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February 05, 2012 00:15 PST

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. There are a number of versions across many operating systems, including versions for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, as well as versions for mobile devices, such as Android, Windows Phone 7, iPhone, iPad, WebOS, and BlackBerry, and a web-based client for when no local client is installed. The Chrome extension for Dropbox is also available.

A free account of Dropbox nets you 2GB of storage space. Want to boost that to 7GB for free?

With the services's latest beta software, it has added an automatic photo and video import feature. Connect to a camera or smartphone, and you'll have an option to automatically import the videos and pictures to Dropbox. To help promote this new feature, for every 500MB of photos and videos automatically uploaded, you'll receive another 500MB space bonus, up to 5.0GB total.

Tutorial: Get 5GB of extra Dropbox storage for free

  • Download Dropbox 1.3.12 for Windows from Dropbox website, and then install it.
  • Connect to your camera or smartphone, click Import pictures and videos using Dropbox in the Auto Play window. Please enable AutoPlay to use this feature if you have disabled it.
Screenshot: Import pictures and videos using Dropbox, get 5GB of extra Dropbox storage for free
  • Dropbox will import the files from your portable devices and then automatically upload to Dropbox server.
Screenshot: Dropbox Photo Importer, get 5GB of extra Dropbox storage for free
  • After upload is complete, you'll receive another space bonus.

The official announce about Dropbox automatic photo and video import feature

David E posted an announce at Dropbox Forum on Feb 02, 2012:

Experimental Forum Build - 1.3.12

Another day another build. We're trying to snipe all the most common bugs. Keep plugging in those cameras! During this beta period, we are also offering additional free space to test automatic uploading of photos and videos. For every 500MB of photos and videos automatically uploaded, you'll receive another 500MB space bonus, up to 4.5GB total. [Update: To clarify, you can get up to 5GB of free space with this feature, if you count the initial 500MB space for the first photo import].

Dropbox 1.3.12

  • 500MB of free space on first photo import.
  • Cleanup UI in Windows non admin installation.
  • Fix infinite restart of Dropbox when database was corrupted.
  • Fix import error on iPhone with lots and lots of photos.
  • Better Handling of out of quota issues on first photo import.
  • Other small fixes.


#1  posted on February 05, 2012 00:41 PST
Just tested. It works well with iPhone 4.

#2  posted on February 05, 2012 00:43 PST
Working very well for me.

Max OS X Lion 10.7.2 with iphone 4s (5.01) uploaded 5gbs with no problems.

Thanks for this nifty new feature (and the extra space!)

#3  posted on February 05, 2012 02:38 PST
The import feature works really good - just tested with a lot of photos and some videos.

#4  posted on February 06, 2012 10:52 PST
firstly, for additional 256MB at the start please register from this link http://db.tt/MAeVfeGf it will give me 256MB too. Thanks.

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