Google Finally Allows Users to Share Paid Drive Storage With Family Members
May 15 2018
Google is retooling and rebranding its consumer cloud storage plans.
Google customers get 2 Terabyte of online storage for $9.99 per month when they are moved to the new Google One plan. With Google One, you can add up to five family members to your plan and simplify storage under one bill.
The company also announced changes in the tariff plans of the service. It will not affect G Suite customers, though. The other change will be that the current 1TB plan, priced at Rs650 per month will instead be replaced by the new 2TB storage plan at a similar price point. Each user will get his/her own, private storage and the same benefits as the rest of their household. According to TechCrunch, there are two new storage plans: 200GB for $2.99 a month and 2TB for $9.99 a month. Google says that the changes will come "automatically over the coming months".
Consumer Google accounts come with 15 GB of free space, but as Google notes, people are using more and more storage thanks to mobile phone use and the rise of 4K video and high-resolution photography.
Clarification: The new Google One subscription will house the files used by several Google services, not the services themselves.
If you're just interested in getting more storage for the money, don't worry - you'll find some new storage choices as well.
You can pay $99.99 per month for 10TB of storage, $199.99 per month for 20TB, and if you want the 30TB option, you'll need to fork over $299.99 per month.
Google One is also introducing another highly-requested feature: storage plans that can be shared with the family.
As Google did when it rolled out its early Chromecasts, One members will also be able to take advantage of discounts, from Google Play credits to hotel deals.
Google One will offer cloud storage from Google at lower prices. If you are running out of storage because you've been using those services for years, paying Google $2/mo may help ease some storage stress. In addition to this, the company is also offering customers of the new plans "one-tap" access to experts. "We aspire to create out those as time passes", she mentioned.