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Sharing a folder from a dropbox Plus account with a free account

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I have a dropbox Plus account and wanted to share a folder with a person that has a free account. That works to a point, but now the person with the free account receives the message that they can only view if they buy more space themselves.

I want the person to be able to upload some pictures to my account/shared folder.

Do I need to ask the person to share his files/photos with me via a file transfer site rather than to just allow her to open my shared folder, move the photos in there and give me "instant Access" or can this be solved somehow within my current plan?

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Re: Sharing a folder from a dropbox Plus account with a free account

Advanced Collaborator | Level 16

Hi @Parkosidis,

Seems You are in a scenario that Dropbox prevent free accounts stacking. The folder You shared seems bigger than 'free account' capacity. Overcome could be (as You note) the 'free account' to share directory or (another option) You can share another directory containing less (only absolutely need) files inside.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Sharing a folder from a dropbox Plus account with a free account

Super User II

@Parkosidis wrote:

... now the person with the free account receives the message that they can only view if they buy more space themselves.


The space used by a shared folder is counted against the quota of all members of the share. In order to hold a shared folder in their account, they need to have enough available space for the folder and all its content.


... can this be solved somehow within my current plan?

You could send them a File Request. That will allow them to upload directly to your account without taking up space in their own. In fact, they don't even need an account.

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