Why was I sent a file request?

If you received a file request, it means that someone with a Dropbox account would like to collect files from you. 

To send a file through file requests, you don't need a Dropbox account. If you already use Dropbox, you can upload files to the file request while keeping the original files safe in your Dropbox account.

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How to send files through a file request

To send files to a Dropbox user through a file request, follow these steps:

  1. Find the file request invitation in your inbox and click the Upload files to... button.
    • The person requesting the files may have sent you a file request link directly. In this case, click the link to start uploading files.
  2. Click Choose from computer or Choose from Dropbox to upload a file. You can also drag and drop the files directly into your browser window.
  3. If you have more files to upload, click +Add another file.
  4. Once you have all the files you want to upload, you may be prompted to enter your name and email address so that the file requester knows who uploaded these files.
  5. Click Upload.
    • Note: You can add more files at any time by clicking the file request invitation for as long as the file request is open. You will not be able to access files that you already uploaded.
  6. A green check mark means that you've successfully uploaded your files to the file request.

How do I know if a file request has a deadline?

If you received a file request invitation in your inbox, the email includes details on whether there’s a deadline to upload your files. Here’s what you should know about deadlines:

  • The time and date of the deadline are in the file requester’s timezone
  • You’ll receive one reminder email to upload before the deadline
  • If you forward the file request invitation to someone not originally invited by the file request creator, they will not receive a reminder email
  • You won’t receive an email if the file request creator updates the deadline
  • If the person requesting files sets a grace period, any file uploaded after the deadline will be marked as late

I was asked to upload a file but I didn't receive a file request invitation—what happened?

If you're expecting a file request invitation but didn't receive one, try the following:

  • Check to see if the file request invitation went to your spam folder
  • Clarify your email address with the file requestercoll
  • Add no-reply@dropbox.com to your email contacts and ask the file requester to resend your invitation
  • If the above steps do not resolve the issue, please contact your email provider

Why do I get an error message when I try to upload a file?

There are several reasons why you might see an error message when trying to upload files to a file request. Here are a few error messages that you may see and how to fix them:

Error: Please upload files under 2 GB.

If the file request was created by a Dropbox Basic, Plus, or Family user, you can upload files up to 2 GB.

For files larger than 2 GB, consider using a shared link. File requests created by Dropbox Business team members or Professional users can accept files up to 20 GB in size.

Error: [Requester’s name] doesn't have enough Dropbox Space for these files.

Ask the file requester to check how much space they have in their Dropbox account.

Error: Something went wrong. Please try sending your files again.

If the file requester has enough space in her Dropbox account and the file is under 2 GB, try to upload to the file request in a new browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari) or in an incognito/private browser window. You can also clear your browser's cache and reattempt uploading the file.

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