What is Dropbox Transfer?

Updated May 08, 2024
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Dropbox Transfer is available to all Dropbox users.

You can use Dropbox Transfer to send files you don’t need to collaborate on. For example, you might use Dropbox Transfer to email a link to a finalized contract or deliver a finished product.

When you send a transfer, the recipient receives a shareable link that they can click to download the files. The recipient doesn’t need a Dropbox account to access or download a transfer. 

Learn how to create a transfer with Dropbox.

Watch this video for a quick overview of Dropbox Transfer.

Can I customize my transfers?

Customers on Dropbox Professional, Education, Essentials, Business, Business Plus, Advanced, and Enterprise can also customize transfers with custom expiration dates, passwords, logos and backgrounds. Customers on Dropbox Professional can also add websites and social media links.

What are the size limits?

The size limit of your transfer depends on the plan you have.

  • Dropbox Basic (free): 100 MB
  • Dropbox Standard: 2 GB
  • Dropbox Family: 50 GB
  • Dropbox Plus: 50 GB
  • Dropbox Transfer, Professional, Education, Essentials, Advanced, Business, and Enterprise: 100 GB
  • Dropbox Business Plus: 250 GB
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Note: Customers who have purchased the Dropbox Replay Add-On (formerly the Creative Tools add-on) can send transfers of up to 250 GB.

When does a transfer expire?

The length of time before a transfer expires depends on the plan you have: 

  • Dropbox Basic, Family, Plus, and Standard: 7 days 
  • Dropbox Transfer, Professional, Education, Essentials, Business, Advanced, Business Plus, Enterprise: You can set a custom expiration date when you create your transfer. If you don’t create a custom expiration date, the default expiration for your transfer is 30 days.

When are transfers deleted from Dropbox servers?

Expired transfers are deleted from Dropbox servers after a set period of time. This deletion timeline will depend on your plan: 

  • Dropbox Basic, Plus, Family, and Standard: Transfers are deleted 30 days after their expiration date. 
  • Dropbox Transfer, Professional, Education, Essentials, Advanced, Business, Business Plus, and Enterprise: Transfers are deleted 180 days after their expiration date. 

When a transfer is deleted, it’s removed from the Expired tab on dropbox.com.

You can choose to delete the transfer yourself, which immediately and permanently deletes it from Dropbox.

Find out more on how to create and send transfers, how to view sent and received transfers, and how to manage Dropbox Transfer for your team account.

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