Dropbox has quietly updated its terms of service to limit free accounts to only three devices to which users can sync data.
The new rule entered into effect this month, according to an official Dropbox help page.
Users who will need to sync data to more than three devices will have to sign up to one of the company’s paid membership plans, which start at $9.99/month (€8.25/month).
Users who linked more than three devices prior to March 2019 won’t be impacted, but they won’t be able to link new ones until they remove old ones and will have to stay under the new three-device limit when they do.
Dropbox Business users aren’t impacted by this new rule, as all business accounts are on commercial memberships and users and companies can link unlimited devices.
Dropbox users weren’t too happy today when the news broke about the new device-per-account limit.
The new account limit is bound to push a few users towards rival services, and especially towards Google Drive.
For some users, the ability to sync between multiple devices is more important than the total account storage space or any bandwidth limitations.
Also, having to tinker with a Dropbox’s account settings page to remove old devices and add new ones is a chore that many users won’t be willing to endure every time they change devices when they have no-headaches alternatives.