Dropbox's Free Storage Plan Now Limited to Three Devices

Dropbox users who have a free Dropbox account are now limited to using that account on a total of three devices, according to new information added to the Dropbox website and spotted on Twitter (via The Verge).

Dropbox says that as of March 2019, "Basic" users, which is the free tier, can add their account to three devices. Dropbox users who already have their account attached to more than three devices can keep them linked, but there will be no way to link additional devices when over the three device limit.


There has long been a free tier for Dropbox users, with no restrictions other than available storage space. The new three device limit will make Dropbox's free service less appealing to users, though it could spur upgrades.

To get unlimited device syncing, Dropbox users will now have to upgrade to a "Plus" or "Professional" Dropbox account. Plus is priced at $9.99 per month for 1TB of storage, while Professional costs $19.99 per month for 2TB of storage. There are discounts available when purchasing a yearly plan, however.

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27 weeks ago
Six months ago I switched from Dropbox.com to Sync.com and I've been very happy with the change. Sync uses end-to-end encryption on everything they store (Dropbox doesn't) and Sync has no knowledge of what they're storing for you (Dropbox does). Their free plan is 5GB with unlimited devices. Plus all Sync's servers are in Canada so they're beyond the reach of US government snooping. To be clear I'm just a casual user and I'm not storing anything bad, but companies are either serious about protecting the privacy of their customers or they're not. Sync definitely is.
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27 weeks ago
Sad to say it then, but bye Dropbox! Desktop, laptop, phone, tablet, so I’m already excluded.
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27 weeks ago
Considering Office 365 Home is the same $99/year as the cheapest Dropbox plan, but offers 1TB for 6 people instead of 1, plus Office apps for those 6 people and a bunch of other things, including smart syncing (they call it files on demand) which dropbox doesn't offer unless you double up to the pro plan at $199/year, guess it's time to move on from Dropbox.
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27 weeks ago
Drop box is over priced compared to other services like OneDrive and Google Drive. This just makes it easier for me to not go with DropBox.
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27 weeks ago

What’s wrong with 1Password being cloud based?


I think he's trying to say since 1Password went cloud-based he has no need to use Dropbox for syncing.
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27 weeks ago

Drop box is over priced compared to other services like OneDrive and Google Drive. This just makes it easier for me to not go with DropBox.


one drive and google drive are both associated with particular software vendors with their own interests at heart. Dropbox is independent. I think I will pay a little bit more for that assurance. I also like the feature set of dropbox, but I see your point.
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27 weeks ago
This doesn't actually affect me, but if dropbox offer some kind of middle of the road pricing for less than 1TB I'd be more likely to upgrade, but I don't need 1TB of cloud storage. I need like 50-100GB, and I'm not paying for space I'm not going to use.
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27 weeks ago
I get that they gotta keep profitable and that may mean protecting against abusers but they’re eliminating themselves as an option entirely for a lot of people. Having more than 3 devices is pretty common in this day and age. I have an iPhone, 2 Macs, and juggle 2 different iPad sizes depending on where I’m taking them.

If you can’t access your data on all your devices, then Dropbox loses a lot of its appeal.

Luckily for iOS users iCloud Drive has not only been incredibly stable and reliable, it is starting to fill in the features that were missing from Dropbox, like sending a file via a link. Automatically mirroring all the data on all your devices is also very appealing.

I’ve been thinking of removing my last remaining files from DropBox and now I have a good reason to.
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27 weeks ago

I get that they gotta keep profitable and that may mean protecting against abusers but they’re eliminating themselves as an option entirely for a lot of people. Having more than 3 devices is pretty common in this day and age. I have an iPhone, 2 Macs, and juggle 2 different iPad sizes depending on where I’m taking them.

If you can’t access your data on all your devices, then Dropbox loses a lot of its appeal.

Luckily for iOS users iCloud Drive has not only been incredibly stable and reliable, it is starting to fill in the features that were missing from Dropbox, like sending a file via a link. Automatically mirroring all the data on all your devices is also very appealing.

I’ve been thinking of removing my last remaining files from DropBox and now I have a good reason to.


I have been using DropBox for years but have slowly removed most of the stuff I keep stored there. Only things left are a couple of folders that I share with other people. Everything else I have on iCloud. I'm still holding out hope that we get the ability to share whole folders in iCloud Drive so I can stop using DropBox completely.
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27 weeks ago
The free users are costing Dropbox money, so all the users saying they won't use Dropbox now because of this actually help Dropbox provide a better service. But agreed, $9.99 is very expensive. $99 a year with Office 365 gives me 5? 6? accounts with 1TB and each an Office Suite install. OneDrive is feature packed and works great (Google Drive like collaboration for Word documents).

That said, I pay for iCloud and Office 365 so I can't justify Dropbox. I used to use it for years back in the day and really liked it. Like others say, there is little reason to go out of my way to pay for it.

Biggest gripe I have with iCloud - no selective syncing, no shared folders... several others.
OneDrive is not bad but few people I know use it.

My wife uses Dropbox because a lot of colleges still use it / require it. Sucks when professors share large folders because it counts against her storage. Not a fan of how Dropbox counts that storage.

I use iCloud for personal data storage and OneDrive for work.
My wife uses iCloud for personal / work and Dropbox for work.

Love iCloud's 2TB for $9.99/mo.
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