I want to share files with a friend that are more than 5MB. I was considering to upgrade my account to 1TB. However, would my friend need to upgrade his/her account as well? or it is enough when one person has enough space?
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I'm assuming you mean 5GB and not 5MB. A 5MB file wouldn't be a problem at all because a Basic (i.e. free) Dropbox account has 2GB of space by default.
In order for someone to be able to accept a shared folder, they need to have enough available space in their account. This means that a person with a Basic account will not be able to accept a shared folder that's more than 2GB (assuming they haven't increased their space through referrals and other promotions).
Depends on how exactly you'd like share these files to begin with @Jelly!
Let me clarify that, in general, your Dropbox quota is calculated based on the total contents of your Dropbox, which includes shared folders. A Dropbox account can't sync more than its quota, so a 2 GB account can't sync more than 2 GB, including the space taken up by shared folders. Because every member of a shared folder can add and modify the files in the shared folder, the shared folder takes up space in each member's account. This policy exists to prevent people from giving themselves unlimited space by stacking Basic accounts and shared folders.
If, on one hand, you'd like to share a folder without impacting the recipient's quota, you can share a link to the folder, instead.
If, on the other hand, you'd like others to upload files to your Dropbox account without impacting their own quota, you can send a file request.
I hope this information helps and please let me know if you have any further questions.
Thank you for your reply Lori! (I could not press reply on the actual thread)
If I use a "shared link" to send photos to someone who only has a basic account, will they be able to view and DOWNLOAD their own copies of the files?
Basically I have a larger account 30GB and want to send some folders of photos to my family (approx 20 GB Folder) for them to download but they will all only have dropbox basic (2GB)
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