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Google Mail, Drive + Photos Unified Storage

posted 15 May 2013, 09:41 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 15 May 2013, 09:42 ]

Google have announced an important change in the way your storage quotas split between Google Mail, Google Drive and Google+ Photos.  Google no longer count the storage quotas separately and now combine all the storage into one large block shared between all three services.


What does unified storage mean for you?

This change means that Google gives you one storage quota and count all your emails and attachments in Gmail, uploaded documents and files in Google Drive and full-resolution photos uploaded to Google+ in one lump sum.  This gives great flexibility with your storage: if you need more storage in Google Drive you now have it as it will use the large, single pot of storage rather than restrict you to 5GB.

How much storage do we now get?

Google Apps for Business: 30GB

If you pay for Google Apps for Business then Google gives you 30GB to use between Google Mail, Google Drive and Google+ Photos.

Google Apps Free: 15GB

If you still use the free version of Google Apps then Google gives you 15GB to use between Google Mail, Google Drive and Google+ Photos.

Google Accounts: 15GB

If you like to go it alone and don't use Google Apps then Google gives you 15GB to use between GMail, Google Drive and Google+ Photos.

Are small photos, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings still Free?

Yes!  Photos 2048px or smaller still do not count against your paid-for storage and Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Google Drawings take no Drive space.


30GB of Unified Storage for Google Apps for Business customers