers many advantages to individuals and even organizations; people can store their data on cloud without worrying about the physical storage limitation. It also offers mobility and portability as users can access their files from wherever they want and on which ever device they want. There are numerous cloud storage services and Dropbox is one of the most popular ones.
Although Dropbox has been facing competition from other cloud storage services backed by tech giants like Google and Microsoft but it has managed millions of users all over the globe because of its easy to use service. Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage to every user and you can buy additional storage via monthly or annual subscription. One of the best things about Dropbox is its award program.
Dropbox offers additional free storage to users for a number of tasks; for example, when you install Dropbox app on Android device and link your account with that app, you get 300MB of free storage. Every referral gives you additional 500MB of storage for free and unlike many of the other services, that referral doesn’t have to be a paid one. In other words, you can refer Dropbox to your friend and he can create a free account, and you’ll get additional storage.
You can send referrals to other people via email, social media and even message. You can ‘earn’ up to 16GB of storage via referrals which is enough for individual user. Although you can use Dropbox exclusively via their website but the desktop software is way powerful and easier to use than the website alone. Dropbox is available for all major desktop and mobile platforms including Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. You can download their software and app from official website or from relevant app store for free.
After downloading the Dropbox software on your desktop computer, you can install it and link it to your Dropbox account. The software asks you to select your desired destination for Dropbox folder. You can create sub-folders and put files in that main Dropbox folder and those files will automatically upload to the cloud. If you have install Dropbox on multiple computers then the service will automatically sync all of those linked devices. For example, if you create a file in one computer then Dropbox would automatically sync all of the attached computers and the same file would appear in every computer.
The same goes for deletion too but you don’t have to worry about deleting a file accidently because Dropbox keeps record of every deleted file and folder that you can recover whenever you want. You can select specific folders exclusively too that means you can sync particular folders on one computer if other folders are not needed on other computers. Dropbox mobile app works differently; if does not download all files and folders automatically but users can do that manually.