Google bumps up unified storage space to 30GB for Apps customers

Google bumps up unified storage space to 30GB for Apps customers

Summary: Google conveniently triples the amount of free storage space just ahead of its annual developers conference this week.


Google Drive just got a whole lot sweeter -- at least for consumers who don't want to pay for cloud storage space.

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The story is a bit different for consumer accounts versus Google Apps customers.

Starting with consumers, the Internet giant bumped up the free storage allotment from 5GB to 15GB.

That frees up more room for storing digital content (i.e. large attachments, documents, photos, etc.) across not only Drive but also Google+ and Gmail.

Clay Bavor, director of product management for the Google Drive team, explained in a blog post on Monday morning that this is more of a "unified" storage approach, rather than having 10GB for Gmail and another 5GB restricted for Drive.

For example, maybe you’re a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2 GB in Gmail. Now it doesn’t matter, because you can use your storage the way you want.

Bavor added that there will also no longer be a 25GB upgrade limit for Gmail. Consumer upgrade plans start at $4.99 per month for 100 GB.

For Google Apps customers, enterprise users will get 30 GB of unified storage to use as they like between Drive and Gmail.

Storage will also be shared for photos larger than 2048px uploaded to Google Plus. Files created in Docs, Sheets and Slides do not count against this storage quota.

Although Google did not provide an exact timeline, these changes are expected to roll out in the coming weeks.

The timing of the news is also convenient for Google as it offers up the potential for extra bragging points at its annual developers conference Google I/O, which kicks off at San Francisco's Moscone Center this Wednesday.

Screenshot via The Google Drive Blog

Topics: Cloud, Apps, Google, Storage, Google Apps

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  • Standard apps customers

    Is the new limit also valid for those customers who got the free apps version last year?
  • Great new!

    Wow, this is HUGE news. As a Google Apps reseller, we are constantly fielding questions about what happens when someone uses their 25GB of email space. Previously, the answer was "We'll work with you to eliminate some emails or migrate them to a separate 'archive' mailbox." Now they can just upgrade!

    It also presents a change management challenge, as users who are using their downloaded Google Drive folder with Microsoft and other files, for backup purposes, may inadvertently use up all their Gmail storage space with files synced to Drive.
    Robert Buchko
    • Great news too!

      Holy typo, Batman.
      Robert Buchko
    • may inadvertently use up all their Gmail storage space with files synced to

      Which is why I've already decided I HATE this change. This is going to be a nightmare for me as a reseller. There are going to be customers who fill up Drive and have no room for e-mail.

      This is a STUPID change. 15Gb free Drive for consumers, 30Gb Unified for Apps? Who thought up this lame brain idea???
  • Gmail storage

    Google promised that gmail was for life. To ensure that it was they increased gmail storage continuously by small amounts.

    Will they keep their promise? Will storage be increased with every year that passes to allow for a lifetime's use?

    I genuinely hope so.... it's a brilliant email system but even with 15GB the storage amount is not enough for a lifetime.
  • Price increase for current plans

    If you already have a 100 GB plan you als have 10GB of gmail space. Thus 110 GB.
    Now you are going to lose that free extra gmail space bcause the 100 GB plan includes the gmail space.
    That imeans 10% lower space value for your money.

    If you are on a 25 GB plan you have 25 GB + 10 GM email space for 2,49 per month. Now you will have to fork over 4,99$ per month of 60$ per year

    Better move to Microsoft Skydrive.
    That have 7 GB free + 20 GB for 10$ per year (or 25$ for 50 GB a year)
    And outlook email space is still not limited