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Google introduces annual plans for Drive storage

by Killian Bell | December 22, 2016December 22, 2016 4:00 am PDT

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Google is now giving Drive users the option to pay for extra storage annually, with savings of up to 17 percent. Until now, users who needed more cloud data were forced to pay $1.99 a month for 100GB, or $9.99 a month for 1TB.

Google generously gives all Drive users 15GB of data absolutely free, which is much more than you’ll get from rival cloud storage services like Dropbox and iCloud. The company offers extra gigabytes on top of that for those who complete security checkups and add new devices.

But it’s still not enough for some users, so there’s the option to pay for more — and now you can do so annually.

Those who choose to add an extra 100GB will pay $19.99 for the year, which works out at 16 percent less than paying monthly for 12 months. Those who opt for the 1TB plan will pay $99.99 for the year, which is 17 percent less.

The annual plans help Google better compete with Dropbox and other competitors, which have been offering annual plans for years. If you’re wondering whether you need more Drive storage, you can check out how much you’re already using on the settings page.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...