Writing an article in 2018 to introduce Dropbox may seem strange to many. I first wrote about Dropbox here when I created my own account—in 2010. But I find that just because something has been around a while doesn’t mean everyone knows about it. Technology news tends to focus on what’s new. So, if you don’t find out about something early, it’s easy to miss out altogether.
In the last post, we began a discussion about data backup using OneDrive or iCloud. Dropbox is a service that works on all platforms.
The symbol of being “with it” used to be…
The symbol of being “with it” used to be a flash drive around your neck. Put your most commonly-accessed information on that flash drive and you had it no matter where you were.
But what if you forgot your flash drive? That’s exactly what was happening to Drew Houston during his days as an MIT student. So, he founded “Dropbox” in 2007.
The idea was simple. Create an account. Download the Dropbox software to your computer. Go to your other computers. Log into your Dropbox account and download the Dropbox software there as well. Download the Dropbox app to your mobile devices.
Remember, 2007 was the great frontier of mobile devices. BlackBerry was going strong. The iPhone would debut that year. Android would follow a year later. Plugging your flash drive into your mobile phone was not an option. With Dropbox, it also wasn’t needed. Put something in the Dropbox folder on your computer, and it became available from all your devices. If your computer crashed, buy a new hard drive, log into your Dropbox account, and all your data comes right back.
Create your own account for free
To get started, watch this video. You could create an account by going to Dropbox.com…but don’t do that. If you did, you would get 2 gigabytes of free storage. But there’s a way you can create an account and get 2.5 gigabytes instead.
Here’s how it works. Find a friend who already has Dropbox. Have your friend go to Dropbox.com/referrals. Your friend can enter your email address. You’ll get an email invitation. Click the link, and it walks you through creating an account. You get the extra storage 2.5 gigabytes. There’s more good news. Your friend gets an extra 500 megabytes of storage.
Don’t have a friend with a Dropbox account? Use this link: https://db.tt/GLksflLoar. The URL is case-sensitive. If you enter it correctly, you’ll see a page telling you that you have been invited to Dropbox. Complete the information. You get the 2.5GB. The link happens to be my wife’s referral link. She will also get 500MB.
Guess what? Once you have an account, you can earn more free storage. Going to Dropbox.com/referrals allows you to invite others. Each person who creates a Dropbox account with your invitation earns 500MB for you. Dropbox allows you to earn 18GB of free storage through his method.
Pictures…an extra benefit
Download the Dropbox app on your phone and log into your account. You’ll see a great option. If you desire, each time you take a photo on your phone, it will go into a folder within Dropbox. Now, your photos are not just on your phone. They’re also in Dropbox. They’re also synced with all your devices. And, they’re on the Dropbox server. That last part is especially good news.
Dropbox’s one and only job is to keep your data backed up. They do that job well. Never worry about losing your pictures should you lose your phone. Plus, if you run out of space on your phone, you can delete pictures. You still have a copy in Dropbox.