Number of registered Dropbox users 2011-2016

As of March 2016, the number of registered Dropbox users reached worldwide half a billion – this is a tenfold increase in less than four years. The number of paying Dropbox users reached 12.7 million in 2018.


Dropbox is a cloud storage service that allows users to save, share and access files in the cloud. Dropbox is the major product of the American company Dropbox, Inc., which was founded by MIT students Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi in 2007. As one of the most valuable startup companies worldwide, Dropbox has seen continued success – its annual revenue more than doubled itself in four years, reaching 1.39 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. Each paying user contributed 117.64 U.S. dollars to Dropbox’s overall revenue. Dropbox was the most popular cloud storage/file-sharing service among North American and European IT professionals, according to a 2018 survey. Fifty-four of the survey respondents made use of the service without IT approval.

Number of registered Dropbox users from April 2011 to March 2016

Number of users in millions
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Release date

March 2016



Survey time period

April 2011 to March 2016

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