Get 1GB extra Dropbox space just for using Mailbox

Download a free app, connect it to your Dropbox account, and get 1GB of extra space for free? Sign me up!

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You remember Mailbox, right? The free iOS app that was set to revolutionize the way we e-mail. With options to snooze and postpone e-mails from being visible in our Inbox, it was sure to be a hit! And it was; after a long list of users waiting to gain access to the service, Dropbox decided it needed to acquire Mailbox.

Fast-forward to today, and you'll find an iPad version of the app along with Dropbox integration (naturally) within the app. And with the Dropbox integration in mind, if you connect your Dropbox account to Mailbox, you'll automagically gain 1GB of free storage on your Dropbox account, as first reported by 9to5Toys.

Even if you don't plan on using Mailbox (which only works with Gmail accounts right now) you can at least sign in and connect the two apps, then delete Mailbox and go back to business as usual.

Connecting Mailbox to Dropbox is dead simple:

  • Download and install Mailbox on an iOS device if you don't already have it installed.
  • After logging in to your Gmail account, navigate to Mailbox's settings and select the "Dropbox" option. Then tap on "Add Dropbox Account."
  • If you have the Dropbox app installed on the same device, the app will launch and prompt you to grant Mailbox permission to access your Dropbox account. If not, you'll have to log in to Dropbox and authorize the app the old-fashioned way.
  • Profit?

As soon as you grant Mailbox access to your Dropbox account, your storage allotment will increase by 1GB. If you already have the two services connected, unlink them in the Mailbox settings menu and reauthorize. The bonus storage should then show up.