How do I get more storage space on Proton Drive?

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Congratulations on joining the Proton community! You can now store and share your files privately and securely. To help you make the most of Proton Drive, we’re rewarding you with 500 MB of free additional storage when you complete three simple actions: 

  1. Add a file or folder
  2. Create a shareable link
  3. Protect your account with a recovery method

You have 30 days to complete the actions. If you do them all in under 30 days, you’ll automatically receive an additional 500 MB of free storage, allowing you to protect even more files and folders with end-to-end encryption. You will receive an email in your Proton Mail inbox confirming your additional 500 MB of storage.

Which account types are eligible?

Only free Proton Drive accounts are eligible for the 500 MB upgrade.

If you are on a premium Proton plan (Proton Drive Plus, Proton Unlimited etc.) your account already comes with increased storage. 

Free Proton accounts can get 500 MB of additional storage by performing certain initial actions on Proton Mail or Proton Drive. Not both. Completing either one of the Get Started checklist gets you an additional 500 MB for a total of 1 GB of storage.

Is there a time limit on completing the actions?

You must perform all three actions within 30 days of signing up for your free Proton account to receive your additional 500 MB of free storage.

What are the three actions I need to perform?

To receive the additional 500 MB of free storage, you must:

  1. Add a file or folder
  2. Create a shareable link
  3. Protect your account with a recovery method

We explain how to complete each step in greater detail below.

1. Add a file or a folder

The first required action is to upload a file or folder to Proton Drive.

You can do this by logging in to the Proton Drive web app at window) and simply dragging and dropping files from your system’s file manager to the main Proton Drive window. You can upload multiple files and folders at one time.

You can also add files by clicking on the New Upload button. This will open your file manager. 

Learn more about uploading files and folders to Proton Drive 

2. Create a shareable link

Shareable links allow you to share files and folders safely and securely. Once generated, these links can then be shared via email, text, or any other method. Recipients access the files you shared within an encrypted environment, even if they don’t have a Proton Drive account. 

Learn how to create a shareable link in Proton Drive.

When you create a link, you can also set an expiration date or protect it with a password. Additionally, you can turn off an existing file-sharing link with one click. This disables the link and makes the download page unavailable. 

3. Protect your account with a recovery method

Setting a recovery method enhances the security of your account and allows you to recover all your data and files in case you need to reset your password.

You can either set a recovery phrase or download a recovery file. 

How to set a recovery phrase

How to download a recovery file

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