What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is a file sharing and collaboration service that allows users to store, share and access all their files. Since it is a cloud storage service, users can access their files from multiple devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets, anytime and anywhere through the internet. File synchronization allows users to update files from one device and immediately view the updated file on other devices.

The Dropbox App is available for Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS, and Linux operating systems. A mobile app is available for iOS, Android and Windows.

How much does Dropbox cost?

For individuals, Dropbox has three plans. The Dropbox Basic Plan offers 2 GB of free storage, Dropbox Plus subscription costs $8.25/month for 1 TB space and Dropbox Professional subscription costs $16.58/month for 2 TB space.

Dropbox offers two subscription plans for Teams. The Standard plan offers 3TB storage space for $12.50 per user/month while the advanced plan provides unlimited storage space for $20 per user/month.

256-bit AES and SSL/TLS encryption, two-factor authentication, Office 365 integration and priority email support come standard with all plans.

You can compare all Dropbox subscription plans here

Dropbox: How does it work?

Users drag and drop their files into a designated folder. Dropbox then uploads these files to its cloud servers, making it available for immediate access from all devices that are synced by the user.

Notable Features

Dropbox Professional and Team users can recover deleted files or folders within 120 days. Dropbox Basic (free) and Plus account users get only 30 days to recover their files.

Users can get offline access to their files and folders. Offline access allows users to select the files that they want to access offline.

Dropbox Paper is a free workspace product aimed at the Office Productivity segment. According to the company, Paper allows teams to “work with all types of content—from YouTube videos to code to Pinterest boards—in one place”.

Dropbox revenue, userbase and number of countries.
Dropbox is now available in more than 180 countries.

Dropbox Privacy:

Dropbox meets the requirements of GDPR, the European Union framework for handling and protecting personal data of EU residents, which came into effect on May 25, 2018. 

Dropbox Business:

On top of the standard and advanced plans the company offers for Teams, Dropbox also offers a subscription plan for Enterprise users. Enterprise users get all the features of Dropbox along with 24/7 phone support.

 Dropbox Business Plans: Feature Comparison
Compare Dropbox Business Plans

Enterprise pricing is not standardized. You need to contact Dropbox directly to get a quote for your enterprise subscription.

Exclusive Dropbox Features for Enterprise Users

  • Enterprise mobility management (EMM)

  • Device approvals (Also available with Advanced Team plan)

  • Domain Insights and Account Capture

  • Network control

  • 24/7 Phone Support

  • Advanced training for end users and admins

Key Security Features:

  • Enterprise-grade cloud security

  • Centralized control over files

  • Sharing controls and permissions

  • Lost device protection

  • Remote wipe

  • Account transfer

  • User authentication

Dropbox Story:

Dropbox, founded in June 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowski, went public in March 2018. The San Francisco headquartered Dropbox is now valued at more than $8.5 billion.

Dropbox’s user base has steadily grown over the last eleven years, reaching more than 500 million registered users worldwide and 12.3 million paying subscribers.

Dropbox Userbase Growth:

End ofPaying Users in MillionsAverage Revenue Per User 

Though Dropbox reported revenues of $1,106.8 million in 2017, representing an annual growth rate of 31%, the company reported a net loss of $111.7 million.