Dropbox's Free Storage Plan Now Limited to Three Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Article Link: Dropbox's Free Storage Plan Now Limited to Three Devices
  2. fawntugboat macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2018
    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.
  3. richard4339 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2006
    Sad to say it then, but bye Dropbox! Desktop, laptop, phone, tablet, so I’m already excluded.
  4. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003
    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.
  5. Ampidire macrumors 6502


    Feb 1, 2007
    I mean... I have that 1TB OneDrive as well... guess I’ll just double down on actually using it.
  6. travoose macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2008
    Central PA
    Love(d) Dropbox, but considering I am currently at 4 linked devices and I would assume that if I were to get rid of one device and replace it with another that that would "reset" my limit down to 3 devices. I already pay for iCloud storage, so I might as well utilize it to the max.
  7. ajfahey macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2001
    Moorpark, CA
    Given I have iCloud for iOS devices and Microsoft One Drive from my 365 subscription, I couldn't care less. Since 1Password went cloud based I really no longer have a need for it. I'm not sure who would.
  8. canadianreader macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2014
    There are so many cheaper alternatives and more privacy and security oriented than dropbox.
  9. magid macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2003
    What’s wrong with 1Password being cloud based?
  10. Senseotech macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    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.
  11. AKDub macrumors member

    May 14, 2015
    It's not for everyone, but I setup a share with NextCloudPi and have been very happy with it. When I ditched Dropbox I initially went for iCloud Drive as it was the obvious choice, but the features are very basic.
  12. ckorhonen macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2008
    I think he's trying to say since 1Password went cloud-based he has no need to use Dropbox for syncing.
  13. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    $9.99/ month for storage is very expensive. Might as well get a free FTP server and spend 15 minutes learning how to use it. Drop box is designed for being lazy.
  14. magid macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2003
    Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for clarifying.
  15. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    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.
  16. BigMcGuire, Mar 14, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2019

    BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    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.
  17. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    I used to love Office 365 for that same reason. BUT I found that when using it across many devices / OSs, it would constantly zero out my files :( ... I had to switch back to dropbox unfortunately.
  18. eRondeau macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    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.
  19. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    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.
  20. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    Guess I'll be switching 1Password over to iCloud syncing and uninstalling it from my gaming PC.

    (iPhone, iPad, iMac, PC)
  21. a104375 macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2007
    Matamoras, PA
    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.
  22. Jsfrederick macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2017
    Fredericksburg, VA, USA
    By by Dropbox. No need to pay for it when there are many, better services out there. A second vote for NextcloudPi. Been using it for a year and have not issues.
  23. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003
    Thanks, useful advice on MR! Faint. I read a lot of vague comments about others have better security or others are cheaper..without being specific. This tempted me to look into sync.
  24. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Am I the only one a little freaked out how Sync.com looks identical to dropbox.com? lol. The line is almost in the exact place.

    That said, sync.com looks good - at least from the website itself and what it claims to do. A lot cheaper than Dropbox too. Definitely a small company though. https://www.sync.com/about/
  25. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    As a loyal Dropbox Plus subscriber I never, ever realized this until you posted it. Office 365 all of a sudden sounds incredibly enticing. It'll no more per month for me and yet I'll have the always up-to-date Office suite on all of my devices. Thanks for the epiphany!
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    What do you mean it would zero out your files?

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