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Google Merges Storage Between Drive, Gmail and G+ Photos, 15GB For Everyone and 30GB for Apps Users

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Last year with the launch of Google Drive, Google revamped their storage options for your data in the cloud. However, the data you had in your Drive account was separated from that storage you had in Gmail, which was also different from the photo storage you had in Google+. Today, Google announced that they are taking all that storage space and making them all into a tight little package for everyone. All Google users now have a free 15GB of storage space across the three applications and Google Apps users will receive 30GB of space. 

Along with this new unified storage space, Google has launched a new page to help you keep track of it. A pie chart will show you just how much space you are using in each app and how much that eats into your overall space. The options to upgrade to more storage are the same as they have always been, so if you see that you need more you can purchase it right there. This change will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled.

Via: Google Drive

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  • Mickey A Valentine

    I just made a new Google account 3 months ago, to transfer over and start fresh. You know everyone needs a refresh haha. But I noticed on one of my spare accounts that I have hardly touched, I used it to get more storage on drop-box which i just deleted (kept my other drop-box though) because, I just saw I had 15gb of free space on my spare account. Whats up with that? I own them both but only one has 15gb and the other has 5gb? Maybe its a roll out to accounts with seniority like the “union.” Spare is 3 years old and I have a 3 month old? Pfft.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    Perfect timing! I am on the brink of running out of G+ photo storage.

  • Ahh, finally. I was wondering why they weren’t already doing this.

  • Michael Rodgers

    This is interesting and all, but I wish they’d go even one more step and put folders in my drive for Gmail and Google+ pictures. That would be real unification…

  • Guest

    Makes sense.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    Google drive is blocked at my work. I hope my Gmail and Picasa still work…

    • Zippy

      Try this netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie

      • Chris Hollenbeck

        Thanks. I’ll give it a try.

  • Hatyrei

    I wish I can print documents directly from GMAIL in an android smartphone… but i can’t find the option… 🙁

  • Google needs to keep unifying services like this to reduce consumer confusion. Good move.

    • Chris

      The main one they need to work on merging is the messaging programs.

  • Brent Cooper

    What does it mean by “Google Apps Users”?

    Thanks in advanced for any replys!

  • Blue Sun

    As a free user I currently have a 10.1 GB limit in GMail, 5 GB limit in Google Drive & 5GB Google+ Photos (20.1 GB in total). I guess I’ll be losing 5 GB in the transition for flexibility. Not sure how I feel about this..

    • The old docs say that Google+ Photos are stored in Drive, so that is one 5GB chunk for both.

      • Blue Sun

        Ahh, thanks for the clarification. I guess that confusion is probably one of the driving forces behind the change.

  • ImmaDroid

    my drive still says 5GB?

    • Blue Sun

      Coming Soon™ if you read the last sentence.

      • EricRees

        Soon™, do you work for Riot?

        • Blue Sun

          Nope 🙂

      • ImmaDroid

        I didn’t, but that’s what I have you for!

  • anezarati

    how do you know if you are a “google apps” user? i mean i use gmail, drive and have a g+, does that make me a google apps user?

    also, i assume the free drive storage with a chromebook will still apply.

    • I believe it’s for businesses (http://www.google.com/intl/en/enterprise/apps/business/). The university I work at is switching to them in September.

    • K M

      Google apps users are people who use google for email and calendar for their domain.

      For example if you owned http://www.anezarati.com and used GMail to receive mail sent to the anezarati domain, you would be a Google apps user.

      Google used to provide this service for free, but now charge $50 per email address if you don’t have a grandfathered account.

  • Josh Shaw

    FINALLY!!!!! I’ve been wanting this since I started using drive, I have .02% of my Gmail(10GB) space used and 85% of my Drive(5GB) used.

    • michael arazan

      I’m using 85% of 200 gb (10$ a month) mostly HD videos, HD videos take up a lot of space. Would love to buy a terabyte hard drive, but until then this will do

      • In one year you could afford a terabyte drive… actually less but you know.

  • Frank Fiorta

    Does anyone know if the picutres and Google+ portion of this will remain as follows: Only hi-res pictures eat up your space? “Regular” photos are still unlimited storage?

    • tjparker

      Photos bigger than 2048×2048 pixels use your storage. Everything smaller than that is free.

      • are photos that are synced over using the google+ sync accessible via google drive etc? ie can i access them via a folder on my computer with google drive installed?

  • S.Ober

    Can’t argue with Free!

    • sc0rch3d

      i’ve been paying for storage (20 or 30GB) for over a year. i think i’ve always had unified storage across the services.

      Can’t argue with free, but for only $5/yr, you get 4x more. 🙂

      • thats $5 a month not year

        • sc0rch3d

          maybe for you….here’s a straight copy/paste from my storage account…

          20 GB

          $5.00 / Year

          Next charge on: 6/20/13

          • DroidJ

            Same here. We’re grandfathered under the old plan pricing.

        • Grandfathered plan was 20GB for $5/year.

          • damn, when was that from? I’m shocked I didn’t jump on it.

          • Google had them for quite sometime, right up until the night before Drive was announced.

          • Michael Rodgers

            Yup – I’m still on the old plan as well. It’s the reason I always make sure my google wallet info is up to date 🙂

    • wizteknet

      This is definently sweet, now its time to really start using it like I should.

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  • Shane Redman


  • Yep, I still have 5 gigs. lol

  • kevg73

    This is convenient that they are making it more organized but its also kind of BS. I get 25gb on my gmail right now. I’ve never seen it go down.

  • 4n1m4L

    So I’m already paying for 25 GB of drive storage and I still have 25…

    • Read. “next couple weeks”

      • 4n1m4L

        Oh. Silly of me. So what happens then? I get 40?

        • cortesjues

          you will probably get 35, i believe everyone already gets 5GB for drive so you are paying for an extra 20, so 15+20 =35GB of space? at least thats how i think it will work lol

          • 4n1m4L

            Sounds right

          • JoshGroff

            Wouldn’t it be 50 since almost everyone uses Google Apps? (30+20)

          • Who’s paying for Google Drive Storage? I have 105GB of free storage. Plus another 200GB free on DropBox. Just sayin

          • JoshGroff

            I’m not, but that’s only because I have a free 50GB dropbox account from some promo thing.

          • markwebb

            Yeah, as part of the Samsung Chromebook promotion, users got 100GB of Drive for 2 years at no charge; so what happens to that?

          • How do you have 105GB free?

          • Google Apps is the business gmail address. It does not refer to you using Google’s android or iOS apps.

            For instance, my universities .edu email is a Google Apps account.

          • JoshGroff

            So it means Google Apps for business? Why didn’t it just say so?

  • Doesn’t look like i’m losing anything, i’m in!