Dropbox error: Not enough space to access folder
“Can't access shared folder because I don't have enough space. I have a 3 GB account
and I want to see a 14 GB shared folder but failed. Who came up with this idea? any
solutions? Thanks for your kindly reply in advance.”
Do shared folders count against my storage space?
The sharing feature is an important feature of Dropbox. With it, you can share folders and
invite both co-workers and specific users outside your company. Folder permissions let you
decide whether to let people edit or view the contents. Some users may wonder if the shared
folders use the storage space of Dropbox.
Actually, the answer is yes. Shared folders count against the space in each member's
account unless each member is in the same Dropbox Business team. Dropbox's storage quota
is derived by adding up the total amount of data in the Dropbox account, which includes all
shared folders and all files collected from file requests.
If someone shares a folder with you that is larger than your remaining space, you will not be
able to access the folder. For example, if you have a 2 GB account and use 1.5 GB of space,
you cannot accept shared folders larger than 5 GB.
How to solve “Dropbox not enough space to access folder”?
As mentioned above, Dropbox can’t access the folder that is larger than the remaining space
of your Dropbox. So, you can solve this issue easily by freeing up some space in your
account or expand your storage space.
Part 1. Free up some space in Dropbox
1. Delete unneeded files
After long-term use, there must be many unneeded files in Dropbox. And if you have been using
Dropbox to collaborate on projects before, chances are that you are still subscribed to some
shared folders, which you don’t need anymore. To save your space, you can delete these
2. Empty your Trash
Actually, deleted files will not disappear permanently but will be stored in the Trash Bin
for 30 days so that users can recover files in case of deleting
important files accidentally. However, the files in Trash also count against Dropbox
storage. Therefore, you can go to the trash and remove the unnecessary files thoroughly.
Part 2. Expand Dropbox space without upgrading
If you don’t want to delete any files that are already stored in Dropbox, you can expand your
storage space. Although you can upgrade your account directly, you are not recommending to
do it because it is a long-term cost. There are some free ways to get more space on Dropbox
without upgrading, you can try these methods in the following contents first.
1. Complete the Dropbox getting started checklist
After creating a Dropbox account, you can go to the "First Steps" guide in Dropbox and read articles. If you
complete the actions required by this guide, you can earn up to 250 MB in total. There is a
total of 250 MB of free space. These resources will be automatically added to your profile
2. Invite your friends - up to 16 GB
The best way to get more free space in Dropbox is to let others join the app. If you share
your unique link with your friends or family members, you will get an extra 500 MB for each
one that signs up and installs Dropbox. You can get 16 GB of space by inviting 32 people
without paying any fees. And the extra space will not expire in your account, but you can
use it at any time.
Step 1. Log in to your Dropbox account
Step 2. Click on the avatar at the top of the page and select the option "Settings".
Step 3. Click "Plan" and select the "Invite
Step 4. Enter their name or email address and click the blue "Send".
3. Contribute to the Dropbox Community forum
Besides the two ways above, you can also earn free space by contributing to Dropbox Community forum. When
help other members of the community and get likes or get highlighted with your answers,
chances are that you can be rewarded with a 'Mighty Answer' badge. When you earn
this badge, you'll get 1GB of additional space in your Dropbox account!
4. Combine multiple Dropbox cloud storage
Since Dropbox provides each user with 2 GB free cloud storage, you can register two or even
more accounts to enjoy countless 2 GB. If you don't want to switch the accounts
frequently, you can merge Dropbox accounts together in one place with CBackupper, which is a free cloud manager that provides
the option to combine cloud
storage accounts with just one login. Here are the steps to use CBackupper:
Step 1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackupper, click “Sign
up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name. After that, sign
in your account.
Step 2. Click “Add Clouds” under “Clouds” tab, select
Dropbox and click “Add”. Then sign in your account and authorize CBackupper
to access your cloud. Google Drive, OneDrive, and FTP/SFTP are also supported.
Step 3. You can add as many Dropbox as you have with the steps above and then combine the
storage space into a larger space even an unlimited space with CBackupper.
According to the contents above, you must know that “Dropbox not enough space to access
folder” is not an issue but a notification about your storage quota. If you are facing this
situation, take it easy, you can choose to free up some space or get more free storage space
for free until you can access the folder successfully.