Shared folders use space in each member’s account, unless each person is on the same Dropbox Business team.
Your Dropbox storage quota is calculated by adding up the total amount of data in your Dropbox account. This includes all shared folders you are a member of and all files collected from file requests.
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If someone shares a folder with you that is larger than the amount of space you have left, you won’t be able to join the folder. For example, if you have a Dropbox Basic 2 GB account, and you’ve used 1.5 GB of space, you can’t accept a shared folder larger than .5 GB.
If you need to view shared files that are larger than the remaining space in your account, you can:
- Ask the person who invited you to send a shared link to the folder instead
- Upgrade to Dropbox Plus or Professional