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Double Your Dropbox Referral Storage by Verifying Your .EDU Email Address

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If you’re looking for some extra space in your Dropbox account you can double your past and future referral space bonuses by simply activating an .EDU email address on your Dropbox account.

It’s that simple; login to your Dropbox account and visit this link to add your .EDU address. As soon as you verify your address you’ll see double the referral storage volumes (i.e. if you had 2GB of extra space because of referrals you’ll now have 4GB). This doubling effect applies to all future referrals too. It’s an incredible easy way to get extra space if you have access to an academic email address.

Don’t have a Dropbox account yet? Get one here. Thanks for the tip, Alejandro!

Dropbox .EDU Bonus Space [Dropbox]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/20/11

Comments (17)

  1. Brad Hoschar

    Very nice!

  2. Anon

    Just a minor correction: An .EDU address is not necessary. You just need to tell the Dropbox team about your academic mail domain, and they’ll register it.

  3. JRod

    Hmm, didn’t work for me. I did what it said and I still see only 5 GB.

  4. Megagamerx1

    Ha ha… the book says “Python.”

  5. Reply

    nice referal link on

    “Get One Here”

  6. Hai Trieu

    Old tips with the new writing way. Nice referal link on

    “Get One Here”

  7. Bugalugs

    Thanks :)

  8. rachel

    what about international universities?? like

  9. Simon

    This also works for thats the reason i’m sitting on 20GB for free just now.

  10. Glitches

    Does this work if we change our account address? I did not sign up with a .edu account at the time because I didn’t have one, but now I do. I’ve changed the address, but the website doesn’t give me a confirmation button or any sort of way to confirm my .edu status. Is there some sort of processing time, or am I screwed out on this double space?

  11. Pam

    Hate to be a little dumb, but where do I get a .edu email address?

  12. Achu

    Hmmm.. How can i get that mail address? I searched no luck

  13. Gaiz

    =D The book says python because Dropbox is mostly made out of python. =)

  14. uking94

    I also have the same dummy question as Achu above, i don’t know where can i get an .edu email :/

  15. MJ

    You get it from school or university. If your academic address doesn’t end with .edu try it anyway. If it doesn’t work, then ask the Dropbox team to add it to the list.

  16. dean

    I’m always wondering why anyone still uses Dropbox, especially after their last fiasco when anyone could log in with any password into any account, and their strange TOS (they can use your files for their own purpose). Why don’t you just use Sugarsync? It allows you to sync/backup any folder, they give you 5 GB for free, plus 500 MB if you sign up through a referral link.

  17. Callum Booth

    @dean: Because some users prefer Dropbox over others because it’s a lot easier to use and they have a lot of data stored there. I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t fancy transferring 14GBs of data to another service because Dropbox changed their TOS. Especially as half of my website is stored on Dropbox because I can’t find a web host that’s cheap enough…

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