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Dropbox has announced a new service that allows users to share large or large amounts of files. The service is currently still in beta and focuses specifically on sending copies of files.

The new Dropbox Transfer differs from the traditional cloud service of the company. In the case of existing functions, a user shares a synchronised file, which can be modified or deleted at a later stage. Transfer specifically sends copies of files, so this is not possible.

Dropbox Transfer allows users to send up to 100 GB of files, writes ZDNet. You can do this by clicking and dragging the files from a computer or a Dropbox account onto the tool.

Transfer then creates a link that users can send to anyone. The link can also be used by people who don’t have a Dropbox.

Different subscriptions

At this moment Transfer is still in its beta and can only be used by selected users. However, the service will soon be available to all Dropbox users.

If Transfer is available to everyone, Dropbox users are given different options depending on their account. Basic users can send 100 MB per file transfer, while Plus users can send up to 2 GB. The links to the files will remain live for these users for a maximum of seven days.

Professional users have access to the full features of Transfer. They can therefore send up to 100 GB of files. The links also remain active for seven, thirty or ninety days. It is also possible to use your own branding and there are analytics about the file transfers.


Dropbox is certainly not the first company to phase file transfers. For example, in March this year Firefox launched Firefox Send, which allows users to share 2.5GB of encrypted files.

There is also Secure File Transfer, a KPN test that allows users to send large files in encrypted form free of charge. These are files of up to 4 GB, which are sent with end-to-end encryption on the basis of AES-gcm.

The best known is the Dutch WeTransfer, which has been in existence since 2009. This company allows users to send up to 2 GB of files for free.

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