Google Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos combine storage for easier management

by: Bogdan BeleMay 14, 2013

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Google has announced that Gmail, Google Drive and Google+ photos storage will be combined, so you can use it according to your needs.

According to a post on the official Gmail blog, instead of the 10GB of Gmail storage and 5GB of Google Drive storage you’re now getting for free, you’ll have 15GB of unified storage. You’ll be able to share the space as you please between e-mail, Drive files and Google+ photos.

This means that, if you’re a heavy Gmail user, but don’t use Google Drive too much (even though it syncs Docs, Sheeets and Slides for offline use and allows you to host simple websites), that space won’t go to waste, as you’ll be able to use it for your attachments. Or the other way around, depending on your needs.

You’ll also be able to permanently keep an eye on how you’re doing storage-wise, as Google has promised to update the Google Drive storage page, and any additional storage you buy applies to all these services.


Upgrade for Google Apps users

The changes also apply if you’re a Google Apps customer, but in that case, storage of Gmail and Google Drive will be combined. Namely, you will be getting 30 GB of combined space to use between Google Drive, Gmail and Google+ photos over 2048 pixels that you upload.

In a similar way to regular users, if you buy additional storage, you’ll also be able to use it for Gmail inboxes, which will no longer be limited to 25 GB.

What do you think about these changes? Will they make your use of Google’s services easier?

  • Infinite7154

    This is a great move. I don’t need all of that email storage but I am beginning to upload more and more photos to Google+. Great move by Google in my opinion.

  • Honestly this isn’t going to impact much… I’ve got 30GB of now “unified” Google Storage, but it doesn’t do much between all uploaded images, docs and gmail I might use 750MB at any one time. Until Google is as simple to use and as straight forward as dropbox is I see no reason to take my 110GB of images etc away from dropbox. With dropbox all my images get synced the second I take them, I have access to them from anywhere immediately in a simple interface. Why switch to Google cloud services.

    G-Drive might have some more features, but for my photos I’ve never had google drive work right or as simply as drop box…

    If I was working with more documents this might be a different story, but I deal mostly in images and media…

  • prit

    It is a great move by google. I really love google. But there is one thing on which google should work is, in search engine official site be given preference over the paid site

  • Name

    Would be better to also include Picasa