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Dropbox now only allows three devices per account if you’re on the free plan

Lame, but understandable.

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If you’re one of the many users who doesn’t pay for Dropbox services, meaning you only use its free storage plan, the company will now only allow three devices per account. The company pulled a fast one by secretly updating its website to reflect the changes without ever making an announcement.

First spotted by Liliputing, users on the free plan can now only have three phones, tablets, or laptops to attached to their account at one time. Extremely lame, I know, but I guess that’s the price you pay when you umm, don’t pay.

The good news is that folks who had more than three devices attached to their account before March 2019 will be spared from the three-device limit. Anything after that won’t be allowed. In other words, Dropbox will sort of force you into ponying up for a paid plan if you need to add even more devices.

If you think you’re going to go over the limit (which is extremely easy, especially if you plan on buying a new phone or tablet), our best suggestion is to bite the bullet and start paying for the service.

Here are your paid options for Dropbox:

  • $9.99-per-month for the Plus subscription: 1TB of storage
  • $19.99-per-month for the Professional plan: 2TB of storage

If you hoard content like it’s no one’s business, it probably won’t hurt to sign up for one of the company’s paid plans. If you’ve been using the free plan for this long, throw Dropbox a bone and start paying for it – eventually, you’re going to go over the three device limit.

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