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September 4, 2015

Google Drive Bonus Storage Is Expiring

2 years ago, Google offered 10 GB of free storage for installing the Quickoffice app for Android or iOS. Unfortunately, Google's bonus storage is about to expire.

"We wanted to let you know that you have bonus Google Drive storage expiring on Oct 3 2015. While this bonus period is coming to an end, you can always purchase additional storage," informs Google. "Rest assured that your files in Google Drive remain safe and accessible by you and the people you've shared them with. You just won't be able to add or sync any files unless you are using less than your current available storage or you've purchased additional storage."



Basically, Google won't delete your files, but you'll have to delete some of them or purchase more storage if you actually used the 10 GB bonus storage. Since the storage is shared between Gmail, Google Photos and Google Drive, all of these services are affected and you can also delete Gmail messages with large attachments or photos and videos from Google Photos that use your Google storage. Here's how to find Gmail messages with big attachments and a list of Google Drive files sorted by size.

12 comments:

  1. In around 1.5 years, I would be out of free storage and would be required to pay for storage.
    I have no issues with the idea of paying for storage. But I do have issue paying 10 dollars for 1TB of storage when my personal requirement is less than 200GB.

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    1. You should be able to pay for what you use. Let's say you've used 123 GB last month on average. Why not pay (123-15)*$0.02=108*$0.02=$2.16 instead of $9.99 for 1TB?

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    2. That is the thing. I would not mind slabs of 50GB or even 100GB. But 2 dollar for 100GB and 10 dollar for 1TB. That's a pretty huge gap between the two slabs!

      Amazon S3 style pricing would be best to be frank. I use it extensively for my website backups and monthly bills are hilariously low.

      Hopefully, pricing would change in the next 1.5 years. Otherwise I might end up moving to something with better pricing!

      PS. I ended up pressing the Sign out button because it is placed in the location where post comment should be lol.

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  2. Now, people will need to clean their gmail which is accumulating data for years. :)

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  3. Yeah that was really clever of google. After two years i've forgot about the special offer, now I have to buy more storage. It's like the drug dealer pattern ;-)

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  4. I completely forgot this was the reason my Apps account had so much storage than my regular Google Account. Now that they'll have the same amount of storage I think I might give-up on Apps - unless anyone can think of compelling reason to stick with it (but the Standard/free edition seems to a second class citizen in the Google-dome).

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  5. Google Fi charges for data used. When you do it that way, you're paying the higher rate for all incremental data. When you but in huge chunks like 1 TB, your getting a warehouse club discount, but buying peanut butter you'll never eat! Yes, there should be more tiers in-between the chunks, but the have to keep it simple. And yes, pricing will change. They've changed it multiple times getting to this point.

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    1. Mobile data or even broadband data at home is very different from cloud hosting.
      You are using that data to access the entire web. It is something you are using on a daily basis. And you can downgrade and upgrade to a different plan based on your usage.
      Cloud storage is very different because your usage usually remain constant. And for the most of us would grow pretty slowly once you are done with the initial upload. And many of us would not ever use it on a regular basis. I am sure I am not the only one using Drive primarily as archival storage.
      I have been in the 190-200GB tier for the last year. I have only uploaded around 5GB in the last couple of months. And this is unlikely to change in the near or far future. So I know that 250GB is more than enough for me for a couple of years.
      And since this is above 115GB, I have no option but to pay for the 1TB tier once my free storage offers are expired based on current prices. I could save a lot of money if google adds a USD 5 tier offering 400GB or 500GB of storage.

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  6. Google Fi charges for data used. When you do it that way, you're paying the higher rate for all incremental data. When you but in huge chunks like 1 TB, your getting a warehouse club discount, but buying peanut butter you'll never eat! Yes, there should be more tiers in-between the chunks, but the have to keep it simple. And yes, pricing will change. They've changed it multiple times getting to this point.

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