Bad news for the (presumably rare) people who relied on Amazon Drive to store their important files in the clouds. Amazon is ending Amazon Drivea storage service on the clouds which the company launched in 2011, under the name of Amazon Cloud Drive.
Current users will no longer be able to upload files to Amazon Drive starting January 31, 2023. And the service will shut down completely on December 31, 2023. So if you have files stored only on Amazon Drive, you’ll want to upload or move to another storage service on the clouds until then…unless the only files you care about are photos or videos. Because these have already been migrated to the other storage service on the clouds from Amazon: Amazon Photos.
Amazon Photos, which is designed specifically as a photo and video backup and sharing service, will continue to exist indefinitely.. Anyone with an Amazon account gets 5GB of free video storage. And all Amazon Prime members get unlimited storage for full-resolution photos.
People who need more space for their videos can pay:
- 100 GB for $2/month or $20/year
- 1 TB for $7/month or $60/year
- 2 TB for $12/month or $120/year
It’s also possible to pay for even more video storage, but only if you foot the bill for an annual plan, as monthly options aren’t available beyond 2TB. Prices range from $180/year for 3 TB of storage at 1800 dollars/year for 30 TB.
Of course, you can also migrate to one of dozens of other cloud storage services, including Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, and more.
As for Amazon Drive, it will begin to slowly fade into oblivion this fall. Amazon says it will remove Amazon Drive apps from iOS and Android app stores on October 31, 2022. More details can be found in the Amazon Drive deprecation FAQ.