On December 31, 2023, Amazon Drive will be phased down.
When considering whether or not to remove your data from Amazon Drive, you may want to think about it sooner rather than later. Just over a year has passed since Amazon notified users through email that the service will be discontinued on December 31, 2023.
Customers of Amazon Drive have been able to back up their files securely for the past 11 years, Amazon stated in an email to current customers. As of Dec. 31, 2023, Amazon Drive is being phased out in favour of Amazon Photos, which will be the primary focus of our efforts.
Customers of Amazon may upload up to 5 GB of files for free using Amazon Drive, for those who are not familiar. Customers of Amazon Drive can securely store photos, videos, and documents in the cloud through the service. Amazon Drive can be accessed by PC and Mac users via a web browser, while Android and iOS users can access the service via an app (opens in new tab).
5GB of storage is included in the Amazon Drive service for free, but the company offers paid tiers starting at $1.99/month for 100GB of storage and rising to $11.99/month for 2TB.
Customers will still be able to back up, share, and organise photos and videos with Amazon Photos, the company said in an email. Amazon Drive is similar to Amazon Photos, except that customers can only upload photos and videos to the service.
One of the perks of Amazon Photos is that Prime members have access to unlimited photo storage space. Prime members, on the other hand, are limited to a maximum of 5GB of free video storage. With a Prime membership, you can add 100GB of additional storage to your Amazon Photos video storage for $1.99 per month.
A good time to consider other cloud storage options like Microsoft OneDrive(opens in new tab), Dropbox, or iCloud Drive (if you’re an Apple user) is now, given Amazon’s impending demise.