Dropbox lets you request files from anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account
Dropbox lets you request files from anyone, the Cloud Storage serviced introduced the new feature today.
The best part is, the user from whom you request the file does not even need to have a Dropbox account, to send the file to you.
Why is a File Request useful? How is different from other sharing options?
Let us analyze it with a small scenario.
You have to collect some documents from a few colleagues and file them together to submit a report. Normally what you have to is get each file from one user at a time, this involves the user uploading it to you, and you have to download it and upload it to a service, say Dropbox, and make a new folder. It also usually involves using an email service, through which the files are sent as attachments.
With the new Dropbox File Request, you can save some precious time, as people can directly upload the file to your folder. Dropbox file requests are not limited to just documents. You can also use it for getting photos, videos and just about any file.
You can send and receive files as large as 2GB in size, unlike email attachments which are very limited. Of course, to do so you will need to have sufficient storage space in your Dropbox account.
Dropbox also lets you organize the requested files, which you have received in your account. It does not matter how many files are received, all of the files will be organized into one single folder. However, you can choose to receive the files in any folder of your choice.
And Dropbox is keeping privacy in mind, and only you can see the files you request. You can share the files with other users if you choose to do so. Additionally, you will be able to access the files you received, from any of your devices connected to your Dropbox account.
Note: Dropbox is currently rolling out the file requests features only for Dropbox Basic and Pro users. The Cloud Storage service reveals that it will roll out file requests to Dropbox Business users in the coming weeks.
How to request a file in Dropbox
1. Head to this page on the Dropbox website
2. Click on the “Create File Request” Button.
3. Now you will be asked to select what files you want to request, just give it a name. You can also select the folder you wish to receive the files to.
4. On the next screen, you will be given a unique link, which you can send to the person, from whom you are requesting the files. Optionally you can have the link emailed to your contact, along with a message.
This is what the recipient will see when they click the link.
The above GIF from the Dropbox announcement shows how to accept a file request and upload them to the service.