Amazon Drive will close at the end of 2023, but photo storage will not be impacted

Data stored on Amazon Drive is on hold. Users will have to turn to another cloud service, unless they only have photos there, which can be transferred to Amazon Photos.

Amazon Drive was launched in 2011, 11 years ago, with a free plan offering 5 GB of storage in the cloud, which had not failed to attract many users wishing to do away with USB keys. On December 31, 2023, the service will close. It seems, indeed, that Amazon Drive is not profitable enough for the cloud giant.

A multi-step closure

Some important information should be noted on the sidelines of this announcement. First: This decision will have no impact on Amazon Photos. Indeed, photo backup will continue, and that’s no doubt a relief to many since unlimited storage is clearly one of the most popular features with Amazon customers. The only novelty, from January 1, 2024, the use of the Amazon Photos application will be mandatory.

Secondly, and this is not insignificant, the date on which Amazon communicates (i.e. December 31, 2023) is the one from which it will no longer be possible to recover files stored on Amazon Drive. Stopping the service will actually be done in several steps. Thus, from October 31, 2022, the Amazon Drive mobile applications offered on Android and iOS will disappear. Then, on January 31, 2023, it will no longer be possible to store new data on your Amazon Drive account, with the exception of photos and videos.

Finally, it should be noted that if people who use Amazon Drive to store their photos there will indeed be able to keep them, they will still have to perform an action which will not a priori be automated: trigger their transfer from Drive to Photos. Amazon justifies this manipulation by the fact that the two services do not share the same applications.

As a reminder, Amazon Photos allows Amazon Prime customers to store their photos unlimited, with 5 GB for video storage. 5GB of storage is free for all Amazon members anyway. As for the paid options, they are billed at €1.99 per month for 100 GB of storage space, €9.99 for 1 TB and €19.99 for 2 TB.

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